Gov. Justice issued Stay-At-Home order, closes non-essential businesses

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CHARLESTON, WV (WVNS) — Gov. Jim Justice and state officials provide an update on COVID-19 preparedness and response plans. For more information about COVID-19 prevention and more, call the State’s toll-free hotline at 1-800-887-4304 or visit

The Governor issued a stay at home order and closed on-essential businesses. Those go into effect starting at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. A complete look at the order is below. Here are the businesses listed as essential

  • Food
    • Grocery Stores
    • Convenience Stores
    • Take-out and delivery restaurants
    • Farmers markets
    • Food bank and food pantries
    • Take-out and delivery meal services, including school-based
  • Health Care
    • Hospitals
    • Clinics
    • Doctor’s offices and other health care provider facilities
    • Pharmacies
  • Public Safety
    • Police stations
    • Fire stations
    • Ambulance services
  • Transportation
    • Gas stations
    • Public transit
  • Other
    • Banks
    • Laundromats, dry cleaners and laundry services
    • Outdoor public spaces including parks and trails not specifically closed by prior orders.

Cabins and bathrooms at state parks are being closed. The parks themselves remain open. Wednesday, March 25, 2020 will be a statewide day of prayer.

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin issued the following statement on the order:

“This afternoon Governor Justice made the decision to place West Virginia under a stay-at-home order beginning at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24th. I urge every West Virginian to abide by this order. We must come together to do the difficult things required to slow the spread of COVID-19. This outbreak is serious and the only option is to fight it together. West Virginians have always taken care of one another and right now that means staying at home unless absolutely necessary.”

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV)

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