State Health & Safety GuidelinesMay 14, 2020
West Virginia has had excellent leadership through these unprecedented times. Our Governor has led us down the path of a slow and cautious reopening plan making adjustments along the way to best protect our locals and visitors. This plans include strict guidelines for every industry and we know that our partners are taking this very seriously and will be adhering to these best practices.
On November 13th the Governor issued an Executive order that all persons above the age of 9 must wear a face covering when entering public buildings, businesses, etc at all times. Please visit Statewide Indoor Face Covering Requirement for entire order. This order went into affect on November 14, 2020.
Summary Overview – Statewide Indoor Face Covering Requirement (Amended)
- Face covering must be worn at all times in all public indoor places
- Does not apply to children under the age of 9 or anyone who has trouble breathing or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance
- Does not apply when you are at a restaurant and actively consuming food or drink, or in a closed room by yourself
- All businesses must post signs and ensure requirement is being followed
Below you will find the opening dates and guidelines for our tourism related businesses. Please note that this plan ALLOWED these businesses to open, but some businesses may remain closed or continue to operate under reduced capacity if they have chosen to take a more cautious approach. If you are planning to visit, please call or check online for business updates to ensure hours of operation and current safety protocols.
If you do not see a specific attraction or type of business on this list, please call us at 1-800-847-4898 for more information. We will also update this information as the West Virginia Strong: The Comeback initiative continues.
- Lodging – Hotels & Cabins – Currently open using state guidelines
- Campgrounds & RV – Open to both instate and out of state guests
- Restaurants – curbside, delivery, drive-thru and outdoor dining and indoor dining with up to 100% capacity if social distancing can still be maintained.
- Hatfield & McCoy Trail System
- Whitewater Rafting
- Guided Rock Climbing
- Guided Fishing Excursions
- WV State Parks
- Golf – Currently open using state guidelines
- Ziplining & Bridge Walk
- Indoor Dining at Restaurants Updated 3/5/21
- Large/Specialty Retail Stores
- Outdoor recreation rentals (Kayaks, bicycles, boats, rafts, canoes, ATVs, and similar equipment)
- Outdoor motorsport and powersport racing with no spectators
- Mini-Golf and Horseback Riding: These industries will be following the guidelines for Outdoor Recreation Rental Outfitters.
- Museums & Visitors Centers
- Indoor and Outdoor Bars at 100% Capacity where social distancing can be maintained – Updated 3/5/21
- Spas/Massage Businesses
- Limited Video Lottery Retailers
- Pools, Lakes, etc
- Bowling alleys, pool halls, roller rinks, and other places with indoor amusement
- Movie Theaters
- Fairs and Festivals – Effective on May 1, 2021, all fairs, festivals, and summer camps may resume operations, provided that all such events follow all applicable safety guidelines.
- Live Music – Effective midnight Thursday, March 25, 2021, all types of live music performances are permitted to resume, provided that such performances continue to follow all applicable safety guidelines.