Reopening Guidance

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Governor Jim Justice has outlined a recovery plan to reopen West Virginia entitled “West Virginia Strong - The Comeback.”

     Guidance for each of the businesses that are allowed to reopen are listed on the Governor’s webpage: Under this new plan West Virginians are still encouraged to practice social distancing, wear face coverings while in public, and follow all county Health Department regulations.

  • What Social Distancing Requirements are Currently Imposed on Businesses?
    • All businesses included in Weeks 1-5 will be required to operate with physical distancing measures in effect and will also be required to implement efforts to increase sanitation and the use of face coverings. See the links above for the requirements for each industry.
      • In addition to the guidelines outlined by the Governor, all retail businesses permitted to open must continue to follow the requirements of W.Va. 64 CSR 114.These requirements include:
        • No more than 2 members of the public may enter a business per 1,000 square feet of customer floor space at any given time.
        • Businesses of less than 1,000 square feet shall not permit that space to be occupied by more than 5 persons, including employees, at any given time.
        • All businesses should track the number of people who enter and leave to control capacity.
        • Display directives to public at each point of entry


    • All businesses permitted to open (as well as all citizens) should continue to practice social distancing measures, including wearing masks in public, marking areas six feet apart where persons are likely to stand or wait in line, encouraging customers to place an order ahead to allow pick up and payment without entering the business.