Wednesday, May 20, 2020 5:39 PM EST
By JOHN SEEWER and ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, AP
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio judge has slammed the state health director's order shutting down gyms during the pandemic as an arbitrary and oppressive decision. Eugene Lucci is a judge in Lake County Court in northeastern Ohio. He ruled Wednesday in a case brought by local gyms challenging Dr. Amy Acton's March 22 order shutting down gyms and fitness centers as nonessential businesses. Gym owners argued Acton exceeded her authority. Lucci ruled that gyms provide important physical and mental health benefits. The judge's ruling only affects Lake County, and gyms are scheduled to open May 26.