Bill to reopen NC gyms, bars sent to skeptical governor

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The North Carolina legislature has passed another bill overturning parts of Gov. Roy Cooper’s executive order that keep certain businesses closed to discourage COVID-19′s spread.

The House voted on a largely party-line vote on Wednesday for the measure written by Republicans, many of whom have been critical of Cooper’s slow pace to loosen restrictions on the state economy.

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The governor already vetoed a bill last week would let bars reopen outdoors and give restaurants additional outdoor seating options, and he’s been skeptical about the new measure, which also would allow gyms to reopen.