Iowa Gym Owner Cited For Violating Public Health Emergency
A gym owner in Cedar Rapids has been issued a citation for allegedly violating the public health emergency put in place by Gov. Kim Reynolds. Officials say that the owner has been operating beyond the limits outlined in the governor's public health emergency proclamation.
According to KCRG, the owner of Custom Fitness, Jason Bailey, was issued a citation by Cedar Rapids Police on Tuesday, May 12th, for a department of health violation. The citation Bailey received is a simple misdemeanor.
KCRG reports that officers said they observed several people working out inside the gym on Tuesday morning. Officers say that Bailey told them he admitted the he was ignoring the proclamation from Gov. Reynolds.
The current proclamation limits gym occupancy to one customer and by appointment only. This proclamation is in effect for Linn county, which is the county the gym is in, along with 21 other counties, including Scott county.
The Cedar Rapids Police Department said that they received complaints on Friday, May 8th about Custom Fitness, located at 3950 Wilson Ave. SW in Cedar Rapids, breaking Gov. Reynolds' order. Police said they spoke with Bailey and issued him a warning. More complaints came in to the Cedar Rapids Police Department on Saturday from other individuals, including owners of other businesses that were following the Reynolds' order.
KCRG says that Bailey will make a court appearance on June 25, of this year, and he could be receive a fine of up to $625.