Local gyms keep close eye on COVID-19 restrictions, changes

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FAIRVIEW TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — As COVID-19 cases surge across the nation and our region, local business owners say they are keeping a close eye on directives coming from Harrisburg.

State officials say there are no plans for shutdown orders like those issued earlier this year. Tonight Eyewitness News talked with gym owners, some of whom were cited earlier this year for violating COVID-19 shutdown orders.

Gyms like Ten X in the Mountain Top area were classified as non-essential businesses by the state. The owners of some gyms disagreed with that classification and remained open. Some were cited. Now some of the owners fear it will be a case of Deja Vu.

“I’m an honest guy. I told my wife I was prepared to go to jail,” Ten X Gym owner Daniel Cronauer said.

Cronauer owns the Ten X fitness centers in Mountain Top and Taylor. He was cited for violating the state’s shutdown orders by Taylor Borough officials. Those citations were eventually dropped. Now he says he’s watching closely what’s coming out of Harrisburg.

“I hope it doesn’t get to that point anymore. I kind of like the governing officials to decide ‘hey you’re an adult I’m an adult let us make the decision whether we feel comforts me coming to the gym or not or any business for that matter’,” Cronauer said.

Cronauer says his staff cleans and sanitized the gym all day and believes they should not have someone else determine their fate.

“I don’t think it’s right to say you’re shutdown. I said we will do whatever it takes to stay open. As you see, people with masks are working out. If that’s what we need to do we’ll do it. We’re just asking let us make that choice,” Cronauer said.

Keith Bluhm works out on a regularly at the Ten X. He says he wants to decide for himself if he should go to the gym.

“I think if people exercise their own personal responsibility. I think you feel you’re at risk, if you feel susceptible, elderly more susceptible getting sick you may stay home,” Bluhm said.

On Wednesday morning Larry Danko who owns fitness centers in Plains Township and Dallas went to district court to fight a COVID-19 closure violation. The case was dismissed when Dallas Police could not make it to court. Danko did not want to comment on the case.

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