CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has again expanded his state’s economic reopening during the coronavirus pandemic.
Justice announced on Thursday that swimming pools, bowling alleys, spas and video lottery retailers will be allowed to reopen beginning May 30. He also announced that on June 5, movie theaters and casinos can reopen.
Thursday marked the most aggressive phase of Justice’s reopenings, with indoor restaurants, tanning salons, malls, big box stores, all-terrain vehicle rentals, campgrounds, the Hatfield-McCoy trails and whitewater rafting and zipline businesses allowed to resume services just ahead of Memorial Day weekend.
The governor stressed that people should wear masks in public as businesses reopen, putting special emphasis on the safety precautions in Berkeley and Jefferson counties, where new virus hotspots have emerged.
“The masks may very well be the key to everything,” he said.
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice. Associated Press file photo.