Visiting City Hall During the Pandemic: What to Expect

Updated July 6, 2020 to reflect the governor’s mandate to wear face coverings inside public buildings.

Elkins City Hall is committed to the safety of its customers, its staff, and the community as a whole.

Everyone entering city hall is asked to follow certain safety precautions propagated by the West Virginia Governor’s Office.

  1. Please visit city hall only if there is no other option. Remember that utility bills and municipal court fines can be paid by mail, online, phone, or via the dropbox behind city hall. Questions can be answered by phone or email. See cityofelkinswv.com for more details, including departmental contact information.
  2. Wait your turn to enter. As ordered by the W. Va. DHHR, only two people may be admitted to the building’s lobby at a time.
  3. Maintain the 6-foot social distancing requirement. Use floor markings as reference points.
  4. Wear a mask and sanitize your hands upon entering. As of July 6, 2020, the governor has ordered that all people wear face coverings inside public buildings. Sanitizer will be available at the counter.
  5. Make an appointment to meet with non-Treasurer’s Department personnel. If you require a face-to-face meeting with a city hall employee located on the second floor, please contact that employee in advance, via phone or email, to arrange a time. This meeting will occur on the first floor, in the municipal courtroom, pending availability of that space.

For more information about coronavirus in Elkins, please click here.

Additional Week 4 Reopenings: Gyms, Rafting, Rock Climbing

May 14, 2020

At his daily press conference today, Governor Jim Justice announced additional categories of businesses that will be allowed but not required to reopen during the week of May 18, or “Week 4” of his reopening plan.

The newly announced categories are:

  • Fitness centers, gyms, and recreation centers may open Monday, May 18 (guidelines available here)
  • Whitewater rafting and ziplining may open Thursday, May 21 (guidelines available here)
  • Guided rock climbing may open Friday, May 15 (guidelines available here)

Elkins Announces Next Reopening Steps

City hall opening to public May 18; Yard sales permitted May 15

Elkins, W. Va., May 13, 2020: Elkins officials today announced the scheduled dates of multiple reductions in coronavirus-related restrictions, including the reopening of city hall to the public, permission to resume yard sales and door-to-door solicitation, and the resumption of municipal court proceedings. To reduce COVID-19 infection risk, the public is encouraged to continue using no-contact methods for paying utility bills or contacting city staff. Multiple additional safety precautions will be required as well. (more…)

Week 4 of Governor’s Reopening Plan: Indoor Dining at Restaurants and Other Changes

May 12, 2020

This week–Week 3 of Governor Jim Justice’s reopening plan–the governor announced plans for Week 4 to commence Thursday, May 21. Please note that he has yet to issue an actual order to this effect, so this is currently only a tentative plan. (more…)

Elkins Event Organizers Urged to Be Realistic, Apply for Permits Early

Elkins, W. Va., May 7, 2020: With what is usually the summer events season fast approaching, Elkins officials are urging event organizers to carefully consider the viability of their planned events under social-distancing requirements and other CDC recommendations for reducing the risk of COVID-19 spread. Applications to the city for special WVABCA licenses or events on public property must include detailed plans for complying with these requirements and recommendations. Because these additional considerations will lengthen the review and approval process, organizers should submit event applications as early as possible. (more…)

DMC Reopening Toolkit Available

Davis Medical Center (DMC) has released a “toolkit” based on the best practices the hospital has developed for social distancing and safety of workers and patients.

DMC is now making its toolkit available to the community as a resource as restrictions on businesses are starting to be reduced.

The toolkit includes items such as signs showing proper handwashing techniques, log sheets for daily employee health screening and employee self-monitoring, and guidelines for preparing your workplace and the proper use of protective equipment.

You can download the toolkit here.

Statement from Mayor and Council on Modified Forest Festival Plans

May 7, 2020
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The mayor and city council have released the following statement in response to the news concerning changes to plans for the 84th Mountain State Forest Festival:

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board of Directors of the Mountain State Forest Festival (MSFF) has announced modifications to its plans for the 2020 festival. These modifications include the elimination of the festival’s royal court and all related events and activities, including the Coronation, Distinguished Guest Dinner, Queen’s Ball, opening and closing ceremonies, and school tours. (more…)

Elkins Postponing Reopening of City Hall

Elkins, W. Va., May 5, 2020: Elkins officials have cancelled the previously announced May 11 reopening of Elkins City Hall. Difficulty obtaining protective equipment was an important factor in the cancellation. Officials have not yet announced a new reopening date. (more…)

Reopening Guidance for Small Businesses, Restaurants, and Churches and Funeral Homes

April 29, 2020

As you have probably heard, this week Governor Justice released a plan for the phased reopening of certain West Virginia businesses. You can read that plan here.

Per the governor, if the statewide cumulative percent of positive test results (available at Coronavirus.wv.gov) remains below 3 percent through the evening of Wednesday, April 29, “Week 2” of the governor’s reopening plan will commence Monday, May 4. The commencement of Week 2 (and, presumably, each subsequent phase of the reopening plan) will be announced by executive order from the governor’s office. (more…)

“The Comeback”: West Virginia’s Reopening Plan

April 28, 2020

Governor Justice has now released a plan for the phased reopening of certain West Virginia businesses. You can read the plan here. Read on for a couple of key takeaway points, how business owners can get ready, and local considerations in Elkins. (more…)

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