Police fine Merseyside gym owner who stayed open despite Tier 3 restrictions

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Published on October 15, 2020 by

A Merseyside gym which remained open despite new coronavirus restrictions has been fined by police.

Officers attended at Body Tech Fitness in Moreton, Wirral, twice on Wednesday as new Tier 3 measures, including the closure of gyms, bars and betting shops, came into force.

After the new rules for the Liverpool City Region were announced, owner Nick Whitcombe said on his Instagram page the gym would be staying open.

On Wednesday he posted a video showing five police officers in the gym.

Merseyside Police said officers were called to the gym on Pasture Road at 8.35am on Wednesday after a report from a member of the public that it was contravening new legislation.

Officers ordered the gym to close but when they returned later that day and it was still open, the owner was issued with a fixed penalty notice ordering him to pay a £1,000 fine.

A Gofundme page set up to help the gym with any legal costs has raised more than £24,000.

A petition calling for the Government to prevent gyms closing as a measure to stop the spread of Covid-19 has been signed by more than 131,000 people.

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