Bill Summary for H 594 (2019-2020)

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Jun 4 2020

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View NCGA Bill Details2019-2020 Session
House Bill 594 (Public) Filed Wednesday, April 3, 2019
AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE INDOOR OR OUTDOOR EXERCISE AND FITNESS FACILITIES, GYMS, HEALTH CLUBS, AND FITNESS CENTERS TO RESUME OPERATIONS WHILE ALSO SAFEGUARDING THE PUBLIC HEALTH TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) AND TO ALLOW CERTAIN EXISTING ESTABLISHMENTS TO OFFER AND OPERATE OUTDOOR DINING AND BEVERAGE SERVICE OPTIONS.
Intro. by K. Hall, Howard, D. Hall, Richardson.

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House committee substitute deletes the content of the 2nd edition and now provides the following.

Authorizes exercise and fitness facilities, gyms, health clubs, and described fitness centers to open and resume operations notwithstanding gubernatorial or local emergency declarations, subject to 15 specified qualifications and requirements. Among those qualifications and requirements are the following. Requires that the establishment have been in existence on March 10, 2020, or have had a valid certificate of occupancy and state business license by that date. Restricts capacity to 50% of the authorized fire capacity, with on-premises childcare restricted to 50% of its currently allowed occupancy. Requires all employees to answer a health questionnaire and have their temperature checked daily, as well as wear face masks except when actively leading a group fitness class or when outdoors and socially distanced. Sunsets the authorization 30 days after any applicable emergency declarations expire or are otherwise terminated to permit indoor and outdoor fitness and exercise facilities, gyms, health clubs, and fitness centers to open for full unrestricted operations. 

Changes the act's titles. 

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