Covid-19 Update: Governor Issues Guidance to Small Businesses for Reopening in Advance of Executive Order

On April 28, 2020, the Governor issued Guidance for West Virginia Small Businesses in anticipation of reopening of small businesses of 10 or fewer employees. The guidelines issued by the Governor are being published in anticipation of an Executive Order to be effective on May 4, 2020, officially permitting the reopening such businesses.

These guidelines are issued for employers to begin crafting and adopting rules and regulations to protect employees, customers, and the general public. The Governor’s guidelines cover many topics including employee health screenings; sick and at-risk employees; monitoring employees for symptoms; planning for re-opening and revised business policies; training; cleaning workplaces and public businesses; dealing with customers and the public; providing personal protective equipment; and more.

In implementing guidance from the Governor’s Office, numerous other State and Federal laws may come into play. Employers should consider this when formulating plans and policies to reopen their businesses and workplaces to employees, customers, and the public. We encourage you to review the Governor’s guidance and to reach out to Lewis Glasser if we can assist or provide guidance to you in developing or evaluating rules, policies, or regulations for the reopening of your business or any other workplace related matters.

Matthew R. Bowles  


Lewis Glasser PLLC   

(O) 304.345.2000 (Ext. 1039) / (D) 304.414.9001                /                      

300 Summers Street, Suite 700

Charleston, West Virginia 25301


James M. Becker  


Lewis Glasser PLLC   

(O) 304.345.2000 (Ext. 1014) / (D) 304.414.9014                 /                       

300 Summers Street, Suite 700

Charleston, West Virginia 25301


Lewis Glasser PLLC

304-345-2000 /

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