Beckley city leaders believe citizens are not practicing social distancing

BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – This afternoon, Beckley Mayor Rob Rappold and leaders from various industries came together to have a community update meeting in downtown Beckley.

The community update meeting was intended to inform the public on the current state of COVID-19 in the city of Beckley.

Politicians, doctors, first responders, and business experts joined Mayor Rappold by representing their respective industries. As the city continues to adjust to life during the COVID-19 outbreak all speakers agreed that the city of Beckley could take social distancing more seriously.

“We need to think of these things and be realistic in our community and how do you expect someone to do that,” said Dr. Ayne Amjad. “Allowing 30 people in a grocery store defeats the purpose of social distancing. Other cities around the country only allow four to five people in at a time.”

“At Sheetz, there were hundreds of people going in and out, not practicing social distancing. It’s been proven to work and that’s really what’s most important right now so that we can all get back to business,” said President and CEO of Beckley Raleigh-County Chamber of Commerce Michelle Rotellini.

Currently, there’s no update on the status of the May 12th election.