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West Virginia 2021 State Inauguration ceremony scheduled for Friday in Charleston

Attendance will be limited; Event will be broadcast live on the West Virginia Channel

Release from the Office of the Governor:

CHARLESTON, WV – The Office of Gov. Jim Justice announced today that the 2021 West Virginia Gubernatorial and Constitutional Officer Inauguration Ceremony will be held on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, beginning at 1 p.m., on the North Side of the West Virginia Capitol Building.

The ceremony will include the swearing in of the Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, State Treasurer, State Auditor, Commissioner of Agriculture, and Supreme Court Justices.

After taking his oath of office, Gov. Justice will give his inaugural address.

Due to COVID-19 protocols and due to security protocols, attendance will be limited to dignitaries, families of those being sworn in, members of the media, and other invited guests.

The event will be live-streamed online. All West Virginians are encouraged to watch the ceremony at the following links:


The ceremony will also be broadcast live on the West Virginia Channel. To find your station, click here (use column labeled “WV Channel”).

There may be a limited number of seats at the ceremony available to the general public by request only. If you wish to attend, please contact Mary Harrison, Assistant to the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the Governor’s Office, by Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, for more information:

Email: [email protected]
Call: 304-558-2000

Seat requests cannot be guaranteed. Only those whose names appear on the guest list will be granted entry.

Parking for guests will be provided at the Capitol Complex. Guests will use the Capitol entrance at the intersection of Washington St. E and Greenbrier St. and will be directed to the appropriate lot.

Once guests arrive, they will be required to check in. Approaching from the west side of the complex, guests should pass the War Memorial and use the sidewalk between Building 3 and the State Culture Center to reach the check-in and security screening stations.

In accordance with the most recent guidelines and best practices recommended by health professionals regarding COVID-19, all event attendees will be required to properly wear a face covering and maintain adequate social distancing.

Additional safety measures will be implemented to help safeguard the health and well-being of all event participants and attendees.

Due to COVID-19 protocols, the Governor and other elected officials will not hold a receiving line following the ceremony. Some Inauguration Day traditions and performances held in years past may be scaled down, removed, or altered in the interest of safety.
Media members/organizations that wish to cover the Inauguration Ceremony, either by attending the event or by capturing the satellite uplink feed, must send an email indicating their desire to do so.

Those wishing to attend the ceremony in-person must RSVP to [email protected] by Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, at 12 p.m. RSVPs should include the name(s) of each person who will be attending and the outlet they represent. Only those whose names appear on the media list will be granted entry.

For those wishing to cover the inauguration without attending in-person, West Virginia Public Broadcasting will make available a fully produced, multi-camera feed of the ceremony via satellite uplink for media outlets to broadcast live. Outlets wishing to utilize this option should send an email requesting satellite coordinates to [email protected] by Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, at 12 p.m.

Any media members/organizations wishing both to attend the event in-person and to receive satellite coordinates should indicate as such in their email.

Additional details for members of the media will be provided at a later date.
This event will be livestreamed if possible. You can view the live stream by navigating to the Governor’s FacebookTwitter, or YouTube pages. You can also view a live stream by visiting the Governor’s Office website and scrolling down to the “News and Media” section of the home page. 

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