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Gov. Justice Allows Live Performances to Resume

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Live outdoor music performances are once again permitted in West Virginia. Governor Jim Justice made the announcement during his Monday, October 5 corona-virus media briefing. Under Executive Order 74-20, the restrictions on outdoor performances have been loosened. The order also permits certain types of indoor performances.

“We’ve been working with our medical experts on these types of performances for a while,” the Governor said. “For the time being, we are still limiting live performances to outdoors only, with capacity limitations and face coverings required. Our medical experts believe this is still the safest thing to do to keep people safe at these events.”

The signing of the Executive Order means that outdoor live performances may resume immediately. However, some restrictions will still be enforced. Crowd sizes must be limited to 25% of the venue’s capacity, or 250 people, whichever is less. Social distancing guidelines must be observed, and attendees will be required to wear protective face coverings.

Under the order, indoor live performances with attendees remains prohibited. However, the new guidelines do allow for indoor live performances for the purposes of broadcast, as long as there are no attendees or spectators present.

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