GOV. JUSTICE ISSUES EXECUTIVE ORDERS COVID-19 - Announces Thanksgiving School Closures

West Virginia Governor Justice has issued several executive orders during a press conference Friday morning.

Governor Justice says he’s issuing an indoor face covering requirement, also warning his next step would be starting to reclose the state

You must wear one at all times in all public indoor places. This does not apply to kids under the age of nine or anyone has trouble breathing or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

It also doesn’t apply when you are at a restaurant and actively consuming food or drink, or in a room alone.

It was not clear if the mandate will be enforced by law enforcement.

All businesses will be required to post signs and ensure it’s being followed.

This takes effect Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 12 a.m.

Governor Justice also announced staff members with nursing homes will be tested for COVID-19 twice a week, per an executive order.

Governor Justice also announced all winter sports will be postponed until January 11. This includes wrestling, basketball, and cheerleading. If you’ve already started, you will have to stop.

Governor Justice says fall sports will be allowed to be finished.

However, there will not be any midget leagues or travel ball. Those will be postponed until January 11.

Governor Justice has also issued another executive order including schools. He says from Thanksgiving to the following Thursday (November 26 - December 3), no one will go to school. This applies to all 55 counties, as well as public and private schools.

This gives students and teachers a seven day period medical experts say will help with family gatherings that will take place during Thanksgiving.

Governor Justice also announced all band festivals are cancelled this spring. All concert band festivals will be cancelled for the rest of the year.