Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: As of July 24, officials in West Virginia, US, have imposed additional business, gathering restrictions due to increased COVID-19 activity.

  • Alert Begins: 24 Jul 2020 04:27 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 07 Aug 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): West Virginia (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Business disruptions

Summary
As of July 24, authorities in West Virginia have imposed additional restrictions due to an increase in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity in recent weeks. All residents over the age of eight must wear facemasks whenever they are in indoor public settings and social distancing cannot be maintained.

Additionally, officials have ordered the statewide cancellation of all fairs, festivals, and concerts, both indoors and outdoors, and have reduced the number of people allowed in social gatherings from 100 to 25. This limit does not apply to businesses or certain events such as religious ceremonies, weddings, or conferences. State authorities have also ordered the closure of all bars in Monongalia county, which includes the city of Morgantown, until at least Aug. 3.

Otherwise, the state maintains the same restrictions since week 10 of its economic recovery plan. Most nonessential businesses and other facilities, including casinos, movie theaters, bars, restaurants, barbershops, hair salons, and gyms, as well as amusement parks, can operate. 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, and social distancing guidelines.

All residents - especially senior citizens and persons with compromised immune systems - are still encouraged to remain home to the extent possible.

Authorities could reimpose, tighten, or otherwise amend restrictions over the coming weeks, should any spike in disease activity occur.

Advice
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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