Mansfield gym fined for staying open despite restrictions

Users of a Mansfield gym – which deliberately stayed open in ‘blatant disregard’ for Tier 4 restrictions – were seen fleeing from police after they flouted local lockdown restrictions to work out.

By Katrina Taylor
Friday, 8th January 2021, 8:22 am

Nottinghamshire Police attended World Physiques gym in Botany Avenue, Mansfield on January 4 with more than 20 people fleeing the premises after being caught flouting the rules.

A Police spokesperson said the doors to the gym were locked, and officers had to use powers under the Public Health Act to make their way inside, with one woman attempting to bar Nottinghamshire Police from entering the premises.

After speaking to two people inside the gym, the force said it was clear that it had been operating and allowing a number of people to attend – with one person handed a fine of £1,000 for failing to comply with requirements for certain businesses to close, and another fined £200 for gathering in a group of more than two people indoors.

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The gym on Botany Avenue was opening despite Mansfield being under Tier 4 restrictions requiring them to close.

Neighbourhood Policing Inspector for Mansfield Nick Butler said: "This was a blatant disregard for the rules and regulations which have been put in place to keep people safe from the virus.

"We are back in a national lockdown so it is vitally important now that we abide by these rules and keep our most vulnerable safe.

"The NHS is under immense pressure by people not following Covid-19 laws and it is vital people cooperate to drive down infection rates and begin to return to some kind of normality.

"Flouting the rules means it will take longer for the lockdown to be lifted, and I'm sure that's something nobody wants.

"We're very pleased with the partnership approach we've been experiencing through Covid-19, and this work, particularly with the local council, is so important.

“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.

"We do also want to say thank you to the vast majority of people who we know have been abiding by the rules, doing their part and setting the example.

"It's extremely unfortunate that a small number of people think they can flout the rules and we will of course take firm action wherever this is the case."

Nottinghamshire Police have been working with Mansfield District Council to ensure both the community and businesses are aware of, and following, the current Covid-19 restrictions.

Councillor Marion Bradshaw, portfolio holder for Safer Communities, Housing and Wellbeing, said: “The council is disappointed to hear of this breaking of the rules because it is vitally important that every business acts responsibly at this challenging time to help bring down infection rates.

“The council has been working closely with the police to ensure residents and businesses in our district adhere to the COVID-19 restrictions and we regularly share information and intelligence relating to businesses and people of concern to ensure COVID related issues are dealt with swiftly and effectively.

“We fully support the officers in taking this action.

"It highlights the potential consequences for businesses should they be tempted to break the lockdown rules and we hope this is an isolated incident.”

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