Harbor Park CrossFit Fights for Right to Stay Open During Pandemic
As CrossFit gym owners across the United State are once again considering the prospect of closing their doors in the wake of rising cases of COVID-19 nation-wide, one gym owner has decided to fight the prospect of closing. Harbor Park CrossFit owner David Yandel filed a lawsuit against the city of Racine, WI to keep his gym open.
Why it matters: Yandel’s suit was effective as the Racine County Circuit Judge ruled in favor, deciding that Racine’s COVID-19 ordinance was unconstitutional. The judge also ruled that Racine’s ordinance violated Wisconsin’s state constitution on the basis that it interfered with the “right to assemble”.
- Yandel filed the lawsuit on the grounds that shutting down his gym based on the city’s ordinance would cause damage to his business.
- Though initially a victory for Yandel, the judge suggested the city adopt a new plan to combat COVID-19 with more details and explaining the broad details of the original ordinance.
- An appeal of decision is expected as the Mayor of Racine has requested an immediate stay of the judge’s decision.
- Under the current ordinance, Racine’s public health administrator had the ability to order businesses to close.
- Gym owners have been fighting local and state governments when it comes to opening, whether they were essential businesses and in what phase of opening they should be considered.
The bottom line: Most gyms across the country have just weathered a closing, some for upwards of four months, and cannot afford another closure. Yandel’s victory could be a blueprint for other gym owners who have reopened their business only to fear that they will have to close again.