May 22, 2020

Gym Owner Replaces 'Closed' Sign with Bill of Rights

  • Flyover Country

By: Nate James

In Brief:

A South Carolina gym owner is defying police orders to close his business by citing the Bill of Rights.

The Background:

Larry Holiday, owner of Fitness 365 in Pickens, South Carolina, has kept his gym open during the coronavirus shutdown, despite several cease and desist orders from police. reports:

Pickens Police responded to Fitness 365 twice in the last 24 hours; once Tuesday night around 8:20, and one more time early Wednesday morning. Both time, officers entered the gym and requested all gym members leave the facility.

Officers placed a sign on the door, saying the gym is closed until Monday, May 18th. Holiday removed the sign, replaced it with the United States Bill of Rights, and reopened his gym.

"I understand that we do have a health crisis in this country, there's no doubt about that," said Holiday. "There's people dying, but there's also people dying because of what has happened, what this has caused financially, and other ways. I just feel like its time to take a stand."


Notable Quotes:

“We have great gym members here, and they’re just ready to get out and they’re wanting to come in and so we’re just here for them. It makes me sick as an American citizen to see our rights trampled on.”

  • Larry Holiday, owner of Fitness 365 in Pickens, South Carolina

Nate James writes from Texas.

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