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Police will cite Dothan business and customers for violating health laws

Police claim Dothan Athletic Club violated health orders when it allowed customers inside...
Police claim Dothan Athletic Club violated health orders when it allowed customers inside fitness facility on April 7, 2020.(WTVY News 4)
Published: Apr. 7, 2020 at 5:24 PM CDT
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Dothan police plan to issue summons to the owner of a local fitness center and a few others will also be cited. Officers claim those are customers permitted to enter through the back door of Dothan Athletic Club, in violation of state health orders.

“We received a complaint about the business and, when investigators went there (Tuesday), they found “three or four” customers inside,” Dothan Police Major Will Benny told WTVY.

He also said paper covered front windows of the business to obscure view to the inside.

Dothan Athletic Club's owner disputes the allegations. Steve Glover, in a text message, said only employees and repair technicians have been allowed inside since the business closed last week.

“I am trying to keep these people employed because (they) need their paychecks. I want to stress that we have been closed to the public,” Glover said.

Per Major Benny, officers first shut down the facility a few days ago on orders of the Alabama Department of Public Health. That agency said gyms and fitness centers cannot operate during the coronavirus pandemic.

He points out that Dothan police have no choice but to enforce those state mandates.

Glover and the others who will be issued summons face fines of up to $500 each.