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Former UPS Store owner fined for violating mask mandate

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Published: Jun. 24, 2021 at 9:34 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 24, 2021 at 7:36 PM EDT
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NEWPORT, Vt. (WCAX) - The former UPS Store owner in Newport who violated Governor Scott’s emergency mask mandate has been fined $850.

The judge agreed to the state’s request for a $50 a day fine for the 17 days Andre Desautels was out of compliance.

Desautels argued the fine should be less-- a dollar a day-- since he thinks the mask mandate was illegal.

The attorney general and Desautels agreed the state has no evidence anyone caught COVID-19 in the shop, or that Desautels influenced other businesses to follow suit.

UPS severed its relationship with the store for violating its uniform policy.

Desautels has since moved his business to Derby.

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