WV Gov. Justice: No current need for a statewide mask mandate, decisions being left to local officials


CHARLESTON, W.Va. – “If we drop the hammer right this minute and do a mask mandate, you’ll have all kinds of division happen immediately. It is a fine line that we’ve got to walk. There will be a point in time where maybe we’ve got to go that way, but today’s not that day,” West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said during Friday’s virtual COVID-19 briefing.

“I do not have the information in front of me to move to a mask mandate,” Justice said, continuing that those decisions are currently being left up to local officials.

“For God’s sakes a living, the last thing we need to do is fragment ourselves and start mandating against mandates, the governor said, in reference to what’s happening in Florida and other states.

Gov. Justice also spent time Friday celebrating the “Do it for Babydog” vaccine sweepstakes program, which he claimed led to almost 200,000 vaccinations. A video showing a compilation of the cash and truck prize winners was played during the briefing and can be seen below.

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