Covid-19 Update: Governor Justice Issues Executive Order Lifting the Remaining “Hot Spot” Designations

Governor Justice issued Executive Order 38-20, which lifted the last remaining ‘hot spot’ designations, effective March 19, 2020. As a result, there are now no counties in West Virginia that are designated as COVID-19 ‘hot spots’ and subject to the additional restrictions imposed by the Governor’s previous ‘hot spot’ orders.

However, remaining in place are:

  1. The Governor’s original stay-at-home order (Executive Order 9-20) (although this order has been continually modified in recent days by subsequent Executive Orders to permit certain previously closed business categories to re-open); and
  2. DHHR’s emergency rule (64 C.S.R. 114), which provides uniform public health standards for businesses.

Executive Orders, guidance from the Governor’s office, agency rules, local orders, and multiple revisions of the foregoing have led to a patchwork of constantly evolving rules and requirements that may apply in different geographies and across different industries throughout West Virginia. We recommend that you consult your local Department of Heath and Human Resources Office and that of your local County Health Department for additional specific information regarding the application of emergency orders in your area and applicable to your business.

Please do not hesitate to reach out if Lewis Glasser if we can assist you in working through issues or questions you or your businesses may have as COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease and businesses begin to reopen.

Matthew R. Bowles  


Lewis Glasser PLLC   

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James M. Becker  


Lewis Glasser PLLC   

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Lewis Glasser PLLC

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