Non-Essential businesses in the province were ordered to close their doors to the public on March 27th in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and police and community peace officers were given authority to issue fines for those who break the public health orders.
An Airdrie gym was found to be ignoring those rules and could be facing a hefty fine.
Anytime Fitness located on Railway Avenue in Airdrie has since been ordered shut by AHS.
The gym had not only remained open to the public but had blocked out their windows to hide the fact that people were working out inside the facility.
AHS has ordered the window coverings to be taken down and the business will remain closed until the order is rescinded by an executive officer of Alberta Health Services. Closure notices have also been posted on all the entrances of the facility.
Tickets start at $1,000 for individuals for a first offence and can run up to $100,000 for more serious violations. Subsequent violations could fetch establishments a fine of up to $500,000.