Gym That Defied Lockdown Reportedly Linked to at Least 419 Infections & One Death

Gym That Defied Lockdown Reportedly Linked to at Least 419 Infections & One Death

City officials are trying to figure out how a single Quebec City gym that refused to obey lockdown orders could have been linked to the infection of at least 580 people including one 40-year-old man who died after contracting COVID.

Health authorities told CBC that the Mega Fitness Gym had broken at least three public health orders before it was forced to shut down on March 31, just as the city was placed under another lockdown amid surging infection rates. The outbreak has prompted local health authorities to conduct an epidemiological investigation into how the virus was able to spread so rapidly, and whether the infections were caused by the deadly U.K. variant.

The gym owner, Daniel Morino, had protested government-mandated business closures by reopening his facility in the middle of a province-wide lockdown last summer. According to CBC, the gym owner had shared social media posts that downplayed the seriousness of the virus and cast doubt over the necessity of wearing face masks.

In June, police showed up at Morino’s gym after receiving a complaint that he had hosted a 5 a.m. “grand re-opening” of his family business. Morino told a local daily newspaper that, after touring the business, the police officers left without imposing any fines or ordering him to shut the gym doors.

“I was not surprised by the presence of the police and I told them to do their job as I did mine,” Marino told Le Journal de Québec, adding that he had taken the necessary precautions to keep his clients safe.

“My biggest fear is going bankrupt… I have nothing to lose. If I am fined $50,000, I will add it to my debts. Either way, it won’t make a difference since I’m going to go bankrupt. I have invested 25 years of my life in this business and I don’t want to go out of business without doing anything. I would regret it all my life. I’m not the people’s savior, but I’m just trying to save my business.”

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