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West Virginia Details Latest Reopening Plans

May 10th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

Friday, May 8: Gov. Justice announces date for limited reopening of Hatfield-McCoy Trail System
On Friday, Gov. Justice announced that as part of his statewide reopening plan, West Virginia Strong – The Comeback, the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System will be permitted to open, with limitations, on Thursday, May 21, 2020.

“I’ve gotten an awful lot of feedback from a lot of different people, from our tourism people, to medical experts, to people from other states,” Gov. Justice said. “We’ve weighed a lot of different factors.

“We know how important the Hatfield-McCoy Trails to us, economically, in the southern part of the state,” Gov. Justice continued. “I am happy about reopening the trails but I am also concerned. There’s going to be limitations and we’re going to enforce the limitations as best as we possibly can.”

All public buildings and public restrooms along the trail system will remain closed until further notice.

The trails themselves will be open for riding, provided that riders follow the following safety guidelines: 

  • PPE: Riders are encouraged to wear face masks or face shields while stopped. All riders, by law, must wear a helmet while riding.
  • Self screening: Riders are encouraged to self screen for COVID-19 symptoms by CDC guidelines.
  • Temperature checks: Riders are encouraged to take their temperature prior to arriving at the trails. If their temperature measures over 100 degrees, the riders are not permitted to enter the trails.
  • Sick rider: Any rider or visitor who exhibits COVID-19 symptoms must leave the trails immediately and seek medical care and/or COVID-19 testing, per CDC guidelines.
  • Limit groups: Riders are prohibited from congregating on the trails.
  • Physical distancing: Practice proper social distancing, including a minimum of six feet of distance where practical and safe to do so.
  • Shared vehicles: Riders are discouraged from sharing a UTV, ATV, or off-road dirt bike with anyone outside their immediate group or party.
  • Shared equipment: Riders are discouraged from sharing safety equipment or masks.
On Friday, Gov. Justice officially signed and filed the Executive Order that will allow businesses in the “Week 3” phase of the Governor’s reopening plan to resume operations if they so choose.

Businesses that are part of the Week 3 reopenings include drive-in movie theaters and wellness centers operated by or with West Virginia Licensed Health Care providers.

Also on Friday, the Governor offered a reminder about the current reopening schedule for The Comeback plan: 

  • Week 1 – Thursday, April 30 (underway)
  • Week 2 – Monday, May 4 (underway)
  • Week 3 – Monday, May 11
  • Week 4 – Monday, May 18
  • Week 5 – Monday, May 25
  • Week 6 – Monday, June 1

This schedule may be altered if changes to the timeline are deemed necessary for the safety of West Virginians.

The Governor also provided a reminder that on this coming Monday, May 11, businesses included in the Week 4 phase of reopenings will be announced so they have adequate time to prepare to resume operations while following all additional guidelines.

Gov. Justice’s Safer At Home order also remains in effect at this time.


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