WV Gov. Justice lifts mask mandate for fully vaccinated residents, announces end to $300 unemployment supplement

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced Friday that he is signing an executive order modifying the state’s face covering mandate to fall in line with CDC guidelines that say that those who are fully vaccinated(had both shots or one Johnson & Johnson shot and two weeks have passed since the shot) no longer need to wear masks in most settings.

The mask mandate STILL applies for all those not vaccinated. until June 20, Justice stressed. “You do not have a constitutional right not to wear a mask. Any private business or school can still require you to wear a mask. You don’t like the mask, go get vaccinated!” Justice said.

In response to concerns of businesses being unable to find employees, the governor also announced that all federally funded unemployment programs($300/week supplement) will end on June 19. Return-to-work bonuses of $500, that could be matched by businesses, are being looked at, Justice said. The bonuses would require an employee to stay on the job for at least 90 days to be eligible, he said.

The state will be transferring 6,000 Johnson & Johnson doses to Delaware, Justice said, because they will soon expire.

The briefing ended abruptly, just shy of 20 minutes, due to an internet problem at the state Capitol.

During Wednesday’s briefing, Justice announced that he would be dropping his briefing scheduled from three days a week to two days a week, starting next week. His next briefing is expected to be held on Monday.

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