Judge: Washington state gym does not have to pay virus fines

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — An appellate judge has ruled that the Washington state Department of Labor and Industries did not show sufficient evidence to fine a gym owner for alleged violations of coronavirus regulations in Yakima. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports that one of Anytime Fitness’ owners, Bradshaw Development Inc. was fined more than $9,000 in July and $29,000 in August after the department said the gym exposed its employees to COVID-19. Judge William R. Strange ruled in favor of the gym after they appealed the fines. Anytime Fitness attorney Scott Brumback said the ruling was a victory for owner Wes Bradshaw. Department of Labor spokesperson Tim Church says the agency disagrees with the decision.