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UPDATE: Meridian Twp. issues second citation to Crunch Fitness for staying open

 Crunch Fitness is staying open, despite a ruling to keep gyms closed.
Crunch Fitness is staying open, despite a ruling to keep gyms closed. (WILX)
Published: Jun. 24, 2020 at 9:51 PM EDT
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Meridian Township police have issued two citations to Crunch Fitness for defying a judge's order that prohibits Michigan gyms and fitness centers to operate.

The citations were issued Thursday and Friday.

Crunch Fitness first welcomed in its patrons at 5 a.m. Thursday. The gym is located at 2655 E. Grand River Ave.

General manager Jordan Guyton told News 10 on Thursday they will remain open to customers

Gyms, fitness centers and related exercised facilities are, according to a judge's order, supposed to stay closed because of concerns about a potential rise in COVD-19 cases.

All Crunch Fitness patrons are required to wear a mask when they enter the building. Guyton said Thursday he was pleasantly surprised at the large turnout of patrons who decided to return.

"We opened the doors; we wanted people to come," Guyton said.

Adam Hourani, Crunch Fitness owner, told News 10 it isn't fair that gyms must remain closed when places like restaurants have been able to reopen.

Lawyers of the fitness center have aired their grievances with township police regarding to the situation.

State of Fitness is located in the same strip mall as Crunch Fitness and has remained closed.

Owner Justin Grinnell said State of Fitness was ready to reopen Thursday, but he decided against it so members stay safe.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer closed Michigan gyms and fitness centers months ago to curb the any potential COVID-19 outbreak.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 3-0 late Wednesday to grant an emergency stay sought by the governor.

U.S. District Judge Paul Maloney said last week that gyms could reopen at 12:01 a.m. Thursday.

Whitmer had planned to reopen gyms, movie theaters and bowling alleys by July 4 if COVID-19 case trends remain favorable.

In less-populous northern Michigan, gyms and fitness centers got the green light on June 10. The decision prompted the appeal.

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