The owner of the club gym in Rutland has been sued for violating Vermont’s lockdown settlements


A gym owner who violated Governor Phil Scott’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” ordinance last May reached an agreement with the state.

Sean Manovill, who violated coronavirus pandemic guidelines by reopening his Club Fitness gym last spring, agreed to make a $ 1,000 payment to Vermont Foodbank for violating regulation, Attorney General TJ Donovan said on Friday.

Manovill’s decision to reopen its Rutland and Castleton facilities last spring prompted the state’s first lawsuit to enforce Scott’s orders. He later converted the Rutland site into an outdoor fitness center for several days until the attorney general intervened.

Gyms and similar shops were allowed to reopen on June 1st with restrictions.

Manovill then filed for damages for the “emergency economic and emotional losses” his company suffered from March when the governor ordered the gyms to suspend all personal surgeries. A judge denied these efforts in September.

“These are difficult times for all Vermonters, including small Vermont businesses,” Donovan said in a statement. “But even in these difficult times, we all have to do our part. The vast majority of Vermonters did the right thing by following the direction of the executive branch and the advice of public health experts. I thank all Vermonters who have made and continue to make sacrifices during this time. “

Gyms are now allowed to operate with restrictions, including occupancy restrictions and restrictions on the use of locker rooms and public areas.


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