In an effort to halt the spread of coronavirus, the District of Columbia has implemented restrictions on public activity. However, some people are choosing to ignore the rules — and one of the most prominent is someone who sits on the United States Supreme Court.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is known for her love of the gym, with celebrities even filming themselves copying her exercise routine, and despite the pandemic and the social distancing guidelines that have come with it, she hasn’t stopped going there to work out, according to Breitbart.
Ginsburg hits gym despite pandemic
“Everybody’s been shut down,” Ginsburg’s personal trainer Bryant Johnson told the website Law360, Breitbart reported. “The only reason why I didn’t shut the justice down is because, hey, she ain’t having it.
“She has that grandfather status to me and if she wants to train, that‘s the least that I can do,” the 30-year Army veteran added, according to Breitbart. “Her choice is, she doesn’t make excuses not to do it. So we find ways to do it.”
Ginsburg’s trainer went on to explain the safety precautions he and the octogenarian justice have been observing. “Well it’s like this: Before I go in, I wipe down every piece of equipment that I think she is going to touch and come in contact with,” Johnson said. “Then I go back in and wash my hands.
“All I have to do is set it up and she just automatically knows exactly what I want to do,” he continued, noting that he is able to keep his distance during the training sessions. “It doesn’t require me to grab her, hold her, get up close and personal.
“I don’t know anybody who doesn’t feel better after a workout is completed and that includes the justice,” Johnson remarked, according to Breitbart. “No matter what, we try to get it in twice a week.”
Flouting the rules?
However, while Johnson’s admiration for his famous client’s dedication to fitness is undertandable, Ginsburg’s behavior doesn’t seem to comply with Washington, D.C.’s COVID-19 stay-at-home order.
“Individuals shall not linger in common areas of apartment buildings and shall not use buildings’ facilities, such as gyms, party rooms, lounges, rooftop, or courtyard spaces,” it states. “Such spaces are unlikely to be disinfected often and could otherwise exposed individuals to the COVID-19 virus,” the restrictions put in place by Mayor Muriel Bowser read.
While the order does make an exception for those attending a “health care operation,” it specifically says that “fitness facilities, exercise gyms, spas, massage parlors, or other similar facilities” are not exempt from the rules.
“Our message remains the same: stay home,” Bowser stressed in a public statement accompanying the order.
“Staying at home is the best way to flatten the curve and protect yourself, your family, and our entire community from COVID-19. Many people want to know how they can help right now, and for most people this is how – by staying home,” the mayor concluded. Apparently, Ginsburg hasn’t gotten — or has simply decided to ignore — the message.