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A gym at Bellmawr reopened Monday, in violation of the executive order from the governor, was closed Thursday morning by the state and district health departments.

“Alright guys, so we arrived at the gym this morning for Governor Murphy’s dirty tricks, playing with his strength in the health department,” the gym owner posted on his Instagram page Thursday. “For now, the gym will be closed. We have a full cleaning crew inside, once again going above and beyond.”

An orange sticker from the Camden County Health Department stated an embargo and a four-page notice from the state Health Department were affixed to the door.

Signs were placed on the storefront last night “without building inspections or anything,” co-owner Frank Trumbetti to FOX 29.

The Atilis Gym in Bellmawr was closed by the Ministry of Health on Thursday morning. (Rebecca Everett | NJ Advance Media)

Trumbetti said he did not know what the embargo meant and the state health department’s notice referred to laws involving infectious diseases.

The sewer system that serves the gym “suddenly” was supported on Wednesday, “right after that [Gov. Murphy’s daily] giving directions where they say the Health Council will be involved, “Trumbetti told FOX 29, which forced its members to evacuate. The waste remediation team was at the site on Thursday, according to FOX 29.

A call to the lawyer for the gym was not immediately returned.

District and state health spokesmen also could not be contacted immediately.

Bellmawr Gym

The Atilis Gym in Bellmawr was closed by the Ministry of Health on Thursday morning. (Rebecca Everett | NJ Advance Media)

Atilis Gym in Bellmawr allowed a number of members to use the facility starting Monday. Their temperature is checked when they enter and they are required to wear face coverings and follow suit other rules. Co-owner Ian Smith said they limit capacity to 20% or around 44 people at a time.

Murphy was questioned Monday while briefing his coronavirus about reopening the gym and he suggested efforts to enforce closure orders might increase.

Gym owners say they opened it less than a year ago and the lock has “strangled” their business. They said it would continue to operate even though the GoFundMe ticket and page began paying the fines they had collected nearly $ 50,000 on Thursday.

The gym has been released at least three quotes since opening, each includes a fine of up to $ 1,000 and possible jail time.

Trumbetti said the gym would remain closed but he encouraged members to exercise in the parking lot.

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