Luzerne County gym opens despite state warnings


PLAINS TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Despite Luzerne County moving into the ‘yellow phase’ in a few short days, Danko’s All American Fitness reopened Tuesday.

Larry Danko, owner of Danko’s All American Fitness says, “as of March 17th we’ve been closed. I’ve been doing this for 30 years, I gotta be open or I’m gonna lose the business.”

Danko says according to Governor Wolf’s re-opening plan, gyms aren’t opening until the green phase. But, he says, his members can’t wait that long.

Danko told us,”I’ll be honest with you to say essential or non-essential, for our members and people that do work out this is one essential thing and they’re very happy to get back in the club and working out again.”

He says he and his staff have taken precautions to protect those who use the gym.

Danko explains, “take temperatures as you come through the door, we do that. We have hand sanitizer stations throughout the club, signage throughout the club. We have social distancing, we follow all the rules. We’re cleaner than most hospitals right now.”

Members have to clean the equipment before and after they use it. Employees wipe the gym down every 25 minutes, and the gym closes one hour earlier than it normally would to do a deep clean.

Danko says he’s aware that there could be pushback for re-opening the gym from local authorities. He says even if he does get cited, he still plans to remain open.

“For business purposes we need to stay open, for our members we need to stay open, for our employees we need to stay open,” says Danko.

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