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Justice Loosens WV Restrictions on Schools & Businesses

February 21st, 2021 by WCBC Radio

On Friday, Governor Jim Justice announced that, after numerous discussions with members of the West Virginia pandemic response leadership team and other state leaders regarding the decreasing number of COVID-19 cases and the increasing number of vaccinated West Virginians, he has decided to issue a series of executive orders, lessening restrictions on several types of businesses, as well as schools, social gatherings, and more.

The executive orders include:

  • Executive Order 5-21, clarifying the existing prohibition on live indoor music performances.
  • Executive Order 6-21, increasing the capacity limit for all restaurants and bars to 75 percent seating capacity while maintaining social distancing; and raising the social gathering limit to 75 people.
  • Executive Order 7-21, clarifying that all Pre-K-8 students in all counties statewide should be in school.

Additionally, at the direction of Gov. Justice, the DHHR has amended its rules on capacity limitations for small businesses, retail stores, and grocery stores.

MORE DETAILS: COVID-19 Restriction Updates
All of these updates require individuals and businesses to continue following all applicable safety guidelines including, but not limited to, mandatory face coverings and social distancing.