H806: Open Exercise & Fitness Facilities. Latest Version

GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA

SESSION 2019

HOUSE BILL 806
RATIFIED BILL

AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE INDOOR OR OUTDOOR EXERCISE AND FITNESS
FACILITIES, GYMS, HEALTH CLUBS, AND FITNESS CENTERS TO RESUME

OPERATIONS.

The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:

SECTION1. NotwithstandingExecutiveOrder No.147,Extension ofPhase2Order
and New Measures to Save Lives in the COVID-19 Pandemic, issued by Governor Roy A.
Cooper on June 24, 2020, any indoor or outdoor (i) exercise and fitness facilities, (ii) gyms, (iii)

health clubs, and (iv) fitness centers, as referenced in Section 8 of Executive Order No. 141,
Easing Restrictions on Travel, Business Operations, and Mass Gatherings: Phase 2, issued on
May 20, 2020, may open and resume operations provided all of the following apply:
(1) The establishment was in existence on March 10, 2020, or had a valid
certificate of occupancy and business license issued by that date.
(2) Total indoor capacity is limited to forty percent (40%) of the authorized fire
capacity. Employees are excluded from the total indoor capacity.

(3) All employees answer a health questionnaire and have their temperature taken
daily prior to working. Any employee showing symptoms or with a fever is
not allowed to enter the establishment.
(4) All employees wear face masks, except when actively leading a group fitness
class or when outdoors and socially distanced. All members and visitors are
strongly encouraged to wear face masks.

(5) Contactless check-in is available, including propping open all entry doors
when possible, or facilities may review possible HVAC system upgrades to
promote improved air filtration and at a minimum provide MERV 11 level
filtration. Markings are on the ground to denote proper social distancing of at
least 6 feet in the check-in area.
(6) Sanitation spray bottles with disinfectant or disinfectant wipes that are
EPA-approved for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) are

available throughout the establishment.
(7) Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the establishment. All hand
sanitizer is comprised of at least sixty percent (60%) alcohol.
(8) Employees conduct frequent routine cleanings of high-touch equipment and
high-use areas while the establishment is open and conduct a deep clean of the
entire establishment after the close of business every day. For establishments
that are open 24 hours a day, a deep clean of the entire establishment must

occur at least once every 24 hours. Disinfectants that are EPA-approved for
SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) are used for all cleanings.
(9) For open space cardiovascular, weight training, and exercise areas, the
following practices must be maintained:
a. Cardiovascular and weight training equipment is used in a manner to
ensure social distancing of at least 6 feet.

*H806-v-3* b. Signage directs foot traffic for social distancing.
c. Employees monitor the areas for social distancing and to ensure that
equipment is being cleaned with disinfectant or disinfectant wipes
after each user.
(10) For studio and group fitness classes, the following practices must be
maintained:
a. Markings are on the ground at the entrances to classes to denote proper

social distancing of at least 6 feet apart.
b. Participants must maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet during
the classes.
c. Stations or equipment used during classes is arranged and used in a
manner to ensure social distancing of at least 6 feet.
d. All doors to studio and group fitness classes must remain open when
possible, or facilities may review possible HVAC system upgrades to

promote improved air filtration and at a minimum provide MERV 11
level filtration.
e. All rooms and any equipment used must be thoroughly cleaned
between classes.
(11) On-premises child care is limited to fifty percent (50%) of its current allowed
occupancy.

(12) Social distancing of at least 6 feet is employed on all open courts and fields.
(13) All personal hygiene areas and amenity services are closed, except for toilets,
lavatories, and lockers where social distancing must be maintained.
(14) Water fountains are limited to filling water bottles only.
(15) Signage is posted to remind employees, members, and visitors of the social
distancing and sanitation requirements in place.
SECTION 2. This act is effective when it becomes law and expires when Executive

Order No. 147, issued on June 24, 2020, is repealed, replaced, or rescinded. th
In the General Assembly read three times and ratified this the 26 day of June, 2020.

s/ Philip E. Berger
President Pro Tempore of the Senate

s/ Tim Moore
Speaker of the House of Representatives

_____________________________________
Roy Cooper
Governor

Approved __________.m. this ______________ day of ___________________, 2020

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