COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Response
The following restrictions are still in place in the City of Morgantown:
- Suspension of minimum parking requirements and temporary sign regulations
- Required closure of outbreak sites
- Mask requirements
- Suspension of regular inspections of rental housing units
- 25-person gathering limits indoors except for essential businesses
- Restrictions on public gatherings in residential units in certain areas of the city
- Suspension of residential assembly permits
- Group gatherings shall be limited to a maximum of 25 people, except for Essential Business and Operations, as defined in Executive Orders 9-20 and 51-20, as they may be amended.
- Bars and bar areas within restaurants, hotels, and other similar facilities may not be occupied and shall remain closed, in accordance with the Governor’s executive order issued September 2, 2020.
- This order modifies and supersedes Article II of the City Manager’s Order dated July 27, 2020, which imposed group size limitations.
- Any violation of this Article shall be deemed a public nuisance subject to summary abatement by the Chief of Police, or other law enforcement officer, including the Fire Marshal and deputy fire marshals. In addition, any violation shall be a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of no less than $25.00 and no more than $500.00. Each day a violation continues shall constitute a separate violation.
Governor Jim Justice has ordered that all bars in Monongalia County will close indefinitely as of 4 p.m. on Sept. 2 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. View the briefing here.
Morgantown City Council passed an emergency ordinance in response to the recent outbreak of COVID-19 in Monongalia County. View the ordinance in its entirety here. View the City Manager’s order implementing the ordinance here.
Governor Jim Justice has issued an executive order reducing the statewide social gathering limit from 100 to 25 individuals, and an executive order mandating the closure of bars in Monongalia County for 10 days, effective at 12:01 a.m. on July 14. Read more here.
Governor Jim Justice has mandated that individuals over the age of 9 wear masks or some kind of facial covering in public buildings as of 12 a.m. on July 7. Individuals who can social distance, such as when alone in an office, can take off the mask, but should wear it while entering the building and walking around among others.
Mon Health Systems (aka Mon General Hospital, as opposed to Monongalia County Health Department) is no longer accepting hotline phone calls.
Morgantown City Council voted unanimously to extend the Emergency Ordinance it set into place on March 16 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This ordinance suspends minimum parking requirements and temporary sign regulations. View the ordinance here.
The Monongalia County Health Department has rescinded its order limiting liquor sales to only West Virginia residents. That order is now rescinded which removes limitations on quantities able to be purchased and removes limiting of sales to only those individuals with West Virginia, student, residential, or military identification.
Regular rates in all Morgantown Parking Authority metered spaces, lots and garages will resume on June 1. In March, the MPA announced free parking until the "Stay-at-Home" order was lifted by Gov. Justice. View the news release here.
City of Morgantown buildings will reopen to the public on a limited basis on May 26. View the press release here for more information.
The Monongalia County Health Department and National Guard is offering free COVID-19 testing on Friday, May 22 and Saturday, May 23. The goal is to reach vulnerable populations, including minorities, people with special needs and those without primary care doctors. For more information, view the press release here.
The City of Morgantown is now offering a temporary outdoor dining program for local restaurants and businesses. View more information and obtain an application here.
The Monongalia County Health Department has released additional guidance on the Governor’s Safer at Home order and how it relates to Monongalia County businesses and residents. View the release here.
WVU has announced scheduling information for students to retrieve belongings from residence halls. Students may return to campus to retrieve belongings from May 18 to June 6. Find more information here.
Governor Jim Justice has issued a Safer at Home executive order that will go into effect at 12 a.m. on May 4. View the news release here.
Republic Services, in cooperation with the City of Morgantown and West Virginia University, will hold a student move-out dumpster program for those individuals living in off campus housing from Friday, May 1 through Saturday, May 16. View COVID-19 guidance regarding the move-out procedure here. View the news release here.
On April 27, Gov. Jim Justice announced his plan to reopen the state. The plan is called “West Virginia Strong – The Comeback” and allows businesses in certain sectors to reopen in phases over the next six weeks if the rate of positive COVID-19 cases in the state remains low. View the plan here.
Republic Services will resume bulk and yard waste services. View the statement from Republic Services here.
REVISED UPDATE FROM 04/04/20: The Monongalia County Health Department has revised the previous changes to liquor sales including banning liquor sales to anyone without a West Virginia-issued ID. As of April 9, individuals with a West Virginia-issued ID, residential lease, military ID or student ID may purchase alcohol. Read the amended order here.
The Monongalia County Health Department is now recommending that all individuals wear masks when they go out. Read the news release here. The Monongalia County Health Department has issued an order to provide new and updated guidelines on the operation of essential businesses. Read the order here.
Saturday night, Gov. Justice expanded his Executive Order to additional counties including Monongalia County. Read the news release here and review the provisions of the order below.
Provisions of the Executive Order include:
- Limiting groups to a maximum of 5 people.
- Directing ALL businesses to require employees to work from home to the maximum extent possible.
- Directing the Local Health Departments to establish the maximum occupancy of and proper social distance within essential businesses and taking action to enforce these health regulations.
- Directing the West Virginia National Guard to provide logistical support and services to assist county agencies.
- Directing the West Virginia State Police to assist with enforcement of local county orders.
City of Morgantown Buildings closure date to the public has extended until April 30, 2020. Learn more here. BOPARC has released information regarding closures due to COVID-19 and general information for BOPARC ran entities. Learn more here.
On March 28 the U.S. Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security, or CARES Act. The bill was then signed by President Trump. The legislation provides economic relief for both individuals and businesses. For more information about the CARES Act and how it can assist you click here.
Republic Services has announced a change in its recycling and waste pickup services regarding COVID-19. Read more about the announcement here.
Morgantown Municipal Court has postponed all trials, hearings, and conferences through April 14. View the news release here. The Morgantown Parking Authority is offering free parking at all metered spaces, lots, and parking garages until the stay at home order is lifted by Gov. Jim Justice. View the news release here.
Gov. Jim Justice has issued a stay at home order which goes into effect on March 24 at 8 p.m. The order directs all West Virginia residents to stay at home and limit movements outside of their homes beyond essential needs. View the executive order here.
- Go to the grocery, convenience, or warehouse store
- Go to the pharmacy to pick up medication or other healthcare necessities
- Go to medical appointments
- Go to a restaurant for take-out, delivery or drive-thru
- Care for or support a friend or family member
- Take a walk, ride your bike, hike, jog, and be in nature for exercise - just keep at least 6 feet between you and others
- Walk your pets and take them to the vet if necessary
- Help someone get necessary supplies
- Receive deliveries from any business which delivers
You SHOULD NOT:
- Go to work unless you are providing essential services or work for an essential business as defined by the Order
- Order is available at governor.wv.gov
- Visit friends and family if there is no urgent need
- Maintain less than six feet of distance from others when you go out
- Visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility, or other
Morgantown City Council will hold its March 24 meeting via Zoom. There are various ways the public can participate. Learn more here.
Morgantown City Council has adopted an emergency ordinance regarding COVID-19. View the official statement and ordinance here. View an interview with Mayor Kawecki discussing the ordinance here or view a graphic which provides a brief explanation of the ordinance here.
City Buildings and Municipal Court closed due to COVID-19. Read more about the closures here.
Public Health Agency Resources
- Monongalia County Health Department
- Mon Health
- West Virginia University Medicine
- WV Department of Health and Human Resources
- 24/7 toll-free hotline: 1-800-887-4304
Below you can find contact information for food pantries and other community resources.
- Food Pantries and Social Service Organizations
- Caritas House - 304-985-0021
- Empty Bowls Monongalia - 304-241-5510
- Pantry Plus More - 304-282-1123
- Milan Puskar Health Right - 304-292-8234
- Bartlett House - 304-292-0101
- Christian Help - 304-296-0221
- United Way of Mon and Preston Counties - 304-296-7525
- Financial, Domestic, Health, and Disaster Assistance
- Crisis Text Line
- Are you feeling anxious or depressed about COVID-19? Text HOME to 741741 to be contacted by a counselor. Learn more here.
- General Information
- Child Nutrition
- Visit Mountaineer Country CVB
- The Visit Mountaineer Country CVB has created a website that includes information on local restaurants that are open and offering carry-out, child nutrition options from local restaurants, and entertainment ideas during self isolation. Check out the website here.
- The Morgantown Area Partnership has set up a business resource page which provides additional guidance and options for businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This page also includes information and guidance on navigating the CARES Act and how it can help your small business. View the webpage here.
- The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved Disaster Loan Assistance to West Virginia businesses that are impacted by COVID-19. Read more here and apply here.
- The CDC has provided guidance for businesses and employers in response to COVID-19. View the webpage here.
- The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has provided information on preventing worker exposure and preparing workplaces for COVID-19. View the webpage here.
- The Laborors’ Health and Safety Fund of North America has provided recommendations on preventing construction worker exposure to COVID-19. Read more here.
City of Morgantown Response
COVID-19, aka Coronavirus, is something that the city administration is taking very seriously. In an effort to limit public interaction and large gatherings we have decided to conduct all board and commission meetings via videoconference or teleconference. In keeping with the governor’s mask mandate we also require individuals to wear a mask or face covering inside public buildings.
City officials are currently working with the Monongalia County Health Department and other local and state organizations to ensure that our community is well informed and that we are doing everything we can to protect your health and safety. For more information about COVID-19 including prevention, statistics and additional resources, please visit the Monongalia County Health Department’s COVID-19 webpage.
Additionally, the State of West Virginia has created a COVID-19 website and hotline, which can provide the public with accurate information about the virus, the state’s response, and more. The hotline is operated by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and operators are available 24/7, toll-free at 1-800-887-4304.