NJ Police Address Gym Owner Defying Governor’s Stay-at-Home Order: ‘Have a Nice Day’

Officers with the Bellmawr Police Department in New Jersey offered a surprising reaction to a gym owner defying Gov. Phil Murphy’s stay-at-home order which shut down most non-essential businesses amid the pandemic.

According to Fox-29, people had arrived at Atilis Gym hours before its doors opened at 8:00 a.m. Monday morning. Shortly after the gym reopened, Bellmawr officers arrived to speak with Ian Smith, the gym’s owner, around 10:30 a.m.

The officers informed Smith that he was “formally” in violation of the state’s stay-at-home order.

“We are and only were here for everybody’s safety today. We planned for the worst and hoped for the best, and it seems like that’s what we have out here today,” the officer said.

While most of the crowd waited in anticipation for the gym to be shut down, the officer said, “Formally, you are all in violation of the executive order. On that note, have a good day. Everybody be safe.”

The crowd roared with cheers for the officers. Now, footage of the moment is circulating on social networks.

An attorney representing the gym has confirmed the Camden County police did deliver a formal summons for disorderly conduct. However, the gym’s decision to reopen was based on their belief that the governor’s order infringes upon their 14th Amendment rights.

During an appearance on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Smith shared his perspective on the situation and admitted that he thought “long and hard” before making the decision to reopen. , pushing back against the governor’s order.

“We think so far, this has been just a gross violation of constitutional rights,” Smith said. “The 14th Amendment states that no state shall pass any law that infringes upon our rights as citizens, and we’ve been forced into our homes. Enough is enough.”

Although Smith is defying the governor’s orders, he has confirmed that his building will only operate at 20% capacity. He also highlighted some of the precautions he and his staff will be taking to ensure the safety of his customers.

“The measures that we took are well above and beyond,” Smith said. “We spread out the entire gym. Everything in the gym is more than six feet apart, including equipment. Every single person walking in the gym is going to have to follow instructions or leave.”

Smith has confirmed he will remain open for business.

As of Monday afternoon, the state of New Jersey has nearly 150,000 coronavirus cases. The death toll stands at 1,323.

Responses

  1. My last paycheck was $9500 working 20 hours a week online. My sisters friend has been averaging 15k for months now and she works about 20 hours a week. I can’t believe how easy it was once I tried it out. The potential with this is endless. This is what I do………….. Employment10.com

  2. Good for you, Ian! Not only are you opening your business which will hopefully provide you with an income again, but you are also putting a few people back to work — KUDOS, and I pray your business will be fully restored soon. I hope other businesses will follow your lead now, and show these liberal governors and mayors they have NO right to rebuke the Constitution to gain the power and control most of them seem to crave. Thank you to the law enforcement officers who exercised their common sense and liberties as well — and I say to them, ALWAYS have a good day, and ALWAYS be safe!

    1. I don’t know if I would call the governor an asshole. He is just uninformed about the constitution of the US

      1. In so far as an actual asshole would not know the constitution, since it does not have a brain and is in fact an orifice which, without thought expels gases and waste material, I’d say that’s a fairly apt description of the governor. Enough is enough. The curve is flattened, our hospitals are not overwhelmed. It’s time to open the states back up. It can be done safely and those who wish to continue hiding out in their basements, like Joe Biden, can stay there. No one is forcing people to go to the gym just because it may be open.

    2. You are right johnny the butt. There are assholes just like you everywhere smelling up the place. It wouldn’t smell so bad if you didn’t talk out your butt.

      1. WOW I’m soooooooooooooooooo impressed by the depth and cogency of your thought Bob. Pretty good for Caucasian trash.

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