UPDATED 8:14 AM PT — Tuesday, April 28, 2020
The governor of West Virginia unveiled his proposal to begin reopening some sectors of the state’s economy. In a news release Monday, Gov. Jim Justice (R) announced he would be implementing a six-week timeline to reopen the state in phases.
Phase one calls for health centers and hospitals to resume elective procedures as early as April 30. In order to qualify, hospitals must have an adequate stockpile of personal protective equipment.
Phase two will allow small businesses that either have 10 employees or less, or provide professional services such as hair salons, to open one week later.
Gov. Justice said after two weeks, other sectors of the state will be available to reopen based on a schedule approved by health experts amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Today I unveiled my plan to reopen our state as we continue to battle #COVID19.
— Governor Jim Justice (@WVGovernor) April 27, 2020
“I think its a great plan…we’re going to monitor, we’re gonna watch and we’re gonna take small steps,” he stated. “As we take small steps, we’ll see where we are and if we’ve got to stop, or slow, or back up — that’s what we’ll do.”
The governor’s plan comes as a number of states have already begun reopening parts of their economies in phases. This includes Oklahoma, Georgia and South Carolina.