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Iowa gym owner is cited for defying coronavirus order

May 12, 2020 GMT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — The owner of a Cedar Rapids business who was violating Gov. Kim Reynolds’ order that limits the number of customers in gyms during the coronavirus pandemic has been cited with a misdemeanor.

Jason Bailey, owner of Custom Fitness, was issued the misdemeanor citation Tuesday after police observed several people working out inside the gym, KCRG reported.

Reynolds’ public health emergency order limits gyms in Linn and 21 other counties to one customer at a time, and only by appointment.

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Bailey acknowledged to police and to KCRG that he was ignoring the proclamation so he could fulfill contracts he had with his customers.

Bailey was given a warning on Friday and the citation was issued after police received complaints, including from business owners who were complying with the order.

Bailey has court appearance scheduled for June 25. He could be fined up to $625.