A gym owner has caused controversy after announcing he will give free memberships to people who do not get the Covid-19 vaccination.
Ian Smith, who owns The Atilis Gym in Bellmawr, New Jersey in the US, announced the move on Twitter this week after Krispy Kreme revealed it would give free donuts to customers who show their vaccination cards.
“In light of Krispy Kreme giving free donuts for receiving the CVD shot, here at The Atilis Gym we are giving out free memberships to all who don’t get vaccinated," he wrote on Twitter.
“We believe in health — the real way — exercise, good diet, plenty of Vitamin D, Zinc, and an environment to destress.”
Gym owner labelled 'irresponsible' for anti-vaxx stance
The post quickly drew a lot of attention, with people both praising and slamming his decision during the Covid pandemic.
“Vitamin D cannot get rid of Covid. This is an extremely irresponsible thing you’re doing,” one person responded.
“How can someone 'prove' they didn’t get vaccinated?” a man asked.
"You’ve essentially offered a free membership to anyone who walks in. Not a good business model."
“So people who are healthy and believe in science aren’t welcome? And unvaccinated people can be in close quarters…doesn’t sound like a gym at all — sounds like Russian roulette,” another man said.
A handful of people said they wished they lived closer to the gym so they could join and show their support.
Mr Smith claimed in a Twitter post on March 18 that he has been banned from flying with American Airlines because he refused to wear a mask.
He's also made numerous posts criticising Covid restrictions and has repeatedly refused to temporarily close in keeping with state laws.
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