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Anti-mask, anti-vaccine gym ordered to close by Interior Health

Gym ordered to shut down

UPDATE: 1:55 p.m.

Interior Health has spoken out as to the reason behind the closure notice issued to Flow Academy.

In a brief statement to Castanet News, officials say the health authority did show up at the Sutherland Avenue gym Wednesday evening.

"Interior Health attended Flow Academy the evening of April 20 with RCMP and city bylaw staff to execute a search warrant and we were denied entrance by the operator," the statement said.

"We issued a closure notice at that time based on ongoing non-compliance with public health orders and failure to comply with a court-issued warrant for inspection.

"We are now exploring additional enforcement action and will provide an update once we have taken those next steps."

During a news briefing Thursday afternoon, Interior Health chief medical officer Dr. Albert de Villiers said it's premature to speculate what further action could be taken.

"We are looking at potential next steps, but we need to wait to see how the business responds...if they are going to stay open," he said.


ORIGINAL STORY: 12 p.m.

Flow Academy has been ordered to cease operations immediately.

Following an investigation, Interior Health issued the closure order this week.

The Kelowna gym made headlines after it was discovered they were banning membership to anyone who had received a vaccination, and refusing admission to the gym to anyone wearing face coverings.

It was later believed Flow Academy was continuing to offer classes after provincial health orders banned all indoor classes.

Interior Health ordered the closure under Section 30 of the Provincial Health Act, which states there is a "risk of causing a health hazard in contravention of the act."

Flow Academy also operated without ever receiving a business license from the city to do so.

An attempt to obtain a business license was denied by the city March 10.

Since that date, risk manager Lance Kayfish says FLOW Academy has been issued six fines totalling $3,000 for continuing to operate without a license.

Owners of Flow Academy have not returned calls for comment. Nor have they indicated whether they will comply with the order.



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