Gym owners fined for breaching Covid-19 rules by remaining open

Gym owners in London have been fined for violating Covid-19 rules for staying open during the lockdown.

The Metropolitan Police said officers were called to the fitness center on Stean Street in Hackney on Friday to report a rule violation.

Officials found that the northeast London gym was open and three people were inside just before 9:30 a.m.

A firm charge of £ 1,000 has been issued to the owners, the Met said.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan declared a “major incident” in the capital as the spread of the coronavirus threatens to “overwhelm” hospitals.

City Hall said the Covid-19 cases in London exceeded 1,000 per 100,000, while 35% more people are hospitalized with the virus than at the height of the pandemic in April.

Numbers released by NHS England on Friday showed the number of Covid patients in London hospitals is 7,277, a 32% increase from the previous week.

The Met’s Chief Inspector Pete Shaw said, “While there are certain rules that allow people to exercise publicly under this ban, nowhere in the law allows people to go to gyms to exercise.”

“Those who break the rules, as in this case, should expect the necessary enforcement action to be taken against them.

“We are grateful that the vast majority of people continue to follow the guidelines and do their part to reduce the infection rate.”


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