‘I will not close my business’: Scottsdale gym owner balks at COVID-19 closure order from health officials

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By Ryan Randazzo | Arizona Republic

State health officials have ordered Self Made Training Facility in Scottsdale to close for violating rules aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19, but owner Jeffrey Mahaffey says he is keeping the business open.

Related: AP: UA researchers urge 3-week shutdown, statewide mask mandate.  

Mahaffey said he has been cited dozens of times by Scottsdale police since summer for disobeying the governor’s executive orders. Now, he refuses to comply with the state order, which he says is overreaching.

He said he tore down the closure notice that the Arizona Department of Health Services hung in his gym’s window on Wednesday, and he won’t stop doing business even if the state tries to padlock his doors.

“They can try,” Mahaffey told The Arizona Republic on Friday. “I’ll just take the doors off the hinges if that’s the case … I will not close my business.”

State health officials ordered his gym to close for violating rules intended to prevent the spread of COVID-19, officials said Friday, making it the second gym to face such sanctions this month.

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