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St. Thomas gym ordered closed after ignoring provincial order

FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 file photo, gym members use a treadmill to warm up for a morning exercise class in Addison, Texas.
FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 file photo, gym members use a treadmill to warm up for a morning exercise class in Addison, Texas. AP file photo

St. Thomas police say a gym on Wellington Street has been ordered to close after it continued to operate despite a provincial order for all non-essential workplaces to close in an effort to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Few details were released, but police say a complaint had been lodged and municipal bylaw officers went to the gym on Tuesday to confirm the allegations.

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The owner has since been contacted and the business has closed. Police did not outline whether the business owner would face further repercussions.

Mayor Joe Preston said he didn’t think anyone had been charged at this time and the city is currently focused on awareness.

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“We’re kindly getting out there and communicating,” said Preston.

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“If people want to flout the law, it’s like any other crime — we’d like to stop every one we have. In this case, the citizenry of St. Thomas has been very good at just sharing with each other what not to do.”

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Non-essential workplaces were ordered to close as of March 25 for at least two weeks.

“We’re prepared to extend this order if necessary,” Premier Doug Ford said at a news conference when the order was first announced.

“The gravity of this order does not escape me, but as I’ve said from day one, we will and we must take all steps necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19.”

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— with files from Global News’ Ryan Rocca and Nick Westoll 

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