Mandate Masks in West Virginia

Mandate Masks in West Virginia

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Wilson Harvey started this petition to Governor Jim Justice

“Masks show you care about others.” - Dr. Clay Marsh, West Virginia COVID expert/“Czar”

In West Virginia, while mask wearing has been encouraged to stop the spread of COVID-19, it has yet to be mandated. Many states have mandated masks, including our neighbors Pennsylvania and Virginia. But in our state, masks are optional, and many West Virginians continue to choose not to wear them. That is why I am asking you to join me in asking Governor Jim Justice to follow our neighboring states in mandating masks in public, with a small fine as penalty.

Age is a major risk factor for COVID, and West Virginia has one of the oldest populations in the U.S., with 20.5% of citizens over age 65 (US Census data). West Virginia is also one of the unhealthiest states in the country, with a bevy of other risk factors presenting for COVID (Business Insider). If and when COVID spikes here, our state will be one of the MOST vulnerable as we continue reopening.

We can mitigate that risk up front and protect our citizens by mandating masks. We need Governor Jim Justice to take action NOW. By signing, you call on Governor Justice to make mask wearing mandatory in public, with a small fine as penalty.

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