Updated: November 25, 2020 03:05 PM
Created: November 25, 2020 02:51 PM
(ABC 6 News) - Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison has filed a lawsuit and motion for a temporary restraining order against a Plainview gym for violating Governor Walz's recent executive orders of a partial shutdown to slow the spread of COVID-19.
According to the complaint filed by Ellison on Tuesday, Plainview Wellness Center, a 24-hour fitness gym in Wabasha County, has remained open, allowing its approximately 200 members to continue to use the facility.
Staying open violates Executive Order 20-99, which closed businesses across Minnesota, including bars, restaurants, and fitness centers, until December 18.
The complaint states that the fitness center posted on its Facebook page a schedule of group classes for November and a post saying it "will NOT be closing!"
On November 20, the Attorney General's office called Plainview Wellness Center's owner, Brandon Reiter, during that conversation he reportedly said, "Yes, I do plan to remain open." The complaint also said Reiter claimed that the executive order was unconstitutional and unjust.
The executive order authorizes the Attorney General to enforce its provisions and seek any relief available, including civil penalties up to $25,000 per occurrence.
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