Gym owner refuses to pay £ 30,000 fines after Downing Street Party – archyde

The owner of a gym fined £ 30,000 for refusing to close his gym during the lockdown has criticized Boris Johnson over recent reports of Christmas parties allegedly held at number 10 last year .

Steven Todd said Mr Johnson lived on a “two tier system” in which those in power follow different rules than the rest of the country.

Mr Todd was ordered by a district judge to close his Preston, Lancashire Reps gym for three months in February after it was revealed he had kept it open during the lockdown. reports LancsLive.

The closure order was issued after a series of police raids that found gym goers on the premises when it was illegal to visit such a facility.

Preston Magistrates’ Court said there have been “at least 15 cases where gyms were not allowed to open when Mr. Todd was open”.

Mr Todd has been issued three fixed deposit notices of £ 10,000 for violating coronavirus law. Despite losing his case in court, he vowed not to pay the fines

In response to recent reports of alleged parties and gatherings held at No10 over Christmas time last year, Todd accused the government of hypocrisy, saying that “there are rules for us and rules for them”.

“How can they have a party when they want us all to go around the shops in masks a lot?” he asked.

“It’s like a two-tier system. There are rules for us and rules for them.

“I thought there were laws for all of us, but that doesn’t seem to be the case and that’s not very fair.”

Mr. Todd further accused Mr. Johnson’s administration of “disregarding” legislation it created.

“When you legislate, you should follow it and set an example and not disobey it,” he said.

“You can’t expect that from us. Last Christmas no one was allowed into the house – that’s not right.

“You can’t say that and then have parties on Downing Street?

“This is 100% unfair.”

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