Gov. Justice adds malls to May 21 reopening, outlines Week 5 of 'comeback plan'

Gov. Justice said Wednesday tanning businesses can resume operations on May 21.
Gov. Justice said Wednesday tanning businesses can resume operations on May 21.(WHSV)
Published: May. 18, 2020 at 4:31 PM EDT
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The next steps in West Virginia’s ‘comeback plan’ amid the COVID-19 crisis were announced by Gov. Jim Justice Monday afternoon.

“We’ve got to open back up and our numbers are telling us absolutely to do it,” said Gov. Justice during his news briefing.

Along with a few additions to Week Four of the reopening plan, Gov. Justice outlined Week Five.

Week Four – Thursday, May 21

• Indoor Malls

• Whitewater rafting and ziplining industry

• Indoor dining at restaurants at 50% capacity

• Large, specialty retail stores

• State park campgrounds to in state residents

• • Outdoor recreation rentals

Outdoor motorsport and powersport racing with no spectators

• Hatfield-McCoy trail system

• Tanning businesses

Gov. Justice says Week Five of his plan will begin on Tuesday, May 26 and will include the following:

• State park cabins and lodges will reopen to in state residents

• Indoor and outdoor bars at 50% capacity

• Museums and visitor centers

• Zoos

On Saturday, May 30, Gov. Justice has given the green light to spas and massage businesses, as well as limited video lottery retailers.

Gov. Justice says casinos will be allowed to resume operations on Friday, June 5, under strict guidelines to keep players safe.


, Gov. Justice also reiterated that this week, fitness centers, gymnasiums and recreations centers are permitted to reopen. That order includes sports training facilities, such as gymnastics, cheerleading, martial arts and similar activities.

Gov. Justice says guidance for these businesses will be posted soon


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