Orchard Park gym owners push back against police, health department saying regulations are unjust


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ORCHARD PARK, NY (WIVB) – The rage over the restrictions of the new orange zone has turned into a moment of tension inside the Orchard Park gymnasium.

Robby Dinero of Athletes Unleashed helped organize a protest with other business owners who are upset that they will have to temporarily close again because case numbers are soaring in Erie County.

In this video circulating on social media, you can see that during a gathering of the Erie County Sheriff’s Office they arrived with someone from the County Health Department.

The owner did not want them on his property, so a group of them forced them out.

News 4 reached the Erie County Health Department on Saturday, and officials say they will talk about this on Monday.

Deniro says he disagrees with the way the country is handling the lockdown and feels gyms are being unfairly targeted

“No standard. No reason or rhyme. Personally I’m very happy that martial arts studios are going open. Gymnastics studios are going to be open, dance studios, I think that’s cool. I’m glad Walmart is going to be open because Walmart is hiring so many people,” Target Etc. How do they differ from this gym? “

Erie County Director Mark Bolloncars Last week it announced that gyms are one of the places COVID-19 is spreading, as are supermarkets, restaurants and large gatherings

The owner has temporarily closed the ‘Divorced Athletes’ program and is following state guidelines, but says he will continue protesting.

News 4 has reached the Erie County sheriff’s office, but they were unable to provide us with comment at this time.

Sarah Menkewicz is a reporter who has been a part of the News 4 team since 2019. See more of her work Here.

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