Update on COVID-19 Restrictions
Friday, September 18, 2020
COVID-19 Updates From WV Governor’s Office
GOLD, ORANGE, AND RED COUNTIES | TRAVEL SPORTS PROHIBITED
(September 15, 2020) Travel sports teams are prohibited from participating in games, practices, or any other types of competition within counties designated as gold, orange, or red in the color-coded County Alert System map. This restriction does not apply to teams that play in defined, relatively small geographic areas, such as within a single county or a few counties in the state of West Virginia.
GOLD, ORANGE, AND RED COUNTIES | SOCIAL GATHERING LIMIT: 10 PEOPLE
(September 15, 2020) The limit for all purely social gatherings within counties designated as gold, orange, or red in the color-coded County Alert System map is currently 10 individuals. The limitation does not apply to any activity, business, or entity that has been deemed essential, such as religious services, weddings, or group meetings, conferences, or other special events held for essential businesses and operations, as defined by Executive Order 9-20, as amended.
GREEN AND YELLOW COUNTIES | SOCIAL GATHERING LIMIT: 25 PEOPLE
(July 14, 2020) The limit for all purely social gatherings within counties designated as green or yellow in the color-coded County Alert System map remains 25 individuals. The limitation does not apply to any activity, business, or entity that has been deemed essential, such as religious services, weddings, or group meetings, conferences, or other special events held for essential businesses and operations, as defined by Executive Order 9-20, as amended.
MONONGALIA COUNTY | BARS ORDERED CLOSED
(September 2, 2020) All bars in Monongalia County have been ordered closed. The order keeps all Monongalia County bars closed for the on-premises consumption of food or drinks or occupancy by the general public. However, customers are still permitted to pick up food or drinks to be taken away. The order maintains that patrons are allowed to be seated, for dining, at tables and bar tops within “bar areas” of restaurants, hotels, and other similar facilities, subject to the same limitations that are in place for restaurants. The countywide bar closure will remain in place until lifted by further executive order.
STATEWIDE | NURSING HOME VISITATION MAY RESUME BY COUNTY
(August 25, 2020) Visitation by the general public to any of West Virginia’s nursing home facilities may resume in counties with low incidence rates of COVID-19. Each county is assigned a color status, based on the West Virginia County Alert System color-coded map (Click “County Alert System” tab). Visitation protocols may vary based on each county’s color assignment.
STATEWIDE | FAIRS, FESTIVALS, CONCERTS & SIMILAR EVENTS PROHIBITED
(July 14, 2020) All fairs, festivals, carnivals, or similar events, as well as all indoor or outdoor concerts, are prohibited.
STATEWIDE | INDOOR FACE COVERING REQUIREMENT
(July 7, 2020) All West Virginians age 9 and older are required to wear a face covering at all indoor public places where six feet of social distancing cannot be maintained. For children ages 2 years old through 8 years old, face coverings are not required. However, it is recommended that parents or guardians use their best judgment as to when to assist their children, ages 2 through 8, with wearing a face covering. Under Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, children younger than 2 years old, anyone who has trouble breathing, and anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the face covering without assistance should not wear face coverings and are exempt from the face covering requirement. Face shields are an acceptable substitute for those with physical conditions that may cause them to be unable to properly wear a face covering.