Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: Most coronavirus-related restrictions in West Virginia, US, lifted as of early July. Some residual business disruptions possible.

  • Alert Begins: 06 Jul 2020 07:59 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 03 Aug 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): West Virginia (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Residual business disruptions

The majority of restrictions that had been imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in West Virginia have been lifted as of early July, with the state entering week 10 of its recovery plan July 1. During week 10, authorities have allowed fairs, festivals, and amusement parks are allowed to reopen, and outdoor concerts to take place. Most nonessential businesses and other facilities, including casinos, movie theaters, bars, restaurants, barbershops, hair salons, and gyms, had already reopened under previous stages of the state's COVID-19 recovery plan. All establishments that reopen are required to comply with certain mandates aimed at preventing the further spread of the virus, including directives on enhanced sanitization procedures, use of personal protective equipment, maximum operating capacity, and social distancing guidelines, among other things. Such requirements may vary by industry or type of facility. The state's safer-at-home order remains in effect; all residents - especially senior citizens and persons with compromised immune systems - are still encouraged to remain home to the extent possible.

Some lingering transport and business disruptions remain possible despite the lifting of most COVID-19-related measures. Authorities could reimpose, tighten, or otherwise amend restrictions over the coming weeks, should any spike in disease activity occur.

Heed the directives of the authorities. Continue to emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

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