Two fitness chains plan to reopen in North Carolina on Tuesday.
Governor Roy Cooper’s order to keep gyms closed is still in effect, but Crunch Fitness and Planet Fitness have announced they use a medical exception in the executive order that allows gyms to serve members who have a medical need to exercise.
Several gyms in North Carolina, including Gold̵
In a letter to its members, Planet Fitness said: “In our efforts to respect your privacy, we will not require medical records upon registration.”
Gyms do not have the right to ask members for medical waivers or talk about medical history because of the Americans with Disabilities Act and medical privacy laws.
Other gyms in North Carolina have opened their doors with the stipulation that people who train must have a doctor’s note – but cannot ask to see it.
Planet Fitness said staff will take further steps to strengthen cleanliness policies and procedures to help stop the spread of coronavirus, including daily temperature checks, increased cleaning, implementing a no-registration process and blocking parts of social equipment. distancing.
Crunch Fitness said that in addition to opening its gyms, there will be an outdoor area for people to exercise.
In an update last week, North Carolina Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. Mandy Cohen reminded the public why gyms remain closed. According to Cohen, people breathe harder in gyms during exercise, increasing the chance of COVID-19 spreading through droplets in the air.