Matt D’Amico, who owns the Maxx Fitness Clubzz franchises in Lincoln and Warren, opened as usual on Monday, however, and has remained open since then. He said that closing would be financially devastating.
“We did it in March, and the shutdown lasted 10, 12 weeks. I just can’t survive it again,” D’Amico said. “It’s not about profitability — it’s landlords, equipment rentals, payroll, and staff. And, I don’t think it’s right, when everyone else gets to stay open.”
The Health Department issued $500 fines at both locations and ordered the facilities to close immediately and stay closed until the restrictions are lifted.
But D’Amico has refused to shut down. Both Maxx locations were open and busy on Wednesday.
“You can say we’re fighting for freedom. It’s what it is,” D’Amico said. “I invested millions of dollars.”
Raimondo ordered the two-week pause in an attempt to stem the rising wave of