A gym in England has not closed despite the lockdown. The director says he stands up for what he thinks is right.
Non-essential shops, leisure and entertainment venues were closed in England as of Thursday as new coronavirus restrictions came into effect.
Justice Minister Robert Buckland has warned people who commit “gross violations” of the lockdown rules to expect tougher action.
The police can issue a fixed sentence to someone “reasonably believed” to have committed a crime under the regulations.
However, Kevin Harper, director of the Majestic Martial Arts gym in Wigan, said he had been asked by members to stay open.
He said, “The government really needs to think about the position on this.
“I have no criminal record, I am not known to the police, I have never had problems with the law and I am criminalized for doing what I think is right and also protecting the right of my members who are paying members and exercise. “
He said there have been no cases of illness since the gym reopened in July and regulations have been followed.
He added, “The factory next door has more workers than us members and they have no impact or restrictions, but my industry will be closing soon.”
“The mental health benefits of this industry, especially at this time of year when you look at suicide rates, are incredible.”
Elsewhere, Bedfordshire Police said officials working with Bedford Borough Council had issued a prohibition notice to a gym owner that violated coronavirus regulations by staying open.
The troop said three people were being fined at Gainz Fitness and Strength in Bedford, while they warned that additional visitors would risk a fine.
“We understand that exercise is a priority for many people, but we urge you to find an alternative, such as exercising at home or outdoors,” police said on Facebook.
“We all have to do our part to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Unfortunately, this means businesses like gyms are having to close.
“If you are going to come to the Gainz gym, please don’t do so, or you risk being fined.”
In Liverpool, the Cirq D-Play soft play center appeared to be open Thursday morning, although PA news agency staff refused to comment
A notice displayed in the window quoted “Article 61” of the Magna Carta and said, “Any attempt to enforce an illegal act, statute, or statute against me will be considered high treason, for which you will stand before a people’s jury that is still judged Gallows carries. “
The Magna Carta Peace Treaty was signed by King John and the rebel barons in 1215, stating that the monarch and the government must not act above the law.
However, today only four of the 63 clauses are legally valid, and Clause 61 is not one of them.
On Radio Five Live, a Greater Manchester gym owner named Jayne told the Emma Barnett Show that her studio was open for exercise classes on Thursday.
She said, “I don’t think it’s legal to tell someone to close their gym if it is going to help people.”
“Fitness helps the NHS.”
Greater Manchester Police Chief Ian Hopkins, who was also on the agenda, said the force will assist local authorities in enforcing the restrictions.
He said, “We recognize the impact this has had throughout the Northwest and beyond.
“Our police stations were closed during this time, we never reopened, and we absolutely recognize that health and fitness are important to us all, both physically and mentally, but the government has made some decisions to keep them consistent.”