Local Leaders Continue to Urge Social Distancing While Supporting Local Business

Per Governor Jim Justice’s announcement yesterday, in-person dining at all bars and restaurants in Kanawha County is suspended for two weeks. During this time, carry-out and delivery will still be allowed. Today, Governor Justice also ordered all gyms, health centers and recreation centers closed.


During a recent news conference, President Donald Trump recommended that gatherings be limited to ten people or less. Social distancing will continue to help flatten the curve and slow the spread of COVID-19.


“While we must remain vigilant and continue social distancing practices, we must also support our local businesses. Many folks are coming up with creative solutions to serve our communities,” said Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin. “Please remember, shop small, tip well and continue to support Charleston and the Kanawha Valley.”


Commissioner Ben Salango commented: “This proclamation was expected and consistent with actions taken in other states. We are aware of the impact this will cause to our restaurants and bars. We would like to remind our citizens to follow the guidelines in place but to try to utilize takeout/delivery service when your own budget allows. As always, support our local Kanawha County businesses and their employees, as they will be hit very hard by this emergency.”


This situation continues to be fluid. The latest information will be provided as it is received.