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Assemblyman Schmitt Sends Letter to Gov. Cuomo Regarding Restrictions on Gyms

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STONY POINT, NY – Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt (Stony Point) sent a letter to Governor Cuomo regarding the ongoing restrictions on local New York gyms and fitness centers that have been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In recent weeks there has been a significant uptick in outreach from local gym and fitness center owners, employees and clients to Assemblyman Schmitt’s office. They have reached out with grave concerns over the lack of clear guidance or even a potential runway to reopen.

The concerns they raise are not just for the economic viability of their businesses which are true homegrown gym and fitness venues, not big box chain gyms. The concerns are far deeper and speak to the very nature of health and wellbeing that we are all quite focused on right now.

Assemblyman Schmitt recently visited Granite Barbell Gym in Hamptonburgh to inspect the specialized cleaning and sterilization process that can be used by local gyms and fitness centers to reopen with COVID-19 modifications.

Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt stated, “Our local gyms and fitness venues serve as a place for New Yorkers to focus on their physical, mental and emotional health needs. Many serve local residents who are on strict regiments to ensure physical health to prevent or relieve pain or tackle some other physical ailment.

Many of these venues serve as an outlet for mental health and emotional health stimulation. People who battle PTSD is one example that has raised with me in the last several days. Locally Granite Barbell Gym in Hamptonburgh highlighted to me how they can serve veteran members who follow specific workout regiments as a healthy outlet instead of the use of prescription drugs or other homebrew solutions.

“I believe the long term overall health value of authorizing the reopening of these local gym and fitness centers with some modified restrictions will go a long way in keeping New Yorkers healthy. I urge the Governor to take this into his utmost timely consideration.” said Assemblyman Schmitt.

Brett Somerville, Co-Owner, Granite Barbell Gym stated, “I’d like to thank Assemblyman Schmitt for visiting my small gym in Hamptonburgh to see that we can open and operate successfully following safety protocols and social distancing. Gyms serve multiple purposes and are beneficial to not only an individuals physical health but their emotional and mental health as well. Here at Granite Barbell Gym – we are a family and we are there for each other. Not being able to see my clients for over 4 months has been tough for both me and them. We appreciate Assemblyman Schmitt’s attention to this issue and we are hopeful that Governor Cuomo will lift some restrictions to allow us to operate safely and start helping people again!”

Assemblyman Schmitt’s Letter to Governor Cuomo

Anthony Esposito, Owner of Anthony Esposito Fitness stated, “Local fitness centers like mine have the ability to provide essential services to New Yorkers focused on their mental health and physical wellbeing during this ongoing crisis. I do appreciate the Assemblyman taking the time to safely visit gyms in his district to learn how we can adapt and operate in a safe environment for our clients and trainers alike. It is critically important to lift some restrictions on the smaller gyms and fitness studios that have the ability to socially distance and follow every standard safety protocol put forth, especially in a private 1 on 1 training situation. Thank you to the Assemblyman for continuing to champion this issue for all gym and studio owners and users at this time!”

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Rockland County Executive Ed Day Releases Statement on COVID-19 Spike

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We are in continuous discussions with NYS and the Governor’s Office regarding what they can do to support our efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 locally. I thank NYS for sending additional testing machines and test kits to local providers. Increasing testing will help identify how serious the local situation is while allowing our contact tracing program to warn those who may have been exposed to take protective action, we continue to urge complete compliance with these efforts.

We are continuing to work closely with municipal, community and religious leaders throughout Rockland to remind residents of the need to stay at least 6 feet apart from other people in both indoor and outdoor spaces. And that this social distancing should be practiced in combination with everyday preventive actions including wearing masks, avoiding touching your face with unwashed hands, staying home when unwell, and frequently washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or using hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

It is concerning that the number of active cases continues to increase throughout Rockland and significantly increase within two zip codes within the Town of Ramapo. I am both privately and publicly urging local municipalities to utilize their employees such as building and fire inspectors and police in educational efforts. It is my expectation that appropriate enforcement action will be taken, as necessary. (i.e. building or fire code violations, summonses, etc.)

The Rockland County Department of Health is also responding to locations about which we receive COVID-19 related complaints to provide educational materials and guidance. We in government must focus all our energies on ensuring residents follow the commonsense precautions that limit the spread of this deadly disease.

To the residents of our County, we all need to take this situation seriously. By working together, we can limit the further spread of COVID and protect our families, friends, and neighbors. I strongly urge all Rockland residents to do their part.

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Rockland Health Dept. Issues Potential COVID-19 Exposure Warning in New City

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NEW CITY, NY – The Rockland County Department of Health has released a warning to all residents that a person who tested positive for COVID-19 attended three separate masses at the Gracepoint Gospel Fellowship Church, located at 384 New Hempstead Road in New City during their infectious period.

Anyone who attended the following masses should contact the Rockland County Department of Health to determine if they should quarantine:

Friday, September 18 from 7:30 to 9:00 PM
Sunday, September 20 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM
Wednesday, September 23 from 5:30 to 7:00 PM

 

Contact Rockland County Department of Health Disease Control by calling 845-364-2997. If your call is not answered, please leave a message with your complete contact information and we will contact you as soon as possible.

** This article will be updated when more information is available. **

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