The Springfield News-Sun wasn’t able to reach Jerry Scafone for comment.
Clark County Health Commissioner Charles Patterson said the health district doesn’t have the power to close the gym. The only aspects it has jurisdiction over is the gym’s pool and spa — and he said it didn’t close those either.
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“The Board of Health did not shut down Workout Warehouse,” Patterson said.
Workout Warehouse recently announced it would permanently close its doors beginning the day after Christmas. The business pointed fingers at the health department and the EPA as reasons for the closure. JENNA LAWSON/STAFF.
The health district found issues in the gym’s spa in June, Patterson said, and Workout Warehouse received a critical violation on a routine inspection for not covering up outlets in the spa area.
Director of Environmental Health Larry Shaffer said the main drainage/skimmer system to the spa had been disconnected and rerouted to two pipes that flowed into the top of the spa.
Those pipes weren’t covered, he said, and that created a danger to anyone who used it.
“It creates high suction,” Shaffer said. “Somebody’s hair could get up in there. Your bathing suit could easily get sucked up.”
Shaffer said any violations are recorded on an inspection sheet, reviewed with the business owner and also emailed to them. Critical violations are expected to be resolved as soon as practical.
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The health district tried to give the owner as much leeway as possible in fixing the issue, Shaffer said. In July, the owner was approved by the board of health for a variance, which acknowledges and accepts that the owner either did not want to or could not fix the problem.
In later inspections, the critical violation was no longer listed. But the Ohio Department of Health rejected the variance in December, and the health district sent a letter to the owner, Jerry Scafone, notifying him of the change.
Both Shaffer and Patterson said none of that means the health district shut down the spa or the gym at any point in time.
“His decisions on how to operate the business are just that, his decisions,” Shaffer said.