Who is Ian Duncan Smith?
Ian Smith is the owner of a gym in Bellmawr, Camden County, in New Jersey who announced that the Atilis Gum will give out free memberships to anyone who does not receive a Covid-19 vaccine. He defied New Jersey’s pandemic restrictions when they refused to follow Governor Murphy’s Covid-19 shutdown order.
— New York Post (@nypost) March 25, 2021
Ian Smith Fitness
The owners of the Atilis Gym is engaged in a public fight to keep the fitness center open last year amid the coronavirus pandemic, holding indoor workouts against the state’s orders, since early July 2020, after having first reopened on May 18, defying the state’s business shutdown orders.
The gym remained open for three days before it was shut down by state health officials, prompting a legal battle.
Ian Smith Gym Owner
After defying New Jersey’s coronavirus restrictions, Superior Court Judge Robert Louge ruled that the owners, Ian Smith and Frank Trumbetti, must pay nearly $124,000 in fines for the action. Lougy also ruled that for every day the gym remained open amid restrictions, the owners would be fined another $15,500.
The ruling also allowed the state to implement a barricade to the gym’s entrance “as expeditiously as possible.”
At the time, Camden County health inspectors had found that the gym failed to provide staff with gloves and masks, exceeded capacity limits and did not implement social distancing. According to reports, the gym had covered its windows, blocking anyone from seeing into the building from outside.
Ian Smith Twitter
Now, Smith has racked up more controversy by tweeting in response to Krispy Kreme’s offer of free doughnuts to those who get vaccinated, saying that his gym would offer free memberships to those who do not receive the vaccine.
Many responded to Smith’s tweet, calling him out. One user wrote, “This is reckless and irresponsible.” Another tweeted, “You’re an idiot. Over 545K are dead from this virus and you’re trying to fool everyone into thinking you care about their “health”.
Ian Smith GoFundMe
Smith even started a GoFundMe page for the Atilis Gym, stating, “because Atilis Bellmawr has not been in operation for a full year and does not have a full-time staff, we do not qualify for any bailout money from the government…”
Earlier this month, Smith was temporarily banned from American Airlines after he refused to wear a mask on his flight in Orlando.
Ian Smith Bellmawr NJ Drunk Driving
Ian A. Smith was a 20-year-old Stockton University student in 2007 when he drank 10 to 12 beers and in the morning ran a stop sign, killing Kevin Ade, 19, of Galloway Township, according to 6ABC reports at the time. He was also charged with possession of marijuana and hypodermic needles.