The fight for small businesses continues during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ian Smith, owner of Atilis Gym in New Jersey, has not let up in his defiance of Gov. Phil Murphy’s lockdown orders.
Despite constant fines from the state of New Jersey, Smith has left the doors to his gym open.
On Saturday morning, David Reaboi tweeted out a video showing Smith refusing to back down. Needless to say, it was pretty epic 48 seconds. Check it out below.
These guys are the best. Heroes. pic.twitter.com/SFgwc0taWb
— David Reaboi (@davereaboi) December 12, 2020
Smith also recently joined Fox News to discuss how Gov. Murphy has been going after his livelihood for defying his orders.
“Governor Murphy has thrown everything he possibly could to shut us down,” Smith told Fox News. “He has arrested my partner and I, given us over 60 citations, some of them criminal. He fines us $15,497.76 per day for every day we’re in operation. Our fines are totaling over $1.2 million, but every single day, Frank and I open our gym.”
This is a man trying to survive, and survival exists beyond the concept of life and death. Fighting for your livelihood is something every American has the right to do, and we commend Smith for his perseverance.
It’s unfortunate that Smith is evening having to go to these lengths in the first place, however. He built Atilis Gym from his own blood, sweat and tears. And now the government is trying to tell him how to run it.
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