Week 4 reopenings include restaurants, retail stores, and more

By Sarah Richardson

As Gov. Justice proceeds with his “Comeback” plan to reopen West Virginia, a wide variety of establishments are permitted to resume operations at limited capacities on Thursday, May 21. Also beginning this week, the executive order requiring out-of-state travelers to self-quarantine is scheduled to be lifted.

Week 4 reopenings include indoor dining restaurants at 50 percent capacity, large/specialty retail stores, tanning businesses, state park campgrounds for in-state residents, outdoor recreation rentals (kayaks, bicycles, boats, rafts, canoes, ATVs, and similar equipment), outdoor motorsports and powersports with no spectators, and the Hatfield McCoy Trail System is reopened.

Low-contact sports such as baseball and softball are permitted to resume on June 8. High contact sports like football and basketball are not scheduled to resume at this time.

Some public restrooms will also be opened with proper sanitation protocols in place.

“West Virginians, you need to remain as focused as you possibly can,” Gov. Justice said. “I would caution everyone, as we’re reopening, to surely wear a mask when you’re indoors and to do everything you can possibly do to wash your hands and maintain social distancing.

Additional types of businesses and entities will be permitted to reopen in the weeks ahead. More information will be available as testing continues.