The owner of a gym in Washington State has decided to remain open despite hefty fines levied by the state for disobeying Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee’s restrictions intended to slow the spread of COVID-19.
According to the News Tribune, “Graham Fitness was hit with eight violations totaling $77,112 by the state Department of Labor & Industries on Friday for violating the Safe Start mandate to close up shop.” The outlet described the penalty as the state’s “largest pandemic fine to date,” the total breaks down to $9,639 per day.
“They can fine me whatever they want,” owner Michael Knick told the News Tribune on Friday. “I don’t have it.”
“If the government comes and forces me to close, they could take me to jail,” he said in the video. “They could give us a bunch of fines. We’re not too worried about that. They can fine me $1 million a day. What does it matter if my business is going to shut down if I shut down?”
On Friday, Knick told the News Tribune: “I guess I’ll just have to go bankrupt and open up as another LLC and play the game.”
Sources: The Associated Press and The Seattle Times; Photo: seattlepi.com