A?gym owner has been been slapped with a ￡67,000 fine for opening his business during lockdown - and could even be jailed if he continues flouting coronavirus restrictions.
More than 30 police officers had swooped on Andreas Michli's Zone Gym in Wood Green, London, after the businessman and bodybuilder refused to close.
The 34-year-old had promised Facebook followers he would be ignoring the rules announced by Boris Johnson on October 31.
Dozens of police were then deployed to stop gymgoers from entering on Tuesday evening and again on Wednesday morning.
Michli was given the major fine by the local council and told by magistrates to temporarily keep his doors shut until Tuesday when he can contest the full closure in court.
On Thursday afternoon, Highbury Corner Magistrates Court ordered the company cease trading for five days, though the London Borough of Haringey had applied for a civil order to also prevent Michli from even entering the building.
If the business owner breaches the court order he could be charged with a criminal offence and jailed for up to three months, on top of a further fine.
Haringey Council has requested he pay ￡7,300 in court costs and the ￡3,000 spent deploying the army of PCs.
Close to a dozen gym staff and customers gathered outside the court to support Michli, with only three allowed in the hearing due to social distancing rules.
The Met were deployed to the gym at 6pm on Tuesday.
Despite the threat of a ￡10,000 fine and potential arrest, Michli reopened the gym after police left.
He then posted a video on Facebook saying: "We are not closing!?We are staying open because it's the right thing to do and we need the message to get out there to the public.
"I am flabbergasted gyms are being forced to close. Gyms have some of the lowest infection rates of business sectors.
"The police have asked us to close but we are going to do right by our members even if the legislation says different. We are keeping people healthy."
He said he understood the police were just doing their job and that it is the "very top of government making the wrong decisions".
"Closing gyms is the worst decision I've encountered in my life," he added.
During the initial raid, furious gym goers unable to enter shouted insults at police with one yelling: "You're behaving like Nazis. You should be ashamed of yourselves".
Deniz Coy, 40, from Enfield, North London, was turned away during the police raid and told the Daily Mail: "As far as I can see no one is following lockdown rules anyway. The streets are full of people. The parks are full.
"I suffer from depression and the gym is my only chance of getting out and doing something."
But the gym was open again by 11am on Wednesday with police trying to stop patrons from entering.
At lunchtime, enforcement officers from Haringey Council arrived and served the gym with legal papers saying they would force entry to ensure it was closed.
But a loophole in the wording of the order meant Machli was allowed to enter in his car moments later and after heated talks with officers he pulled open his shutters.
As some protesters clambered over an eight-foot wall, the gym owner flung open the gates and shouted: "I am inviting you in!"
Police appeared unwilling to make any arrests as scores of people streamed into the car park.
A Scotland Yard spokesperson said: "Police have attended Zone Gym in Coburg Road, N22, on a number of occasions in the past week to support council officers who are engaging with the business owners in relation to the enforcement of Covid regulations."
It comes after footage emerged showing police infiltrating a group of people working out in a makeshift gym on an industrial estate outside Ripped Gym in Harlow, Essex, on Sunday.
The gym had been shutdown on November 5 by 15 officers after social media posts showed it was opening despite the lockdown rules.