JACKSON, NJ – Although he moved his training outdoors local gym owner Anthony Kapasakis called the state of New Jersey after indoor private training was declared allowed. The state said his plan to allow customers back indoors under the state’s new guidelines was acceptable. A month later, Kapasakis’ Old Bridge SETS Hybrid Training location was shut down by the Old Bridge Police Department. In response, he has also closed his gyms in Jackson and Freehold to avoid getting into a situation like the owners of the Atilis Gym in Bellmawr.
Kapasakis believes he was following Governor Murphy’s 157th executive order and nearly 9,000 customers later, had a 0% COVID-19 positivity rate since opening in late July. That order allowed for personalized individual training. Now, Kapasakis, like hundreds of gym owners across the state will have to wait until Murphy lets his science decide the fate of the industry.