November 28, 2020

More then 30 police officers swoop on gym after owner refuses to close during lockdown – Mirror Online

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/more-30-police-officers-swoop-22996793

More than 30 police officers swooped on a gym in London after the owner refused to close during lockdown.

The Met were deployed to the Wood Green gym to stop members working out at 6pm on Tuesday evening.

Another van of police officers raided the gym again at 8.30am yesterday morning.

Andreas Michli, the owner of Zone Gym, has vowed to keep his business open despite non-essential businesses being required to close until lockdown ends on December 2.

Despite the threat of a £10,000 fine and potential arrest, Mr Michli reopened the gym after police left.

He then posted a video on Facebook saying: “We are not closing! ‘We are staying open because it’s the right thing to do and we need the message to get out there to the public.

Zone Gym owner Andreas Michli has vowed to keep his business open
(Image: ZoneGym/Facebook)

“I am flabbergasted gyms are being forced to close. Gyms have some of the lowest infection rates of business sectors.

“The police have asked us to close but we are going to do right by our members even if the legislation says different. We are keeping people healthy. 

“The police came first last night at about 6pm when there were 30 people inside.

“Then they returned again at around 8.30am when about seven people were already inside.

“This is not about the police, and we understand they have a job to do.

Andreas later posted a video to Facebook saying he would remain open
(Image: ZoneGym/Facebook)

“It’s about people at the very top of government making the wrong decisions.

“Closing gyms is the worst decision I’ve encountered in my life.

“The benefits of keeping gyms open completely outweighs any reasons that exist to close them.

“You improve your immune system by going to the gym which means it makes no sense to close them.’ 

“It’s about people at the very top of government making the wrong decisions.

“Closing gyms is the worst decision I’ve encountered in my life.

Andreas says gyms should be kept open
(Image: Andreas Michli/Instagram)

“The benefits of keeping gyms open completely outweighs any reasons that exist to close them.

“You improve your immune system by going to the gym which means it makes no sense to close them.”

The businessman has since said he will keep the gym open 24/7 until the end of lockdown.

During the raid, furious gym goers unable to enter shouted insults at police with one yelling: “You’re behaving like Nazis. You should be ashamed of yourselves”.

Deniz Coy, 40, from Enfield, North London, was turned away during the police raid and told the Daily Mail: “I got here just as the shutters were coming down.

“As far as I can see no one is following lockdown rules anyway. The streets are full of people. The parks are full.

More than 30 police officers attended the scene earlier this week
(Image: ZoneGym/Facebook)

“I suffer from depression and the gym is my only chance of getting out and doing something.

“That gym is probably one of the safest places there is in the country right now.

“Gyms are helping people. How can you justify closing them?”

But the gym was open again by 11am with police trying to stop patrons from entering.

At lunchtime, enforcement officers from Harringey Council arrived and served the gym with legal papers saying they would force entry today to ensure it was closed.

A Scotland Yard spokesperson said: “Police have attended Zone Gym in Coburg Road, N22, on a number of occasions in the past week to support council officers who are engaging with the business owners in relation to the enforcement of Covid regulations.”