Plantation, Fla. – The owner of a South Florida gym was released from prison on Tuesday morning, hours after his gym members were arrested for choosing whether they wanted to wear a face mask during workouts.
“Right now, I believe everything is happening for a reason,” Michael Carnevale said. “I was there for maybe six or seven hours. My wife posted a bond for me. “
Police officers showed up at Carnevale’s business, Fitness 1440, at the Plantation at West Broward Boulevard, on Monday after someone reported that the 24-hour gym was in violation of an emergency order from Broward County that required masks.
Carnevale was ordered to close it, but he refused. He spoke to Local 10 News after being given notice to appear in court for the first time and before authorities detained him and shut down his business.
Carnevale said he believes the orders to cover the face during the Coronavirus epidemic are intrusive.
“If this whole thing is really about health, then this is where we’re getting in some dirty water because I don’t see how I can see my patrons wearing masks on the treadmill, or while they’re exercising.” Can “.
Last week, Carnevale joined a raucous anti-masked rally and filed a lawsuit against the county over its masked ordinance.
Although public health officials say there is evidence the coverings help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Carnavale is not buying it.
“We’ve lost perspective, we’ve lost common sense,” he said.
“Are you worried that you are putting people at risk?” Local 10 Andrew Andrew Perez asked the owner of the gym on Monday.
“One hundred percent I am,” he replied. “I am very worried when someone is dizzy or faint by putting a mask on a treadmill.”
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