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W.Va. Bars, Restaurants Allowed Back to 100 Percent Capacity

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Gov. Jim Justice announced Friday morning that all bars and restaurants in West Virginia are now allowed to return to 100-percent seating capacity, provided that social distancing can be maintained to keep down the spread of COVID-19.

“I encourage everyone there to just use good sense,” Justice said at his Friday morning COVID briefing, “and absolutely try at all times that you can to keep your mask on, unless you’re eating or drinking, and keep that social distancing.”

No standing room will be allowed for people to congregate. Justice also announced the state will lift its capacity limits for small businesses, gyms fitness centers, museums and other businesses that have dealt with capacity limits. Gathering limits are rising from 75 to 100 people and youth travel sports can happen in any county that is not red on the Department of Health and Human Resources COVID-19 alert map.

One thing that won’t be leaving is the state’s mask mandate. Justice said that remains in effect.

Return to theintellenger.net later today for more on this developing story.

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