Coronavirus: SLO CA gym Club 24 gets COVID-19 order citation

Club 24 fitness center in San Luis Obispo has been issued a citation for violating the statewide order on businesses to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Club 24, located on Foothill Boulevard near Santa Rosa Street, was issued a $1,000 citation by the city Monday after multiple complaints the gym was not complying with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s statewide order applying to San Luis Obispo County facilities.

Local gyms and fitness centers may operate outdoors but not indoors because the county exceeds the state’s criteria for its COVID-19 case rate.

“The city did receive a complaint and responded to ensure they were clear on the guidance for their business,” said Greg Hermann, San Luis Obispo’s deputy city manager. “The city then received additional complaints and responded to document the continued violation for purposes of issuing a citation.”

COVID-19 violations could result in further fines, citations

San Luis Obispo city attorney Christine Dietrick said that subsequent activities could result in additional accrued fines; criminal misdemeanor or infraction citations related to the state public health orders that also constitute “that also constitute municipal code violations and pose public safety risks.”

“Each day a business continues to violate can be a separate, immediate fine,” Dietrick said, “and each member of the public they admit in violation of the orders could be a separate, immediate fine because violations of public health orders of this type are immediate threats to public health and safety that don’t require the usual notice and time frame to correct that would apply to some of the more routine property based violations.”

The gym is the third business in San Luis Obispo to receive a citation related to the COVID-19 safety regulations.

The city previously issued fines to McLintock’s and Buffalo Pub and Grill in downtown San Luis Obispo.

The citation came after a member of the public told The Tribune on Friday that the Club 24 location had been open for inside workouts with people not wearing masks.

On Sunday night, multiple people were seen walking from the inside of the facility to the parking lot without masks on.

Club 24 officials didn’t respond to multiple Tribune requests for comment Monday.

San Luis Obispo community development director Michael Codron said the city is currently not enforcing parking regulations to provide businesses with the opportunity to expand outdoors.

The gym would need to work out any parking lot uses for exercise with the landlord, Codron said.

Coronavirus cases increase in SLO County

On Monday, San Luis Obispo County reported its highest single-day increase of coronavirus cases to date — 85.

Also on Monday, the county said that a 16th person has died locally due to COVID-19.

As of Aug. 6, only the cities of San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay had issued citations for violations of coronavirus orders, as county government officials and other San Luis Obispo County cities have urged voluntary compliance and issued warnings.

Morro Bay issued 12 citations for people ignoring road closures put in place with the intent to limit large group gatherings early on in response to COVID-19.

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Nick Wilson covers the city of San Luis Obispo and has been a reporter at The Tribune in San Luis Obispo since 2004. He also writes regularly about K-12 education, Cal Poly, Morro Bay and Los Osos. He is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara and UC Berkeley and is originally from Ojai.

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