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Some Phoenix gyms stay open in defiance of Gov. Ducey’s COVID-19 order

PHOENIX (KPNX) — Just weeks after allowing the state to begin reopening after closures to help flatten the curve of COVID-19 in Arizona, Gov. Doug Ducey issued an executive order Monday once again closing bars, gyms, movie theaters, water parks and tubing. 

The order also pushed back the start of the 2020-21 school year to Aug. 17. 

The businesses listed in the order were told to close by 8 p.m. Monday but several gyms in the Valley are choosing to stay open. 

Gyms remaining open:

Mountainside Fitness CEO and Founder Tom Hatten announced Monday that his company will sue the state to block Gov. Ducey's order closing gyms until July 27. That lawsuit is expected to be filed Tuesday by Mountainside Fitness. Life Time tells 12 News it supports Mountainside Fitness' lawsuit but Life Time has not formally joined it.

Life Time on Tuesday closed its fitness floors and fitness studios but kept other amenities open.

Life Time has since sent emails to members saying fitness floors and classes will reopen and resume on Wednesday, July 1.

Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema tweeted Tuesday that she called Life Time Biltmore to cancel her membership when she learned the health club was remaining open in defiance of Gov. Ducey's order.

he Body Lab sent emails to members regarding its decision to remain open, stating only six people are allowed in a class at a time and business will remain open and as usual. 

The owner of a small Crossfit Gym in Gilbert made a plea to Gov. Ducey of Facebook asking him to allow her gym to stay open.

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