West Virginia drive-ins, physical therapy offices to reopen

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia physical therapy centers and drive-in movie theaters will be allowed to reopen next week under Gov. Jim Justice’s plan to get the state’s economy moving again during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Republican governor on Monday announced those businesses can resume May 11.

He said the order includes gyms and fitness centers that offer exercise therapy, physical and post-operative therapy and are staffed with licensed health care providers. Occupancy will be reduced by 50%, while showers, locker rooms, swimming pools and hot tubs will remain off limits.

Regular gyms and recreational facilities must stay closed, Justice said.

Customers of drive-in theaters are asked to buy tickets in advance or by means other than cash. While purchasing food, moviegoers cannot wait outside of their cars.

This week, Justice’s reopening plan included small businesses with fewer than 10 employees, restaurants with outdoor seating, barber shops and dog groomers.

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