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The West Virginia mask mandate is now in place.

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WEST VIRGINIA (WVVA)- Governor Jim Justice has put the state under a mask mandate to curb spiking positive COVID-19 cases.

Individuals are required to wear their mask when social distancing is not an option.

Today is the first day of the mandate, but some West Virginian's say they don't think the action is strong enough.

"There's punishment for reckless driving, because it can endanger the lives of other people," said Buckhannon, West Virginia resident Wilson Harvey. "And I think it's fair to say that there should be punishment, in a small way, for something that's literally endangering the lives of our immunocompromised and our elderly populations."

William Harvey

A petition calling for some form of punishment for those who refuse to comply, was created by Harvey prior to the mandate.

"Just out of love for the people here and out of a desire to make sure we stay safe as a state, I thought that it would be important to push for Governor Justice to make this step," Harvey said. "I'm happy to see that he's responded in part at least."

If people refuse to wear their mask they will not receive a fine or citation at this time.

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