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Coronavirus Update: Kanawha County tightens restrictions following W.Va. Governor’s order

By Caity Coyne and Joe Severino, Charleston Gazette-Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice added Kanawha County to an executive order on Saturday night calling for stricter enforcement of his stay-at-home order. …

At a Sunday news conference, Kanawha County officials said the Kanawha Sheriff’s Office will be working with state police and municipal law enforcement to enforce the new order.

Kanawha-Charleston Health Department Health Officer Dr. Sherri Young said officials are still “working through the process” of determining what enforcement could look like.

If residents see large groups of people gathering and not following social distance guidelines, or non-essential businesses still operating, they should call KCHD to make a report, Young said.

Under the expanded order, Young also announced Sunday restrictions for businesses to help decrease the spread of COVID-19.

All businesses are asked to mandate that any employees with the capability to work from home should do so immediately, Young said. Businesses still operating in the county — including stores, offices, pharmacies and other essential services — must only allow two people per 1,000 square feet of public space, Young said. People waiting to enter the building or who are already inside also must practice social distancing, staying 6 feet away from one another, Young said.

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