On Monday, April 27th during his daily COVID-19 press briefing, Governor Jim Justice announced a plan to allow some businesses across the Mountain State to reopen. The plan is reliant upon accurate data – the state must maintain a less than 3 percent positive test rate for three consecutive days. Today, April 27th, is counting as day one at 2.47 percent.
Titled West Virginia Strong – The Comeback, the reopening plan will be carried out in stages that span six weeks with strict guidelines in place for businesses that will be allowed to reopen. The whole reopening plan can be viewed here: https://governor.wv.gov/Pages/The-Comeback.aspx
The governor noted that West Virginians should continue to practice physical distancing, wear face coverings in public places where it is difficult to keep a safe distance, follow the previously implemented stay-at-home order until it is lifted, follow all county Health Department regulations, and continue to work remotely if possible.
Under this plan, the stay-at-home order that went into effect on March 25 will remain in place.Nursing home visitation, sporting events, movie theaters, concerts, and gatherings of more than 25 people were not discussed in the plan.