CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – West Virginia Governor Jim Justice says the Hatfield McCoy trail system will be opened Thursday, May 21 prior to Memorial Day weekend.
“We know how important the Hatfield-McCoy Trails to us, economically, in the southern part of the state,” Justice says. “I am happy about reopening the trails but I am also concerned. There’s going to be limitations and we’re going to enforce the limitations as best as we possibly can.”
He says the following guidelines will be enforced on the trails:
- Riders are encouraged to wear face masks or face shields while stopped. All riders are required by law to wear a helmet while riding.
- Riders are encouraged to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms according to the CDC guidelines.
- The state is asking riders to take their temperatures prior to arrival. Anyone with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher will not be permitted to enter the trails.
- Visitors exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 must leave the trails immediately and must seek care and/or COVID-19 testing.
- Congregating on trails is prohibited.
- Visitors are required to follow social distancing guidelines, remaining six feet apart where practical and safe to do so.
- Riders are discouraged from sharing a UTV, ATV or Off-Road dirt bike with anyone outside their immediate group.
- The state also discourages riders from sharing safety equipment or masks.
All public buildings and public restrooms along the trail system will remain closed until further notice.
The governor says the state will continue to monitor to make certain the trails remain safe. Additional guidance will be made available on the governor’s website.
“Anyone who’s coming to our trails from out-of-state, we expect you to respect us,” Justice says. “We want you to protect yourself but we need to protect ourselves. We will watch this like a hawk.”
“We cannot stay closed forever. We’ve got to try to reopen. We’ve got to someway, somehow try to live with this disease. We’re going to be ready to take over if things take a turn for the worse. But we’ve got to recognize that we’ve got to move forward,” Justice says.
Justice also says he’s proud of West Virginians as numbers across the state continue to remain low, with the number of recoveries in the state higher than the active cases. He says 3.3% of the population has been tested for COVID-19. This morning the WV DHHR confirmed the state has received 59,436 lab results.