Hot Spot Changes – Ohio County



This weekend West Virginia Governor Jim Justice announced that he has issued an Executive Order removing Jackson, Kanawha, and Ohio counties from the list of COVID-19 community clusters or “hotspots” in West Virginia.

Previously outdoor activities were limited to five (5) person in Ohio County under the “hotspot” designation.  Under the “Safer at Home” update, public gatherings over 25 are prohibited.  Social distancing of six (6) feet from each other is still recommended as well as hand hygiene and staying home if your are sick.

Another change is the number of customers in a business per square feet of customer floor space.

Essential Businesses and Operations that continue to operate, as defined by Executive Order 9-20, should maintain no more than two (2) individuals/public per 1,000 square feet of customer floor space.  Businesses of less than 1,000 square feet of customer floor space should not permit the space to be occupied by more than five (5) person (including employees) at any given time.

For business who sales are comprised of at least 80 percent grocery food products (Kroger, Save A Lot, etc) or more, no more than three (3) members of the public may enter a business per 1,000 square feet of customer floor space at any given time.

Business should continue to track the number of people coming in and leaving an establishment.  All business should take action to encourage social distancing of 6 feet.