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Appeals court rules gyms in lower Michigan must remain closed

State gym owners want answers about a reopening date (MGN)
State gym owners want answers about a reopening date (MGN)(WJHG)
Published: Jun. 25, 2020 at 2:42 AM EDT
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(6/25/20) - A federal appeals court has halted a lower judge’s order and kept closed gyms and fitness centers that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered shut months ago to curb the coronavirus.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 3-0 late Wednesday to grant an emergency stay sought by the governor. U.S. District Judge Paul Maloney said last week that gyms could reopen at 12:01 a.m. Thursday.

Whitmer had planned to reopen gyms, movie theaters and bowling alleys by July 4 if coronavirus case trends remain favorable. In less-populous northern Michigan, gyms and fitness centers got the green light on June 10.