A defiant gym owner in Massachusetts responded to authorities shutting off his utilities by ordering generators and porta potties so that he could keep his business open.
Prime Fitness and Nutrition owner Dave Blondin said that he has already been hit with $6,000 in fines over his defiance, but a GoFundMe campaign has raised more than $10,000 for his legal fees.
"I'm extremely frustrated by it all," Blondin said to WCVB-TV. "I'm extremely frustrated by the governor. I'm honestly embarrassed for the state of Massachusetts."
Blondin said he originally agreed with the lockdown order but has since reopened, and his gym members responded positively.
After authorities shut off water and power to the gym, Blondin responded with even more resistance. He told a local morning radio show that the gym was staying open.
Blondin order porta potties and generators, according to HOT 96.9.
**UPDATE PRIME FITNESS IN OXFORD IS STILL OPEN AND OPERATIONAL DESPITE HAVING NO WATER OR POWER. Owner Dave Blondin… https://t.co/rPHxfU8VbN— The GetUp Crew (@The GetUp Crew)1592488025.0
The owner put up signs at his gym calling the command a "bogus court order."
Prime Fitness Gym in #Oxford. @telegramdotcom https://t.co/jeC78DampS— Christine Peterson (@Christine Peterson)1592494099.0
Authorities responded by changing the locks and posted the court order on the front of the gym.
BREAKING: locks are being changed at Prime Fitness in Oxford. #wcvb https://t.co/GViztCx3vm— Todd Kazakiewich (@Todd Kazakiewich)1592511523.0
Members can be seen walking out as the locks are being changed in the video.
Oxford police have now placed a court order on the door of Prime Fitness that the gym is closed. Members have conti… https://t.co/2alTvbH9Pq— Beth Germano (@Beth Germano)1592505855.0
A local reporter reporter said that the members continued working out despite the order.
"This is people's choice to come here. I'm not forcing anybody to walk through these doors," Blondin said. "They are making their own choice to walk through these doors and as an American, it's a free country."
Gyms will be allowed to open under phase 3 of the coronavirus lockdown plan in Massachusetts, which is currently in phase 2.
Here's a local news report about the gym defiance:
Oxford Gym Ordered To Shut Down After Defying Coronavirus Plan www.youtube.com