AZDHS: Life Time now complies with Gov. Ducey's executive order on gym closure

Officials with the Arizona Department of Health Services say Life Time will comply with an executive order issued by Governor Doug Ducey that ordered all indoor gyms and fitness clubs to close their doors until July 27 to curb the spread of COVID-19. 

The action taken by Life Time was announced in a statement released by AZDHS Friday afternoon.

"As of noon on July 3, Life Time will be closing the indoor fitness areas of all of their Arizona gyms. Other services provided by Life Time, such as the salon, spa, food service, kids clubs, and pools, will remain open for business," read a portion of the statement.

In the meantime, health officials note that the Mountainside Fitness location along Shea in Scottsdale has made it clear that they will not comply with the executive order.

"ADHS will move forward with seeking to enforce its Emergency Measures against Mountainside Fitness to protect the public health and welfare against the serious threat posed by COVID-19," read a portion of the statement.

Compliance letter

On Thursday, FOX 10 reported that AZDHS officials sent letters to both Life Time and Mountainside Fitness, demanding that they comply with Governor Doug Ducey's executive order by noon on Friday.

In the demand letters, both Life Time and Mountainside need to give written assurances to the department stating that they will abide by the governor's executive order. If they do not, the department will file a civil action against both gyms seeking a temporary restraining order.

The Mountainside Fitness location that received the demand letter is their North Scottsdale location off of Shea and Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevards.

Two Life Time locations received demand letters, one to its Tempe location near Priest Drive and south of Elliott Road, and the other to the Biltmore location.

READ: Mountainside Fitness compliance letter

READ: Life Time compliance letter 


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Scottsdale police cited Mountainside Fitness at its Frank Lloyd Wright and Shea Boulevards location, and Phoenix police cited its Paradise Valley location at 54th Street and Shea Boulevard.

Both citations were for a Class 1 misdemeanor which could result in a fine of up to $2,500.

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