Raleigh, N.C. – The North Carolina House of Representatives approved House Bill 258: Open Amusement Parks/Arcades/Venues Tuesday allowing amusement parks, arcades, fairs, carnivals, venues for receptions and parties, as well as dining and beverage establishments at outdoor stadiums to operate in North Carolina while safeguarding public health.
Under Governor Cooper’s ‘Phase 2’ executive order, amusements parks, arcades, fairs, carnivals, venues for receptions and parties, and certain dining and beverage establishments remain closed.
Governor Cooper vetoed legislation last week that would have allowed exercise and fitness facilities, gyms, health clubs, and fitness centers to safely operate under a prescribed 15 point plan. It also treated all beverage and dining service establishments the same and allowed them to operate at 50% of total capacity.
North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) released the following statement:
“Family businesses across North Carolina are hanging by a thread because of Governor Cooper’s scattershot executive orders and the lawless mobs he’s allowed to ransack our cities and towns. I urge Governor Cooper to sign this bill and provide relief to struggling families,” Speaker Moore said.