Governor Jim Justice

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice has ordered the shutdown of all non-essential businesses and a “stay home" order for residents, effective at 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

“If your business is non-essential you will be temporarily closed,” he said, adding the moves are at least in part because some bordering states are doing the same thing.”

Justice said “this is not martial law” and explained that residents can still get out and go to the grocery store, pharmacy, medical appointments and outdoor recreation as long as practicing social distancing.

“No one is being locked in,’ Justice said.

The move is aimed also at keeping people who many be in a “stay home” state from coming to West Virginia.

However, he added, borders will not be closed for travel.

This is a breaking news story. More details to come.

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