Preston City Council has issued a statement confirming that Reps Gym can apply to lift the closure order placed on the premises in February after repeated Covid-19 safety breaches.Advertisement
The owner of the Ribbleton gym, Steve Todd, was charged with breaching the order in March.
LancsLive reports that Mr Todd lost an appeal against the closure order at Preston Crown Court on Monday (19 April).
While Mr Todd is quoted as saying “They still won’t let me open until May even though all gyms are now allowed to open”, the statement from Preston City Council confirms the gym could open earlier.
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Ally Brown, Director of Environment and Communities at Preston City Council, said: “Throughout the pandemic we have worked closely with businesses to help them understand changes to regulations and the adjustments they have needed to make to comply with restrictions and protect the public.
“We are continuing to do this as restrictions begin to ease and are extremely grateful to the vast majority of local businesses who have engaged positively with us throughout this difficult time.
“Our Environmental Health team tried to work with Mr. Todd to explain legislation and the requirement for gyms to close. Unfortunately he chose not to comply with the law and continued to operate when gyms were required to close, putting public health at risk. As such we took legal action to close the premises.
“At his recent appeal Mr. Todd was advised by the court that an application can be made to lift the Closure Order on Reps Gym now that gyms are permitted to reopen in a Covid secure way. We have had no further contact from Mr. Todd or his representatives.”
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