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Justice increases gatherings in West Virginia to 100 during COVID-19 pandemic

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CHARLESTON – The state of West Virginia at midnight will lift the coronavirus social distancing guidelines that limited group gatherings to 25, the governor announced on Thursday.

Guidance will be forthcoming for the restart of fairs and festivals in July, Gov. Jim Justice said. Group gatherings can increase from 25 to 100 people starting at midnight, he said.

Justice issued an executive order March 23 limiting gatherings of people to 10, with counties with COVID-19 surges later limited to gatherings no larger than five people. Those restrictions were lifted at the end of April with Justice’s reopening plan.

Justice also said fairs and festivals can restart on July 1. Current executive orders have prevented fairs and festivals due to concerns about spread of the coronavirus.

Justice said fairs and festivals will have to follow strict guidance on how to hold events. The guidance will be available Friday at governor.wv.gov.

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