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NY – SHOOTING SPORTS – Sportsmen’s clubs lobby to reopen

State Sen. Pam Helming, R-Canandaigua, joined local leaders of several sportsmen’s clubs in issuing calls for the state to allow them to re-open amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “This is a common sense issue. Everyone, including our local sportsmen’s clubs, are putting public health first. Many of the activities these clubs offer, including targeting shooting and sporting clays courses allow for even greater social distancing than launching a boat from a marina or playing a round of golf,” Helming stated in a release issued Tuesday. The senator’s comments echoed calls from other leaders in the regional shooting sports business, such as Steve Verdi, chairman of the board for the Ontario Rod & Gun Club. “On behalf of Ontario Rod and Gun Club Officers, Board of Directors and our 400 members, we request to fully reopen our club to sport shooting, training classes and events,” Verdi stated. While the New York State on PAUSE Act has allowed several businesses to stay open with slight changes to reduce the possible spread of the new coronavirus, rod and gun clubs have not received the essential business designation, a necessity to remain open. Yet local officials are beginning to push for a change in designation, coming on the heels of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement Monday about how and when to start phasing in the reopening of various businesses. “Reopening shooting sports clubs is another step in a return to safe, recreational activities. As various facets of public life prepare to reopen, it is important to proceed in such a way that the public feels reassured that the activities can be engaged in safely, responsibly and in adherence to recommendations and guidelines established by our Public Health Officials,” said Canandaigua Town Supervisor Cathy Menikotz.  [full article]

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