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The Checkup: Rutland gym ordered to stay closed

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With this regular feature, the Banner runs down breaking local and regional developments in the coronavirus crisis.

The numbers

According to the Vermont Department of Health, a total of 934 cases of COVID-19 had been reported in the state as of Saturday morning, an increase of one from Friday.

Sixty of those 934 cases are in Bennington County. No Vermonters died of the disease over the past day; the total is still 53.

So far, 22,276 tests have been administered. Twenty people are being monitored, and 860 have completed monitoring, the state reported. The health department estimates that 804 people have recovered from COVID-19.

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Rutland gym accused of violating executive order, ordered to close

A judge on Friday issued a temporary restraining order against a Rutland gym that had opened in violation of Gov. Phil Scott's executive order.

The restraining order, issued at the request of Attorney General T.J. Donovan, directs Club Fitness of Vermont and its owner, Sean Manovill, not to conduct any in-person, indoors operations at any fitness center so long at the executive order remains in force.

Donovan filed a civil suit against Club Fitness on Friday after police reportedly saw patrons exercising without masks and without proper social distancing. Donovan had earlier tried to convince Manovill to comply with the executive order, and had issued issued a cease-and-desist order.

The lawsuit, the first filed to enforce measures imposed by Scott to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, was filed in the Civil Division of the Rutland Superior Court.

"I'm disappointed we have to go to court to seek compliance with the governor's lawful executive order," Donovan said. "The vast majority of Vermonters have done the right thing. It's not fair to them or other businesses to let Mr. Manovill openly violate the order."


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