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Clublife still open despite order to close, case now heads to court

May 22, 2020 12:45 pm
Abby Hoover is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media ClubLife Health & Fitness in Valatie has emained open despite receiving orders from the Code Enforcement Department to shut down, Kinderhook Town Supervisor Patsy Leader said May 18. The town will let Kinderhook Town Court handle the matter from here on, Leader said. “I think we did what we had to do so far,” Leader said. Town of Kinderhook Code Enforcement Officer Wayne Voss ordered the business to stop operating as a gym and fitness center until current executive orders are lifted. ClubLife owner Alex Rosenstrach was also served an appearance ticket for violating the governor’s executive orders and the state Public Health Law. Rosenstrach has been a proponent of quickly reopening businesses for weeks. Enforcement can be carried out by any law-enforcement agency that has jurisdiction, Columbia County Department of Health Director Jack Mabb said. Cuomo introduced a four-phase plan for reopening regions that qualify. “I think there’s a reason why gyms are Phase IV, because they’re very germy places,” Mabb said. “It’s easy for the virus to spread in gyms because people are breathing hard and it’s probably hard to wear a mask when you’re working out.” Mabb encouraged the gym’s members to stay home. He said although he is having trouble working out at home, if his gym opened tomorrow, he would continue to stay home. “There’s no way I would go to that gym,” he said. “It’s just the perfect place for the virus to breed...” Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.