A South Jersey has reopened for business in defiance of a state order. New jersey Governor Phil Murphy's order shut down nonessential businesses to help stem the spread of the coronavirus.
When people heard the gym intended to defy the order beginning today, they began gathering outside the Atilis Gym in Bellmawr several hours before it reopened at 8 a.m.
Around 10:30 a.m. local Bellmawr police officers approached the door through the crowd to speak with the gym's owners. The officers told them that they were "formally" in violation of the shutdown order.
"Formally, you are all in violation of the executive order. On that note, have a good day. Everybody be safe," the officer said before walking away as the crowd erupted in cheers.
Reportedly, the owners were given a disorderly conduct summons by county police but were otherwise not cited.