West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, after announcing the first case of coronavirus confirmed in the Eastern Panhandle, ordered all restaurants, bars and casinos closed.
Justice said restaurants and bars can serve customers with carryout orders, but gambling venues such as the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races must shut down completely.
“We’re all in this boat together. We have to do this,” he said.
Justice urged West Virginians to continue to practice safe hygiene such as washing hands. He asked people to practice social distancing such as staying out of crowds. He also said people should reach out to assist the elderly.
The governor acknowledged the hardship recent restrictions imposed to fight the spread of the virus entailed. He named his decision to close schools statewide and canceling sports events.
“If by chance I left a stone unturned and at the end of the day in trying to cure an inconvenience or cure an economic issue, I exposed others to a situation where you lost a loved one, how do we overcome that” How do we replace that?” he said. “And it just can’t be done.”