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Local pool service refuses to close, claiming “essential” status

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HANNA CITY (WEEK) -- D&L Pools has had two visits from local law enforcement telling them to close down.

The first happened last week, shortly after Gov. JB Pritzker's "stay at home" order went into effect.

Officers arrived at the Peoria location and asked them to close, saying the business was non-essential.

D&L Pools President Don Danley says he complied, but a week later, his second location in Hanna City remained open.

On Thursday, April 2, Peoria County Sheriff's Deputies showed up again, asking Danley to close the business.

He gave in, but not entirely.

The Hanna City location is no longer allowing customers inside, but they are offering curbside pickup.

Danley says he's staying open because the sanitizing products he sells qualify as "essential" under the governor's order.

He adds that some of his clients depend on his services for medical needs.

"A lot of customers I talk to have hot tubs, and their doctor prescribed a hot tub for them," Danley explained, "it's their physical therapy. That's what they have to have."

Danley said even when his stores were open, they were following proper sanitary recommendations and social distancing.

D&L Pools' Hanna City location remains open for curbside pickup, but their Peoria location is completely closed for the time being.

D&L Pools in Hanna City

Sheridan Swathwood

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