A gym which allegedly defied lockdown rules to stay open has been ordered to close for seven weeks.
Prophecy Performance Centre in Speke, Liverpool, was issued with a partial closure order at Sefton magistrates court on Monday.
Nathan de Asha, the gym’s owner and a professional bodybuilder, said that police had “harassed” him.
The order rules that he will be able to use the gym to train, along with a “spotter”, but access to the public is barred. De Asha was ordered by the court to pay costs of £2,500.
De Asha, 33, told the court that the gym had been operating as a “community hub” open only to those who are exempt from coronavirus restrictions, including elite athletes, those with disabilities, including mental health problems, and people classed as vulnerable, such as those with a BMI over 40.
Under the current rules, gyms in England are closed to the general public until at least 12 April.
Liverpool city council had applied for a full closure order, forcing the gym to close for three months after police raided the premises on 7 February. Three people were arrested including De Asha, who has said the police “mauled and abused” him…