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As small businesses throughout the United States go head-to-head in a battle against the coronaviruss, one suburban New York gym owner says he’s only halfway through the match.
Peter Belmar, owner of Belmars in White Plains, located 25 miles north of New York City, said despite being against the ropes, he is not about to throw in the towel.
“I'll be there fighting until the last bell,” Belmar told FOX Business. “And I'm not going to quit halfway. I'm going to see the fight to get to the end.”
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New York’s stay-at-home order went into effect on March 22 and phased reopening began May 15, allowing for manufacturing, construction and curbside retail to resume in parts of the state that met certain criteria.
However, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, during a Senate testimony earlier this month warned that reopening states too quickly could reverse economic recovery and “trigger” more infections that may not be controllable.
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With health a prime concern, Belmar is “rolling with the punches” until it’s time to open shop.
“I'd rather be safe than sorry. These are people’s lives at stake” he said. “I could always start a new business I could always, you know, move to a new country… there's a million things I could do. But the only thing I can’t do is bring back somebody who's actually died from it.”
Belmar, known as the “Smiling Assassin,” was a professional Thai kickboxer with several titles and championships under his belt, and he's a skilled boxer. He gained knowledge about running a gym in London where he competed and trained for 10 years before moving to the United States and starting his own.