Violating ‘Stay at Home’ order could mean jailtime

FAYETTE COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – Violating the Stay at Home order could land you in jail.

Sheriff Mike Fridley explained that the West Virginia Code allows authorities to intervene if there are large gatherings that go against the order.

If residents repeatedly violate the order, Sheriff Fridley says they could be arrested for a misdemeanor. However, there are exceptions to the order such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy.

“If someone is having a party and we get a call that there’s more than [ten] people partying around a bonfire, they could be arrested for that West Virginia code,” he explained.
It’s unclear what the sentencing would be for someone violating the order, but misdemeanors typically carry up to a $500 fine or up to a year behind bars.
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