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Despite go-ahead, some West Virginia eateries to stay shut

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Some West Virginia restaurants are balking at the chance to reopen as Gov. Jim Justice's plan to get the state economy moving again in response to the coronavirus enters its second week.

Despite the chance to recoup lost revenues, Super Weenie hot dog shop owner Jason Myer told the Charleston-Gazette Mail that he won't reopen "until it makes sense."

Keeley Steele, who operates three businesses on Charleston's East End, says the risk of reopening during the pandemic isn't worth a potential boost in sales.

Starting Monday, Justice's reopening plan includes small businesses with fewer than 10 employees, restaurants with outdoor seating, barber shops and dog groomers.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam extended by a week an executive order that closed businesses to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. It is now scheduled to expire on May 15.

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