Health Clubs Try Again To Undo Ducey’s Gym Closure Order

Aug 4, 2020

Arizona’s top public health official was grilled in court over why health clubs must remain closed to guard against the spread of the coronavirus, yet other businesses can remain open.

A trainer and club member at Mountainside Fitness, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Phoenix, which has challenged Gov. Doug Ducey's gym shutdown order. A judge heard arguments Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in the challenge filed by Mountainside Fitness and another health club chain.
Credit AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File

Dr. Cara Christ said Monday that customers at health clubs, unlike those in supermarkets and hardware stores, could cause the virus to spread through vigorous breathing.  Two health club chains want a judge to block the state's gym closure order. Public health advocate Will Humble testified on behalf of the clubs. He said a club member who is wearing a mask and social distancing is safer than customers who take off masks as they eat and drink across restaurant tables.