Oxford Gym Opening Early, Defying Gov. Baker's Reopening Plan

OXFORD, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A gym in in Oxford in opening up early in defiance of Gov. Charlie Baker's four-phase plan aimed at safely reopening the state.

Dave Blondin, owner of Prime Fitness and Nutrition, said he's willing to pay the fine for opening early. He told WBZ NewsRadio that the shutdown amid the coronavirus pandemic has been going on for too long.

"I think a lot of small businesses need to get back to work. People have bills to pay and we can't just keep going on like this," Blondin said.

He also believes the mental health of his clients is being affected.

"I have a lot of gym members that are severely suffering really bad right now with PTSD," Blondin said.

Gyms fall into phase three of the state's reopening plan. Blondin said the town is issuing him a small fine but he's ready to pay it.

WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports

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