Newtown Athletic Club owner Jim Worthington announced his facility will be completely reopening June 15 after seeing Governor Tom Wolf marching with protesters this past week.
The NAC originally planned to reopen for the July 4th weekend, even if it was in violation of the governor’s reopening plan. Now, Worthington has moved up the date to next Monday.
He argued Wolf had required his, and other business, to close to flatten the curve.
“We then watched social distancing and gatherings ignored for protests, then riots and finally the Governor participating in a march… breaking his own rules,” said Worthington.
Wolf responded to public criticism for joining the protests.
“That was inconsistent. I acknowledge that,” said Wolf. “But I was trying to show support for a cause, the eradication of racism, that I think is very, very important.”
Wolf also state going was a “gamble.” However, he was still undecided about taking a test for coronavirus or self-isolating.
“I believe that my life’s work of 42 years of keeping people healthy is essential and important enough at that I must reopen at no cost to my members at this time,” said Worthington. “Principles and beliefs are what this Great Nation was founded on. It is now time for me to stand up for my own.”
The Pennsylvania State Troopers Association also issued a rebuke to Wolf for joining the protests. They criticized him for marching with people carrying “Blue Lives Murder” signs.
“What happened to George Floyd was horrific and wrong. There isn’t a single state trooper who disagrees,” said PSTA President David Kennedy. “But what Gov. Wolf is saying today is the Pennsylvania State Police, and all law enforcement in our commonwealth, are no better than those charged with Mr. Floyd’s death.”