City councilman hands out facemasks

BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – With masks now required, a new Beckley councilman steps up to help out.

Small businesses have struggled to make ends meet during the pandemic. With masks now required, some are concerned there will be another drop in local business activity due to people avoiding having to wear the face coverings. Robert Dunlap offers a solution.

“If you’re uptown and you need to do business, come by our office, pick up a mask because frankly, we can’t afford to lose those customers uptown,” said the city council member.

Dunlap’s law office is located across the street from the Raleigh County Courthouse and is within walking distance from The Carpenter’s Corner.

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