West Virginia was made for social distancing. It’s the third most forested state, and the only state completely within the Appalachian Mountain Range. There is room to roam while exploring some of the state’s most iconic landmarks, like Dolly Sods, Seneca Rocks or the New River Gorge National River.
COVID-19 Updates for West Virginia Travelers
Our priority is the health and safety of visitors and local communities throughout the Mountain State. We invite you to travel responsibly while visiting Almost Heaven. A statewide indoor face covering requirement is in effect and visitors are encouraged to maintain a safe social distance when traveling the state.
The West Virginia Tourism Office and its industry partners are closely monitoring the coronavirus updates and following the advice of public health officials and government agencies. Travelers are encouraged to check the status of any upcoming reservation, special event and operations of individual businesses before embarking on their trip.
For the most up-to-date information, please utilize the following resources:
- West Virginia-specific information: Call the toll-free hotline 1-800-887-4304 or visit www.coronavirus.wv.gov
- West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources: www.dhhr.wv.gov/COVID-19
- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention – www.cdc.gov
- World Health Organization – www.who.int
Gov. Justice Issues Statewide Indoor Face Covering Requirement
Gov. Justice issued Executive Order 50-20 on July 7 and it remains in effect. Per the Executive Order, face coverings must be worn in all public indoor places where social distancing cannot be maintained. The order does not apply to children under the age of 9 or anyone who has trouble breathing or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
Statewide Social Gathering Limit
As of July 14, 2020, the limit for all purely social gatherings has been reduced to 25 individuals. The limitation does not apply to any activity, business, or entity that has been deemed essential, such as religious services, weddings, or group meetings, conferences, or other special events held for essential businesses and operations, as defined by Executive Order 9-20, as amended.
Restaurants and Bars
Under Gov. Justice’s reopening plan, West Virginia Strong — The Comeback, restaurants and bars may open indoor facilities at 50% capacity, as well as offering outdoor service and take-away and delivery service.
Hotels, Cabins and Vacation Rentals
All lodging providers are allowed to open or remain open with the limited services and usages, for more details guidelines please review this document. Lodging providers include properties such as hotels, motels, condo hotels, rental properties, Airbnb/VRBO style lodging, and cabins. Separate guidance has been issued for campgrounds and can be accessed here.
Guest Safety & Check-in
- Self-screening: Encourage all patrons to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms with the following questions:
- Have you been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19?
- Are you experiencing a cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat?
- Have you had a fever in the last 48 hours?
- Have you had new loss of taste or smell?
- Have you had vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours?
- Temperature checks: Patrons are encouraged to take their temperature prior to arriving.
- Sick guests: Any guest who exhibits COVID-19 symptoms (i.e., answers yes to any of the screening questions or who is running a fever) should seek medical care and/or COVID-19 testing, per CDC guidelines.
- Face coverings: As applicable, guests should be required to wear cloth or disposable cloth face coverings in common areas.
- Social distancing at check-in and check-out: Front desk agents shall practice social distancing, including utilizing every other workstation to ensure separation between employees whenever applicable and possible. Contactless check-in, including mobile check in/check out and pre-key group arrivals are encouraged, when feasible, to reduce lobby population and front desk queues. In addition, contactless payment processes are encouraged, and when not available, employees should minimize contact as much as possible.
- Remote check-ins for cabins or vacation rentals: Remote check-ins, where guests go directly to their properties is preferable. Consider implementing mobile or web-based check-ins.
- Check-in preparation: Assemble any necessary arrival packets or materials in advance to reduce the number of items passed between staff and guests.
- Keys: Sanitize keys or plastic key cards both before and after each use.
- Non-adjacent rooms: During periods of low-to-medium occupancy, guests should be assigned nonadjacent rooms at check-in, when possible.
Gov. Justice Issues Safer at Home Order & Plan to Reopen
As part of Governor Justice’s plan to reopen, West Virginia Strong: The Comeback, the State of West Virginia is reopening in multiple phases. Each week, Governor Justice announces businesses set to reopen in the following week. At that time, guidance is issued to both travelers and businesses to mitigate exposure and spread of COVID-19.
Click here to view a comprehensive list of reopening guidance issued to-date. Travelers are encouraged to reference this page for daily updates.
West Virginia Welcome Centers
All West Virginia welcome centers and rest areas remain open to travelers during the State of Emergency declared by Gov. Jim Justice related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Welcome centers and rest areas will continue to be maintained and cleaned, with their restrooms open. Welcome centers will be operating under limited staffing; travel brochures and literature is available upon request.
The Place You Belong is Waiting
Scenic vistas. Quaint mountain towns. Winding roads. West Virginia will be here.
The place where wide open spaces come standard. Where we don’t mind when people want to keep their distance. Where you can clear your head and immerse yourself in the great outdoors. The place where you belong.
In times like these, when distance is needed, there is no better place to visit than West Virginia. Almost Heaven will be here. Waiting to welcome you.
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