Some NC chain gyms say they will open Tuesday, citing medical loophole

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RALEIGH, NC (WTVD) — After a long six months, many chain-North Carolina gyms say they plan to reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic as soon as Tuesday, citing a medical loophole that other gyms in the state have used since the start of the pandemic to remain open despite Governor Roy Cooper’s executive order keeping them closed.

Customers at select Planet Fitness and Crunch Fitness gyms received similar newsletters saying that they plan to reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 1. The companies referenced a letter from North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein sent out in early June that says gyms can be used for medical purposes.

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The two chain gyms made it clear that they only plan to serve members with “a medical need to exercise.” However, the gyms will not require medical documentation at check-in to respect “personal privacy.”

Governor Roy Cooper has not given gyms the green light to reopen. Phase Two is extended until Sept. 11. Gyms were set to reopen under Phase Three which would also allow for the reopening of bars and entertainment venues.

In a briefing last week, NCDHHS Dr. Mandy Cohen said gyms should not be open because “it is a place for more viral transmission.”

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