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Home Health & Fitness Massachusetts gym defies coronavirus court orders, stays open: ‘If I have to...

Massachusetts gym defies coronavirus court orders, stays open: ‘If I have to sit in jail… I will’


The proprietor of Prime Health & Diet, who reopened his gym in Oxford, Mass., in Might regardless of state tips requiring it to stay closed, says he’ll stay open, regardless of a court order to shut and fines from the city – and he’s even prepared to threat jail time.

Dave Blondin stated he’s going to proceed to combat to hold his doorways open for his members. “If I have to sit in jail to protect my business, then I will. I’ve literally built this gym since I was 20 years old, I put every little ounce of me into this place and I will not let it go down.”

Blondin appeared in court through phone on June 4. He stated Oxford city officers have filed the lawsuit after he refused to shut. He’s racked up fines from the city beginning at $300 per day. As of Wednesday, they elevated to $1,000 per day.

“It’s time to get back to normal, I can go from the financial part of it to the people’s mental health, but, people need to get back to their regular lives. So many businesses are shutting down and I’m not going to let this place go down,” stated Blondin.

Blondin tells Boston 25 he believes the governor’s orders are unconstitutional, however a decide sided with the city, ordering him to remain closed till the state permits gyms to reopen. He’s now planning on interesting each single wonderful and can proceed to reactivate memberships. His appeals listening to is scheduled for subsequent week.


Prime Health members appear to have no subject with the violation. They inform Boston 25 they really feel comfy figuring out with the brand new security restrictions put in place by Blondin.

“It’s pretty consistent. The spray bottles are always full and as a group, if we see someone not cleaning or picking up after themselves we just take it upon ourselves to tell them that’s our responsibility as gym members here, we’re all in it together,” stated Richard Casey, a gym member.

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