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Justice lifts capacity restrictions on bars/restaurants, businesses

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WEST VIRGINIA (WVVA) - Capacity limits have been lifted on bars, restaurants, and businesses in West Virginia.

Governor Jim Justice made the announcement in a Friday press briefing.

Bars, restaurants, small businesses/retail stores, gyms, and museums can open to 100% capacity, if social distancing can be maintained.

However, the indoor face mask requirement will remain in effect.

"I encourage everyone there to just use good sense and absolutely try if you can at all times except when you’re eating or drinking to keep your mask on," Justice said.

Justice also reported that youth travel sports can resume, unless in the 'red' category on the DHHR County Alert System. There are currently zero red counties.

Attendance limits at high school sporting events will be decided by the WVSSAC, Justice said.

The social gathering limit was also upped. It's now 100 people - up from the previous limit of 75.

Justice says guidance for fairs and festivals will come at a later date.

"We will clarify as they get close," he said. "I’m very hopeful that our fairs and festivals will go on, not like the past year but like the past years before that."

This story is developing. Stick with WVVA for further updates.

Jade Burks

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