West Virginia Governor Jim Justice today has issued a stay-at-home order to help combat the spread of the coronavirus in West Virginia.
Justice is directing all West Virginia residents to stay at home and limit their movements outside of their homes beyond essential needs.
According to a posting being disseminated by the Governor's Office, state residents are expected to conform to the following guidelines.
Further information is available at governor.wv.gov.
• Go to grocery, convenience, and warehouse stores.
• Go to the pharmacy to pick up medications and other healthcare necessities.
• Go to medical appointments, though they should check with their providers first.
• Go to a restaurant for take-out, delivery, or drive-through.
• Care for or support friends and family members.
• Take walks, ride bikes, hike, jog, and be in nature for exercise as long as participants maintain an interpersonal distance of six feet.
• Walk pets and take them to the veterinarian when necessary.
• Help others gather necessary supplies
• Receive deliveries from businesses that deliver.
Residents should not—
• Go to work, unless they are providing essential services or they work for an essential business as defined by the order, which is available at governor.wv.gov.
• Visit friends and family if there is no urgent need.
• Maintain less than six feet of distance from others when you go out.
• Visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility.
What is the difference between "Stay-at-Home" and "social distancing"?
Stay-at-home is a strict form of social distancing. A stay-at-home order means that residents should stay home, which will limit their exposer and prevent them from exposing others. Residents should only leave their homes for essential services and should maintain a distance of six feet from others. Residents should also avoid gathering in groups.