GRAND RAPIDS - A Federal Judge in Grand Rapids has issued a preliminary injunction allowing indoor gyms in Michigan to reopen on June 25 at 12:01 am.
Michigan gyms were ordered to close on March 16 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
U.S. District Court Judge Paul Maloney said Michigan presented a “blanket ‘trust us’ argument, which is insufficient to continue the closure.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer plans to appeal the ruling.
“Governor Whitmer respectfully, but strongly, disagrees with this decision, and will be seeking immediate relief from the Sixth Circuit," a statement from the governor's office said. “With this ruling, the court is playing a dangerous role it should not play: second-guessing and upending the data-informed decisions that have saved thousands of lives in Michigan. The idea that gyms – with their high levels of heavy respiratory activity, shared indoor spaces, and shared surfaces – might be one of the later businesses to come back online in the midst of this global pandemic is hardly surprising and highly sensible.”
Gov. Whitmer has said that she hopes to move the rest of the state into phase five of her MI safe start plan by July 4, which would reopen more businesses, including gyms.