ORCARD PARK, New York (RV) – Opposition to new orange zone restrictions has turned into a time of tension at Orcard Park Gym.
Robbie Dinero, the owner of the released athletes, said the regulations requiring businesses in the Eri County Orange Zone are unfair. That’s why he and other business owners are taking a stand. He and other angry business owners helped organize the protest at the gym.
We were too many. The meeting was going well, ”said Dinero.
Until the arrival of Eri District Sheriff’s Office and Health Department members.
“The sheriffs brought an Eri County health department employee into my building. They didn’t knock, they just walked. ”
Dinaro did not want them on his property, and the protesters chased them away. Business owner and show host Tim Walton recorded the contacts.
“No one wants to put anyone in harm’s way, everyone wants to be safe, but at the same time, people are becoming more and more aware of the dangers, so stay home if you are scared. If you are at high risk, stay home, ”said Walton.
News 4 has reached the Eri County Health Department on Saturday, with officials saying they will contact them Monday.
I did not agree with how Dinoro was dealing with the closure of the empire and I felt that the gyms were being unfairly targeted.
“There is no standard. No poem or reason. Personally, I am very happy that martial arts studios are open. Gymnastics studios open, dance studios open, I think that’s great. I’m glad Walmart employs so many people, Target and others, etc. How are they different from this gym? ”
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncars It announced last week that the gym is one of the locations where COVID-19 is distributed as well as supermarkets, restaurants and conventions.
Dinero says he will continue to protest despite the state’s decision to temporarily shut down the released athletes.
As long as we are closed, closing in on these new restrictions has been very challenging to build that customer list, no one wants to fulfill that promise and we will continue to lose and lose as much as we can and will lose. That is not sustainable. It will shut us down again, just as we have built our community back in the swing of things.
News 4 reached Eri County Sheriff’s Office but could not be reached for comment.
Sarah Minkweiss is a reporter who has been part of the News 4 team since 2019 See more of her work over here