Rutland gym ordered closed, owner accused of violating Scott’s executive order

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RUTLAND, Vt. – Club Fitness of Vermont was ordered to remain closed Friday after the Attorney General’s Office sued the Rutland gym for allegedly deying Gov. Phil Scott’s State of Emergency by attempting to open.

After an effort to convince Club Fitness owner Sean Manovill to comply voluntarily, Attorney General T.J. Donovan sent Manovill a cease and desist letter on May 5.

But Donovan’s office says the gym was again open Friday. An officer reported people were not wearing masks or social distancing.  There were also apparently no safety signs and no hand sanitizing stations.         

A Superior Court judge granted a temporary restraining order shutting down the facility late Friday. A hearing is scheduled for May 29.

This is the first lawsuit enforcing Scott’s mid-March order shutting down all non-essential buinsesses in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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