During his daily COVID-19 press conference today, Governor Jim Justice announced a plan to allow some businesses in the Mountain State to reopen after weeks of being closed to slow the spread of coronavirus. The plan, called West Virginia Strong – The Comeback, features stages that would be carried out over a six-week period. In order to implement the plan, the state will need to maintain a less than three percent positive test rate for three consecutive days. Today, April 27th, is being counted as day one with a 2.47 percentage of positive cases.
The full plan features strict guidelines in place for businesses that will be allowed to reopen. The entire 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 25th 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.
For more information, check out this article from WV Metro News: http://wvmetronews.com/2020/04/27/justice-introduces-reopening-plan-hinges-on-positive-test-rate-remaining-below-3-percent/