By: Sutton StokesMarch 19, 2020

COE COVID-19 Update: March 19, 2020

Since the mayor’s declaration Tuesday, the City of Elkins has been and remains under a citywide state of emergency. (There are also national and statewide declared emergencies.) By themselves, declared states of emergency mainly enable streamlining of government operations and do not automatically impose restrictions on businesses or private citizens.

However, the governor of West Virginia has issued the following additional orders:

In accordance with city officials’ best understanding of the current public-health advice concerning the COVID-19 pandemic, Elkins City Hall remains closed to the public. As per the governor’s order, the Phil Gainer Community Center is also closed to the public. However, all city departments are operating and providing all services, under modified procedures.

  • Trash is being collected on the regular schedule.
  • Building permits are being issued
  • Utility bills and municipal court fines can be paid online or in the dropbox behind city hall
  • The fire department building is closed to the public; firefighters may be wearing additional personal protective equipment
  • Police officers may be wearing additional personal protective equipment

Please review the following information and check the provided statewide and national sources for more information. Let’s look out for each other—we all have a role to play in minimizing the spread of this deadly virus.

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