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Justice Opens Colleges, Keeps Morgantown Bars Shuddered

July 26th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

Gov. Justice issues order permitting colleges and universities to reopen
During Friday’s briefing, Gov. Jim Justice announced that he has issued an executive order, formally allowing all of West Virginia’s public and private colleges and universities to reopen for the fall semester. The order does not mandate a specific reopening date, allowing each institution to reopen on their own preferred time frame.

The executive order announced Friday also formalizes the reopening date for all public and private Pre-K-12 schools as Sept. 8, 2020, as previously announced by the Governor. Additionally, the order clarifies restrictions for certain businesses across West Virginia.

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Gov. Justice extends closure of Monongalia County bars for an additional 10 days
Gov. Justice announced Thursday that he has issued an executive order​, extending the closure of all bars in Monongalia County for an additional 10 days. As of Thursday morning, July 23, more than 17.9 percent of West Virginia’s active cases were located in Monongalia County. Their 289 active cases are the highest total for any county statewide. The order was also requested by the Monongalia County Commission to help ensure the health and safety of citizens. The order keeps all Monongalia County bars closed for the on-premises consumption of food or drinks or occupancy by the general public. However, customers will still be permitted to pick up food or drinks to be taken away.

The new order also allows patrons to be seated, for dining, at tables and bar tops within "bar areas" of restaurants, hotels, and other similar facilities, subject to the same limitations that are in place for restaurants. The West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration will soon issue further guidance regarding this limitation to these facilities. The new order extends the countywide bar closure, established under Executive Order 52-20, until Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, at 12:01 a.m.

4 Responses to “Justice Opens Colleges, Keeps Morgantown Bars Shuddered”

  1. July 26, 2020 at 5:43 am, DPM said:

    So the kids will just crowd into dorms, frat houses, etc. and make lots of ‘super spreading’ events. They either don’t care or are too dumb or both. Then again, can you blame them for trying to kill off all the boomers after the mess we made of things?


    • July 26, 2020 at 6:23 am, mac said:

      > Sad, but oh so true.


      • July 26, 2020 at 10:19 am, Jay said:

        Nothing stops keg parties. Not even a pandemic.


  2. July 26, 2020 at 6:29 am, Contrarian said:

    Headline writer needs to buy a couple of “t”s. Although I’m sure people are shuddering at the thought of bars being open with the students’ return


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