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Hudsonville gym remains closed under court's ruling

Posted at 5:22 AM, Jun 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-25 05:42:54-04

HUDSONVILLE, Mich. — The owners of F45 Training in Hudsonville had planned to reopen next week but can't under a federal appeals court ruling late Wednesday.

U.S. District Judge Paul Maloney said last week that gyms could reopen at 12:01 a.m. Thursday. But a federal appeals court has halted a lower judge’s order and kept closed gyms and fitness centers that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer closed months ago to curb the coronavirus.

Holly Wright and Rusty Ross, co-owners of F45 training say

"We we're a little disappointed, we had told our members Monday was the day we we're supposed to open," co-owner Rusty Ross said.

The training center says it plans to follow the CDC recommendations and since their location is one of the largest, they say social distancing won't be a problem.

"Our workouts are set up on a timer so they are giving us time during them to clean equipment," co-owner Holly Wright said.

Whitmer had planned to reopen gyms, movie theaters and bowling alleys by July 4 if coronavirus case trends remain favorable. In less-populous northern Michigan, gyms and fitness centers got the green light on June 10.

“Today three Republican-appointed judges got it right: in the fight against a global pandemic, courts must give governors broad latitude to make quick, difficult decisions. The governor will continue to take the actions necessary to save lives,” Whitmer said.