Martial arts gym closed for two weeks after coronavirus breaches

A jiu-jitsu gym was temporarily closed by town hall inspectors after refusing to follow Covid-19 rules.

Gracie Barra Oval School in Bolton Crescent, Oval, was penalised by Lambeth council.

A statement from Lambeth said: “One closure order was put in place for consistent refusal to obey the law.”

The closure order was taken initially under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act. The 24-hour closure notice was followed up with court action that saw the gym closed by law for two-weeks. The order remained in place until Friday, December 4.

Council monitoring on December 9 found that after reopening, Gracie Barra Oval School was complying with the Covid-19 restrictions.

Cllr Jacqui Dyer, Lambeth’s cabinet member for jobs, skills and community safety, said: “We know this is hard for businesses, hard for communities and hard for individuals, but we must all work together on this and we must all follow the laws put in place to ease pressure on the NHS and to save lives by reducing the infection rate.

“We are helping businesses to make sure they are compliant, but in instances where they point black refuse, we will be forced to act.”

In total until Monday this week 236 warning letters have been issued for breaching the restrictions – more than half were related to face mask breaches found by council officers.

Pictured top: Gracie Barra Oval School

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