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COVID-19 UPDATE: Gov. Justice announces schedule for additional reopenings including indoor dining, retail stores, outdoor activities and more

Release from the Office of the Governor:

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – During his latest daily COVID-19 press briefing today, Gov. Jim Justice announced the next wave of businesses and activities permitted to reopen as part of the upcoming Week 4 phase of the Governor’s reopening plan: West Virginia Strong – The Comeback.


The following entities are permitted to reopen, with limitations, in Week 4:

Indoor dining at restaurants at 50% capacity (Guidance)

Large/specialty retail stores (Guidance)

State park campgrounds for in-state residents only (Guidance for all campgrounds)

Outdoor recreation rentals (kayaks, bicycles, boats, rafts, canoes, ATVs and similar equipment) (Guidance)

Outdoor motorsport and powersport racing with no spectatorsHatfield McCoy Trail System (Guidance)

The executive order requiring out-of-state travelers to self-quarantine is also currently scheduled to be lifted during Week 4. In accordance with this scheduled change, new guidance documents are available for hotels, motels, condo hotels, rental properties, and cabins.

In addition to the reopening of campgrounds at West Virginia state parks to in-state residents, some public restrooms will also be reopened with proper sanitization protocols in place.

Week 4 is now scheduled to commence next Thursday, May 21, 2020.

“West Virginians, you need to remain as focused as you possibly can,” Gov. Justice said. “I would caution everyone, as we’re reopening, to surely wear a mask when you’re indoors and to do everything you can possibly do to wash your hands and maintain social distancing.

“As long as you continue to do what you’ve already done, we’ll be okay,” Gov. Justice said.

Several additional types of businesses and entities will be permitted to reopen in the weeks ahead. The opening schedule will be based upon the recommendations of state medical experts and upon testing data available at that time.

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The Governor’s Office will announce when additional entities will be able to reopen and will provide the associated guidance documents as soon as possible.

Gov. Justice announced that outdoor guided fishing will be permitted to resume this Friday, May 15, 2020, under strict limitations, including that the maximum capacity for any boat be no more than two anglers and one guide. Additional guidance documents are now available.

Also today, Gov. Justice announced that state park cabins and lodges will be permitted to reopen to in-state residents on Tuesday, May 26.

The Governor also announced that certain outdoor youth sports activities will be permitted to resume on Monday, June 8. This applies only to low-contact sports like baseball and softball. It does not include high-contact sports like football and basketball. Additional guidance for these reopenings will be provided online when available.


During Monday’s briefing, Gov. Justice offered a reminder that the Week 3 phase of his reopening plan officially began on Monday.

This phase allows for the reopening of wellness facilities (gyms and fitness centers supervised by licensed professionals) and drive-in movie theaters.

These wellness facilities and drive-in movie theaters must follow all additional guidelines that have been put in place to help keep West Virginians safe.

Businesses included in each phase of this reopening plan are not required to resume operations on any specific date. This plan provides the option for reopening, not a requirement.

The Governor’s Safer at Home order remains in effect this week as well.

Gov. Justice announced several adjustments to the projected reopening calendar for The Comeback plan. The current, tentative schedule is as follows:

Week 1 – Thursday, April 30 (underway)
Week 2 – Monday, May 4 (underway)
Week 3 – Monday, May 11 (underway)
Week 4 – Thursday, May 21
Week 5 – Tuesday, May 26
Week 6 – Monday, June 1
Week 7 – Monday, June 8

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

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