NORTH CAROLINA — As Gov. Roy Cooper is expected to make a decision on the status of phase two reopening, he vetoed a state house bill that would have allowed gyms, fitness centers and other exercise facilities to reopen.
“Tying the hands of public health officials in times of pandemic is dangerous, especially when case counts and hospitalizations are rising,” said Cooper in a statement on HB 594. “State and local officials must be able to take swift action during the COVID-19 emergency to prevent a surge of patients from overwhelming hospitals and endangering the lives of North Carolinians.”
North Carolina moved into phase two of reopening on May 22. That phase is effective through June 26 unless canceled or changed. Cooper indicated he will announce the next steps this week. That includes considering a face mask requirement.
On Sunday, 1,412 additional cases of the coronavirus were reported, according to