Trafford Council closes gym for failing to close during lockdown

Trafford Council has closed down a gym which broke the new Government coronavirus rules by continuing to stay open.

Environmental Health officers from the Council received complaints from members of the public that Next Level Personal Training based on Blue Chip Business Park, Broadheath, Altrincham, was still open.

The officers, along with representatives from Greater Manchester Police, attended the gym today (Tuesday, Nov 10) and issued owner Paul Boys with a prohibition notice to close for continuing to trade following the new restrictions introduced on November 5. The new rules required all gyms to close until December 2.

Cllr Mike Freeman, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Public Safety and Governance, said:

“This gym has clearly broken all the rules by staying open and this is not acceptable. We will not tolerate this kind of behaviour from any business which fails to follow the rules and puts people’s heath at risk. If you are open against the rules, we will close you down it is as simple as that.

Trafford Council has made it a priority to keep people as safe as possible in our borough. These are difficult times, but the rules must be followed to ensure that the virus does not spread.”

Trafford Council will impose sanctions and possible fines on any business which stays open and refuses to follow the rules.

As part of the Government’s rules, exercise is permitted on a one to one basis in any outdoor public space.

Posted on Tuesday 10th November 2020