Reopening Guidance for Small Businesses, Restaurants, and Churches and Funeral Homes

April 29, 2020

As you have probably heard, this week Governor Justice released a plan for the phased reopening of certain West Virginia businesses. You can read that plan here.

Per the governor, if the statewide cumulative percent of positive test results (available at Coronavirus.wv.gov) remains below 3 percent through the evening of Wednesday, April 29, “Week 2” of the governor’s reopening plan will commence Monday, May 4. The commencement of Week 2 (and, presumably, each subsequent phase of the reopening plan) will be announced by executive order from the governor’s office. (more…)

“The Comeback”: West Virginia’s Reopening Plan

April 28, 2020

Governor Justice has now released a plan for the phased reopening of certain West Virginia businesses. You can read the plan here. Read on for a couple of key takeaway points, how business owners can get ready, and local considerations in Elkins. (more…)

Looking Ahead to Governor’s Reopening Guidelines

April 24, 2020

Governor Justice announced Friday that his office would release guidelines for reopening certain businesses early next week.

City officials have already been receiving questions from business owners about what guidelines and restrictions they may be required to operate under. For example, some business owners have asked if the city plans to impose any special restrictions locally in addition to what the governor will announce. (more…)

FAQs About Upcoming Primary Election

From the Office of
West Virginia Secretary of State
Mac Warner

Primary Election set for June 9; Secretary of State Mac Warner shares “Frequently Asked Questions” related to upcoming Primary Election

Charleston, W. Va. – As many changes have been made to the 2020 Primary Election due to COVID-19, West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner, his elections staff, and county clerks have worked to keep voters informed. (more…)

Elkins Named Tree City for Twelfth Consecutive Year

Marilyn Cuonzo, chair of the Elkins Tree Board and a member of Elkins Common Council, prepares to launch the Tree City commemorative flag with Elkins Mayor Van Broughton.

Elkins Tree Board to Observe Arbor Day with Davis Street Park Planting

Elkins W. Va., April 23, 2020: Elkins, West Virginia was named a 2020 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters. The Elkins Tree Board (ETB), which recently received two grants from the W. Va. Division of Forestry and is active in creating and maintaining greenspaces throughout the city, will observe Arbor Day with a tree planting at Davis Street Park. (more…)

Elkins Police Department Completes Review of Use of Force During Arrest of Jerry Lee Isner II

Chief Finds No Disciplinary Actions Warranted

Elkins W. Va., April 20, 2020: The Elkins Police Department (EPD) has completed its internal review of officers’ use of force during the arrest of Jerry Lee Isner II for the shooting of EPD Senior Patrolman Daniel T. Sayre last month. (more…)

DHHR Order: Checklist and Template for Businesses Permitted to Operate During the Emergency

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) has issued a new rule entitled “Public Health Standards for Businesses Remaining Open During the COVID-19 Outbreak.” (Click here for direct link to rule text.) (more…)

Health Department Press Release on New Safety Measures for Essential Businesses

April 18, 2020

9:00 a.m.

New DHHR Rule Establishes New Safety Measures for Essential Businesses

To strengthen the protection of public health and safety during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) has issued a new rule entitled “Public Health Standards for Businesses Remaining Open During the COVID-19 Outbreak.” The rule, which was approved by the West Virginia Secretary of State and made effective on Thursday, April 16, imposes certain new requirements on the “essential” businesses that are still allowed to operate under Governor Justice’s March 24 “stay home” order (Executive Order 09-20). (more…)

City Hall News: April 20-24, 2020

Elkins W. Va., April 18, 2020: City council meets Tuesday at 7 p.m. in virtual special session. (Login information and the full agenda are available here: www.cityofelkinswv.com/login.) All West Virginia cities and counties must meet on the third Tuesday of every April to finalize their annual budgeting process by “laying the levy,” or formally setting the in-city property tax rate. (In the budget council takes up at Tuesday’s meeting, this rate is proposed to be unchanged from last year.) (more…)

New Safety Measures Required for Essential Businesses

April 17, 2020

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) has issued a new rule entitled “Public Health Standards for Businesses Remaining Open During the COVID-19 Outbreak.” (Click here for direct link to rule text.) (more…)

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