Police search Oldham gym after reports members were still using it – and find person hiding in the toilets – Manchester Evening News

Police found a person hiding in the toilets of a gym when they raided the business following reports it was breaking lockdown rules.

Officers visited the property – which has not been identified – on Friday (February 12) after receiving reports it was still being used by members, despite current coronavirus restrictions.

Cops identified themselves, but couldn’t gain access, so forced their way in.

They found two people inside, including one who was hiding in the toilets.

Those people have been issued with £200 fines by Greater Manchester Police.

The gym owner has been issued with a £1,000 fine by Oldham council.

Town hall bosses said owner of the property itself has also been issued with a fine for breaching coronavirus restrictions.

The council said the gym being used was ‘a clear breach of lockdown restrictions’ that potentially ‘put people at risk of coronavirus’.

Councillor Arooj Shah, deputy leader of Oldham council and cabinet member for the authority’s Covid-19 response, said the council will be looking into further reports of gyms opening in the borough.

“We know lockdown has been hard for businesses,” she said.

“We don’t want to see any business shut, but the vast majority of those which have had to close have stuck to the rules and we’re thankful for that.

“People may say there were only two people inside but the government’s rules state that indoor gyms must close. The rules are in place to protect people and cannot be ignored.

“Irresponsible behaviour like this affects us all – it can add to the high infection rate which could stop us moving out of the strict measures currently in place.

“We’ve received reports of other gyms opening and we will be looking into those and will take action if necessary.

“If you see safety breaches report them to us as no one should be put at risk.”