WV Governor Justice announces tanning bed businesses can reopen May 21


CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Governor Jim Justice held another virtual COVID-19 media briefing Wednesday afternoon.

The governor announced that tanning bed businesses have been added to the list of businesses that will able to reopen on Thursday, May 21. Justice mentioned that he was surprised about how many calls state officials have gotten asking about tanning businesses.

Justice asked other businesses that have not been able to reopen yet, to remain patient.

The governor and state health officials again urged people not to go out in public if they don’t need to and to wear face masks if they do.

Gov. Justice again stressed the importance of state residents filling out the 2020 U.S. Census. The state’s response rate, so far, is low, Justice said.

The governor and state health officials also mentioned that May is National Foster Care Month and that the state is in need of foster parents.

Wednesday’s briefing was originally scheduled for 10 a.m., but the Governor’s Office announced in a release Wednesday morning that the time had been changed to Noon.

During Tuesday’s briefing, Justice provided additional details on reopening announcements he had made Monday. Tuesday’s briefing ended with Justice giving an animated response after being asked if anything was being done to protect workers losing unemployment benefits if they are called back to their jobs.

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