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SB Wednesday: more businesses re-open during week five of ‘West Virginia Strong – the Comeback’

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BLUEFIELD, W.Va (WVVA) - WVVA is helping to answer your questions about small business loans, unemployment, business reopening and more

John O'Neal, Executive Director of the Mercer County Development Authority, is helping answer those questions. On Tuesday, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced that we are in "Week 5" of his re-opening plan for businesses to resume operations.

"The West Virginia Comeback continues. Last week many outdoor recreational businesses were permitted to reopen just in time for summer. State park campgrounds, the Hatfield McCoy Trail System, and certain motorsports all began operations. Also, restaurants and malls opened their doors to indoor customers," said O'Neal.

"This week, several additional types of business are eligible to open up, including cabins and lodges at state parks, museums, visitor centers, and bars," said O'Neal.

More businesses will also open this weekend.

"(That includes) swimming pools, spas, massage businesses, limited video lottery, bowling alleys, and other indoor amusements," said O'Neal.

"As West Virginia continues opening up for business, and many people are returning back to work, Gov. Justice continues to remind everyone that there is no federal or West Virginia state mandate requiring citizens to wear masks.," said O'Neal.

"...The Governor does encourage everyone to follow the guidelines for sanitation and distancing in his reopening plan," said O'Neal.

"It is not too late for struggling business owners to seek federal assistance. The deadline to apply for COVID 19 related loan programs is June 30," said O'Neal.

For more information. go here.

If you have a question you'd like O'Neal to answer, send WVVA an email at:

Melinda Zosh

Evening Anchor and Producer

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