PHOENIX — The Department of Health Services says it has sent a “Demand for Compliance” order to Mountainside Fitness and LifeTime Fitness as the gyms refuse to follow Governor Ducey’s executive order to close.
Governor Ducey issued an executive order earlier this week saying that all bars, gyms and movie theaters must close to help limit the spread of the coronavirus.
Both gyms have since defied the order, and continue to operate their facilities.
Many gyms across the Valley have even filed lawsuits against Governor Ducey, in retaliation for the order. The owner of Mountainside Fitness tells ABC15 he feels the order unfairly targeted one business sector while others like dine-in restaurants and commercial retail have not been forced to close.
If the gyms do not respond by noon on Friday, DHS says it will attempt to take legal action to force them to close by filing “a temporary restraining order, preliminary injunctive relief and declaratory relief as soon as possible.”
ABC15 has reached out to representatives for both companies but has yet to receive a response.