Judge Rejects Whitmer’s Request for Gym Reopening Delay

by Josh Colletta

The first step in Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s appeal of a federal court ruling against her closure of gyms and fitness centers has failed.

Last week, U.S. District Judge Paul Maloney struck down portions of an executive order that forced those businesses to remain closed in Michigan, saying that Whitmer’s legal team refused to provide raw data connecting the closure to an improvement in public health amidst the coronavirus pandemic. That ruling requires the state to allow gyms and fitness centers to reopen this Thursday.

Arguing against the judge’s ruling, a spokesperson for Whitmer said the governor understands it to be her office’s decision to make, not the court system’s, and that opening the businesses in question would negatively impact the state’s ability to slow the spread of the virus. The governor plans to appeal the ruling.

But Maloney struck back on Monday, as WTVB reports that he has denied a request to delay the reopening while that appeal takes place.

Despite the reopening, gyms will be required to adhere to existing safety precautions that Governor Whitmer has established for other businesses.