Health clubs, gyms challenge California coronavirus pandemic rules in court

18 September 2020

The California Fitness Alliance filed a lawsuit charging the Newsom administration with unfairly targeting this industry as part of COVID-19 containment efforts and demanding that gyms be allowed to reopen.

In the lawsuit, gym owners claim the state closed gyms without showing proof that they play a role in the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The legal action, filed Sept. 15 in Los Angeles County Superior Court by this 300-member organization, alleges that the lengthy closure comes at a time when millions of people are being deprived of the ability to exercise indoors to maintain health during a summer of record high temperatures and unhealthful air quality due to wildfire smoke.

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