Hatfield-McCoy Trails To Reopen Later This Month
As the state continues to move forward in its reopening plan, Gov. Jim Justice announced the Hatfield-McCoy Trails in southern West Virginia will reopen later this month.
In his daily virtual press briefing Justice said the multi-county trail system popular with off-road vehicles, will reopen Thursday, May 21.
As a part of the announcement, Justice outlined specific guidelines for reopening, including requiring those using the trails will have to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms and wear masks. He said although he had reservations about the decision, the state had to move forward.
“We cannot stay closed forever,” he said. “We have got to try to reopen as we go forward. We have got to somehow learn to live with this pandemic, this disease, as we go forward.”
The trail system draws thousands of out-of-state tourists to southern West Virginia and contributes millions to the state’s economy each year.
Additionally Justice said Monday, May 11, will mark week three of the reopening plan. Drive-in movie theaters and wellness centers that operate with licensed health care providers may reopen at that time.
Officials also said data specific to West Virginia’s African American community will be posted on the state’s dashboard by 5 p.m. this evening. Data has shown people of color are more susceptible to the coronavirus.