East San Jose gym complies with county health order, temporarily closes

A San Jose gym that defied Santa Clara County's COVID restrictions has temporarily closed in compliance with health orders.

In an email to members obtained by KTVU, the East San Jose business, California Ripped Fitness apologized for the closure over the weekend and said the business had no choice, blaming a "court order." 

"If we didn't close now we would of been shut down permanently." It continued, "We are still fighting our legal battle for your rights and ours, hopefully we will be open soon." 

Santa Clara County Counsel James Williams told KTVU Monday, there was in fact no court order and that the gym is complying under the purple tier restrictions that do not allow indoor gym operations. 

The gym has recently accrued $550,000 in fines for operating indoors in violation of Santa Clara County's health order. 

KTVU reported earlier this month that the county received 35 complaints against the gym since December. 

The gym owners could not be reached for comment Monday afternoon. 

KTVU's Azenith Smith contributed to this report.