Gym owner fined for ignoring lockdown restrictions
A business owner owner who opened their gym to customers despite it being illegal to do so has been fined £1,000.
Officers from Newark’s neighbourhood policing team attended the Industrial Gym in Brunel Drive, Newark, on Wednesday 13 January after intelligence suggested the premises was open.
When police arrived, two people were found to be using the gym and the owner was spotted by officers sat in a car outside the building.
The owner, a man in his 40s, was issued with a £1,000 fine for failing to comply with requirements for certain businesses to close and the two gym-goers were fined £200.
Neighbourhood policing inspector for Newark and Sherwood Heather Sutton, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This blatant disregard for the lockdown restrictions was swiftly dealt with by our neighbourhood policing team.
“It is astounding that people feel that they are above the restrictions when cases of coronavirus across the country continue to be in the tens of thousands per day and we are consistently seeing more than 1000 people dying from this disease every day.
“Times are really tough for everyone, but we all have a responsibility to ensure we do everything we can to prevent the spread of this disease and lower the impact on the NHS.
“That is why we will continue to take action against those who flout these restrictions. Flouting the rules means it may take longer for the lockdown to be lifted, and I’m sure that’s something nobody wants.
“By working together with our partners and taking action, such as regular patrols, acting on and sharing information given to us and handing out these fines to those flouting the law, we hope it sends a clear message to stay home, follow the rules, protect the NHS and keep people safe.
“I do also want to say thank you to the vast majority of people who we know have been abiding by the rules, your efforts are not going unrecognised and we understand the sacrifices being made in order to protect the NHS.”
Councillor David Lloyd, leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council, said: “Emergency services and frontline NHS staff are working around the clock to protect the public from the pandemic, which is made all the more difficult when the restrictions are disregarded in such a way.
“I know how tough it is but while there are allowances for being able to exercise outdoors, the rules do not allow for people to work out indoors at a gym. We thank the vast majority of the public who continue to adhere to the restrictions, but those who do not should expect enforcement action to be taken.”