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Governor Justice issues mandatory mask order; postpones winter sports

November 13th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

Succumbing to pressure and the growing numbers of COVID-19 cases in  West Virginia, Gov. Jim Justice announced several executive orders to help slow the spread of the virus, including a tighter mask requirement.

Justice said Friday that starting at midnight it will be mandatory to wear masks or face coverings in all public buildings and offices at all times, regardless of the ability to socially distance. Businesses are to post signs at all entrances announcing compliance with the order.

If someone doesn't comply with wearing a mask, Justice told businessowners to call law enforcement to have them removed. Justice said business owners could also have law enforcement called if they choose not to enforce the order and could be charged with obstruction.

Justice also announced that winter sports will be postponed until Jan. 11. Fall sports will continue for the time being. All middle and high school band festivals and all concert band events are canceled for the Spring. Starting Thanksgiving Day Thursday, Nov. 26, to Thursday, Dec. 3, public and private schools in all 55 counties will close