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West Virginia governor issues executive order closing casinos and limited video lottery establishments

18 March 2020

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Governor Jim Justice issued an Executive Order today, which is now in effect, formally directing all restaurants and bars in West Virginia to limit service to carry out, drive-thru, and delivery operations only. The Executive Order also mandates the closure of all casinos and limited video lottery establishments in West Virginia.

This order comes as the latest in a number of precautionary measures that are being taken in the interest of protecting the public from the spread of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Restaurants with carry out, drive-thru, and delivery options will still be able to operate those services, even as their dining rooms are temporarily closed.

The order officially went into effect early this morning, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at 12 a.m. (midnight).

Gov. Justice announced that he would be issuing this Executive Order during a statewide address at the Capitol in Charleston Tuesday evening. In his address, the Governor also announced the state’s first positive case of COVID-19.

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