Federal judge dismisses fitness gym’s suit against Starkville over pandemic closure

Alonzo Osche

A federal judge has dismissed a civil suit filed by a local fitness gym against the city of Starkville.

In an opinion issued Tuesday, Senior U.S. District Judge for North Mississippi Glen H. Davidson said the plaintiff, Starkville Athletic Club, had not proven the city had violated the business owners’ rights when forcing it and other non-essential businesses to close in April 2020 to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Gov. Tate Reeves issued executive orders in April 2020 that temporarily shut down non-essential businesses — which included fitness gyms, spas, salons and barbershops, among others — and aldermen approved

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