Macomb Gym Owner Says He's Reopening Today No Matter What

WWJ News
May 29, 2020 - 8:35 am
The owner of Gold's Gym reopening no matter what

(WWJ) A gym owner whose Facebook page is full of conspiracy theories about coronavirus "hoax" numbers and anti-government sentiment says he will open his business today despite orders to remain closed.

Donald Larson, owner of Gold's Gym Detroit, a franchise he owns in Macomb County, said he will defy Gov. Whitmer's executive order to remain closed until at least June 12 because otherwise his personal livlihood is at stake. He noted to WWJ that people who work out tend to be healthier than average.

He added that he needs to "be there" for his members.

He says he'll reopen safely, with temperature checks, no use of communal showers and lots of disinfection of equipment and sanitizing of hands. He's also offering new equipment and tanning beds.

His move comes as a hair salon group also begs the governor to allow reopening and a barber in Owosso remains resolute in his determination to keep working in a case that may go all the way to the Supreme Court.

Larson says it's time to "get back to fitness."