N.C. gyms, movie theaters, hair salons, etc., ordered to close by Wednesday evening

Gyms in Columbus push toward at-home workouts in response to COVID-19 outbreak
Gyms in Columbus push toward at-home workouts in response to COVID-19 outbreak((Source: WTVM))
Updated: Mar. 23, 2020 at 2:25 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper is signing an executive order that takes an additional approach to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Cooper, who had previously ordered mass gatherings of 50 or more people to stop, is closing businesses that have the inability to conduct social distancing.

“The executive order I am signing today takes other steps to slow the spread,” Cooper said. “It lowers the threshold to ban mass gatherings of more than 50 people.”

The governor’s order closes gyms, movie theaters, sweepstakes parlors, health clubs, and other similar facilities.

Cooper is also ordering hair and nail salons, barbershops and massage therapists to close until further notice.

Monday’s announcement prioritized social distancing by lowering the threshold on large gatherings to ban crowds of more than 50 people. To stay consistent with this number, it will require certain businesses to close, including:

  • Bingo Parlors, including Bingo sites operated by charitable organizations
  • Bowling Alleys
  • Indoor Exercise Facilities (e.g. gyms, yoga studios, martial arts facilities, indoor trampoline and rock-climbing facilities)
  • Health Clubs
  • Indoor Pools
  • Live Performance Venues
  • Movie Theaters
  • Skating Rinks
  • Spas
  • Sweepstakes Lounges
  • Video game arcades
  • Barber Shops
  • Beauty Salons (including waxing and hair removal centers)
  • Hair Salons
  • Nail Salons/Manicure/Pedicure Providers
  • Massage Parlors
  • Tattoo Parlors

Grocery stores and restaurants providing takeout and delivery will remain open. Additionally, Governor Cooper reminded North Carolinians to show restraint in buying groceries and supplies.

The order takes place starting at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25.

“We encourage you to close even before that date if you can,” Cooper said. “We want you to close as soon as possible.”

As of Monday afternoon, North Carolina has 297 confirmed positive cases of coronavirus in 45 counties. At least 8,438 people have been tested.

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