Owner of Hudson Valley tattoo shop to reopen store

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — The owner of a Hudson Valley tattoo parlor said he will reopen his shop on Saturday, defying the state's orders amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

Roberto Antonio Minuta, who has owned Casa Di Dolore in Newburgh for seven years, said he is an essential business because he has a family to support.

Minuta will hold a rally at 9 a.m. Saturday at his tattoo parlor, located at 784 Broadway and asks those attending to wear facial coverings and respect social distancing.

"I know there are tons of you and I don't expect you to lose your job over this," Minuta said in a video posted to Facebook. "But you cannot enforce these supposed laws. They are not laws."

The Mid-Hudson region has already entered Phase 1 of reopening and could enter Phase 2 as early as June 9.

Offices, real estate, in-store retail with restrictions, commercial business management and hair salons and barbershops are among those that will be allowed to reopen in Phase 2 and  Minuta said he feels his business falls under that category.

Minuta told Patch that he had originally wanted to reopen Tuesday, but tookadditional take time to get some legal counsel.

Minuta added that his motivation is not financial, though closing his business has hurt, but to stand up for freedom and "take a stand against a tyrannical governor who has no respect for lives."

"At some point we have to say we've done our job to flatten the curve and this needs to end," he said.