Gov. Jim Justice joined West Virginia health leaders and other officials last Monday for his latest daily press briefing regarding the State\u2019s COVID-19 response.\r\n\r\nAfter West Virginia experienced its highest daily total of new COVID-19 cases over the weekend, Gov. Justice announced Monday that he has issued an executive order that will establish a statewide indoor face covering requirement.\r\n\r\nThe order requires all West Virginians age 9 and older to wear a face covering at all indoor public places where six feet of social distancing cannot be maintained.\r\n\r\nThe requirement does not apply to anyone who has trouble breathing or anyone who is otherwise unable to remove their own face covering without assistance.\r\n\r\n\u201cI have told you all along we were going to watch our numbers,\u201d Gov. Justice said. \u201cIn the last few days, our positive case numbers have now moved to a level to where if we don\u2019t make a move right now, we\u2019re going to be in a world of hurt.\r\n\r\n\u201cI know it\u2019s an inconvenience, but it\u2019s not going to be much of an inconvenience,\u201d Gov. Justice continued. \u201cIf you don't decide to wear the face covering for yourself, if you don\u2019t decide to wear it for one of your loved ones or your friends, do it for the 95 West Virginians that have died, do it for the 95 people that we\u2019ve lost.\u201d The Governor clarified that the requirement to wear face coverings does not apply inside residents\u2019 homes or vehicles. Also, the requirement does not apply when consuming food or beverages inside a restaurant.\r\n\r\nThe requirement does not apply anywhere outside. However, state health leaders still strongly suggest that residents wear a face covering when outside in circumstances where proper social distance is difficult to maintain.\r\n\r\nFor 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.\r\n\r\nUnder 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.\r\n\r\nFace shields are an acceptable substitute for those with physical conditions that may cause them to be unable to properly wear a face covering.\r\n\r\nThe indoor face covering requirement went into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, July 7.\r\n\r\nGuidance documents that are a part of the Governor\u2019s reopening plan \u2013 West Virginia Strong \u2013 The Comeback \u2013 will be revised to reflect the new requirement.\r\n\r\nAlso on Monday, Gov. Justice\u2019s General Counsel Brain Abraham added that, while there is a law in West Virginia that prohibits the use of face coverings in public, there is an exemption to that law for emergency situations such as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.\r\n\r\nAbraham went on to explain that the new face covering requirement does not restrict the right of West Virginians to carry concealed weapons.\r\n\r\n\u201cAs far as West Virginia goes, there will be no prohibition on the wearing of a mask and the concealed carrying of a firearm at the same time,\u201d Abraham said. \u201cWe would urge all West Virginians to check with other states before you would travel out-of-state and do the same thing, as each state\u2019s laws might not be the same as West Virginia\u2019s.\u201d\r\n\r\nAdditionally Monday, Gov. Justice provided another update on his initiative to test all inmates and employees within the State\u2019s network of correctional facilities for COVID-19.\r\n\r\nThe most recent\u00a0testing results\u00a0showed zero active COVID-19 cases among all inmates and residents across West Virginia.\r\n\r\nThere remains one active COVID-19 case among corrections employees and contract staff.\r\n\r\nMore than 10,000 inmates and 4,000 employees were tested in total as part of the Governor's initiative.\r\n\r\nIn Greenbrier County as of Monday, July 6, there are 71 confirmed cases, 3 suspected cases, 49 recovered cases, 22 current active cases, 2 hospitalized, and 3 deaths.