Gyms and health clubs would be allowed to reopen at 50% capacity under legislation introduced in the Senate on Wednesday — the legislature’s second attempt to overturn parts of Gov. Roy Cooper’s current coronavirus executive order.
Sen. Rick Gunn, a Burlington Republican, brought the bill to a Senate committee, which heard from a series of fitness center owners who said it would help them avoid continued revenue losses. Gunn is the same senator who introduced a bill that would reopen outdoor seating at bars. That bill is still pending on Cooper’s desk, although he and other Democrats have criticized the measure.
Gunn’s proposal would allow gyms, yoga studios and other fitness facilities to reopen if employees get their temperature taken daily and wear masks unless they’re leading a fitness class where they can social distance. Temperature checks wouldn’t be required for gym customers, which prompted concerns from several senators Wednesday.