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Arizona Gym Closure Violated Rights Of Health Clubs


A judge has ruled Gov. Doug Ducey’s closure of gyms across Arizona in response to the pandemic violates the due process rights of health clubs.


Judge Timothy Thomason set an Aug. 11 deadline for the governor to set up a system for giving fitness businesses a chance to apply to reopen. Thomason ruled health clubs were denied due process because they couldn’t apply to reopen until Ducey ended the shutdown.  Tom Hatten, chief executive of a health club chain that challenged the order, said he plans to reopen his clubs on Aug. 11.  Ducey spokesman Patrick Ptak said the governor’s office is reviewing the decision.

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