CULPEPER, Va. - Two Republican state senators in Virginia are representing a gym owner who is suing the state’s governor for closing down his gyms amid the coronavirus pandemic.
State Sen. Bill Stanley and Ryan McDougle filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Culpeper County on behalf of Merrill C. “Sandy” Hall.
Hall owns several Gold’s Gym facilities across Virginia.
The lawsuit argues Gov. Ralph Northam exceeded his authority when ordering the closure of nonessential businesses, including fitness centers, on March 23.
The governor’s spokeswoman says he will continue to base his decisions on science, public health, and the safety of all Virginians.
Nonessential businesses are slated to be closed in Virginia until early May.
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