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Gov. Justice announces face covering requirement to end

On Friday, May 14, 2021, Gov. Justice signed an Executive Order to immediately modify West Virginia’s face covering requirement to follow the updated CDC guidance for fully vaccinated West Virginians. 
The Statewide Indoor Face Covering Requirement no longer applies to anyone ​who is fully vaccinated. ​
​The Statewide Indoor Face Covering Requirement is still in effect for all West Virginians who are not yet fully vaccinated, and will remain in effect for these individuals until June 20, 2021.


This only applies to those who have been fully vaccinated; meaning that at least two weeks have elapsed since the administration of a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or that at least two weeks have elapsed since the administration of a first dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Requiring proof of vaccination as a condition of entry into a State building or facility is not permitted.
Face coverings must still be worn where required by federal law. Additionally, any private business or school system can still require individuals to wear a face covering.
According to the CDC, currently authorized vaccines in the United States are highly effective at protecting vaccinated people against symptomatic and severe COVID-19. Additionally, a growing body of evidence suggests that fully vaccinated people are less likely to have asymptomatic infection or transmit COVID-19 to others.
Governor Justice strongly encourages all State employees to get vaccinated. Vaccinations are now available to all West Virginians age 12 and older and are available in all 55 counties through community vaccination clinics, community health centers, pharmacies, schools, workplaces, and other locations. For more information about COVID-19 vaccinations or to find a vaccine near you, visit vaccinate.wv.gov or call the WV Vaccine Info Line at 1-833-734-0965.


Free COVID-19 testing opportunities for all West Virginians are provided by the Governor’s Office, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, the West Virginia National Guard, the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs, local health departments, and many community partners. 
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