15 Jan 2021

Gym fined for breaching Covid rules

The owners of an Isle of Wight gym have been fined for breaking coronavirus rules.

Fixed penalty notices totalling £2,400 were served on the owners of Evolution Gym, in High Street, Ryde, and two of its customers following a joint investigation by police and the Isle of Wight Council.

Police attended the gym on Sunday 10 January following reports customers were still using the premises in breach of the current health protection regulations.

On attendance, officers encountered two people exercising inside. Both were reported for summons to be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £200 each.

The information was shared with the council and officers have subsequently served fixed penalty notices on the owners of the business, which for a first offence are £1,000 each.

Superintendent Sarah Jackson said: “The guidelines around indoor sports facilities are clear and it is disappointing that this gym continued to operate, potentially putting others at risk.

“The local authority leads on business breaches of the regulations and have taken action against the owners of this premises.

“We hope this sends out a message to other businesses that breaching the regulations will be dealt with robustly to keep everyone safe and prevent the spread of this deadly virus.”

The police and local authority have been working together to deal with compliance of both individuals and businesses.

If business owners are unsure of the requirements, require advice on being Covid-secure, or if the public are aware of any premises that are trading outside the restrictions, then please contact the council on covidregs@iow.gov.uk

Councillor Gary Peace, Cabinet member for community safety and public protection, said: "We recognise it is a difficult time for businesses and the public alike.

"The recent restrictions are required to limit social contact to reduce the transmission of the virus. We are pleased to report that the vast majority of people and businesses continue to follow the guidance and do their part to reduce the infection rate.

"The guidelines around indoor sports facilities are clear and it is disappointing that the gym continues to put everyone at risk.

"The Island cases have now exceeded 1,000 per 100,000 and those found to be breaching the rules, as with this instance, should expect necessary enforcement action to be taken against them."

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  • Fixed penalty notices totalling £2,400 were served on the owners of Evolution Gym and two of its customers.
  • Business owners who require advice on being Covid-secure, or if the public are aware of any premises that are trading outside the restrictions, contact the council on covidregs@iow.gov.uk
 
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