Governor’s office clarifies public gathering ban of 25 or more

CHARLESTON, WV (WOAY) – Brian Abraham, General Counsel for Gov. Justice, clarified that the ban on public gatherings of 25 or more people, as outlined in the Governor’s Safer At Home order, does not apply for gatherings at businesses that are considered essential in the Safer At Home order.

“We’ve gotten various calls from these industries that are opening up,” Abraham said. “What we suggest is that any of those essential businesses that we’ve offered additional guidelines for, those are the guidelines that should be followed, not the 25-person limit.

“There is no 25-person public gathering limit on our essential businesses,” Abraham said. “A public gathering, something like a…picnic, where a group of people just gather in a park or something – those are the things that we’re trying to discourage, that don’t have any particular purpose other than just the socializing itself.”

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