UPDATE: Greenbrier County Health Department responds to NYE party video

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LEWISBURG, WV (WVNS) — 1/6/2021 11 a.m. UPDATE: Days after a reported video of a crowded New Year’s party at The Greenbrier surfaced, administrators with the county’s health department comment their response.

The following is the entire statement obtained by 59News:

“The staff at Greenbrier County Health Department has spoken with representatives from The Greenbrier Resort and reviewed their policies regarding Covid-19 guidelines. We have pinpointed some issues of concern that have since been addressed. Unfortunately, during a pandemic, everyone understands the inherent risk in attending public events and must take personal responsibility for their choices. We at the Greenbrier County Health department will continue to work with the public and businesses to ensure the best possible outcome for public health and safety.

Greenbrier County Health Department
Jan. 5, 2020 release

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV (WVNS) — 1/4/2021 5:20 p.m. ORIGINAL STORY: People across the world celebrated the end of 2020 and the beginning of 2021 last week. While government officials advised people not to have parties because of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Greenbrier Resort is coming under fire for still hosting a party.

Over the weekend, a video surfaced of crowded NYE party at the resort. State Senator Stephen Baldwin leads the Greater Greenbrier COVID-19 Task Force. He said the video of the party at The Greenbrier is upsetting because it shows a violation of guidelines.

In a statement posted to his Facebook page, he said the hotel has been a regular member of the Greater Greenbrier COVID task force and has been a good partner to the community.

Governor Jim Justice also addressed the concerns about the party Monday during his daily COVID-19 briefing.

“The bottom line is just this protocols are in place,” Justice said. “And I will promise you, I will promise you to God above, that The Greenbrier is absolutely following every protocol that you can possibly follow.”

After the video of the party started circulating on social media, 59 News talked with residents, like Shannon Lehman, about their concerns.

“It does raise questions of how that was thought through. If the children can’t be in school and sports, they can’t participate in sports, then what does it say to have a party with over 100 without masks and without social distancing,” Lehman said.

To ensure the safety of both staff and guests during the pandemic, temperature checks are required to enter the property and they are required to wear masks. 59 News reached out to The Greenbrier Resort for a comment and if additional protocols were put in place for the event. We have not heard back yet.

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