Newport business owner ordered to pay $850 for violating mask mandate

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NEWPORT – Orleans Superior Court Judge Mary Miles Teachout today ordered former UPS Store owner Michael Desautels to pay $850 in penalties, as the Attorney General’s Office had requested.

In March, the court ruled in the state’s favor that the Governor’s Executive Order and the related rules established by the Agency of Commerce and Community Development were enforceable and that Desautels had violated the rules by failing to follow the requirement that employees wear masks at work.

The amount of the monetary penalty was the sole subject of today’s hearing.

In its complaint, the State of Vermont alleged that Desautels was in violation of Governor Scott’s orders by working in the presence of others without wearing required cloth face coverings.

“I am pleased that the Court ordered the requested penalty,” said Attorney General Donovan. “I thank the vast majority of Vermonters who followed the science, sacrificed, and kept themselves and our community safe.”

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