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Summer Festivals, Outdoor Events Energize W. Va. Residents As Covid Restrictions End


The last of West Virginia’s COVID-19 restrictions are gone. Masks are no longer required in public spaces. That’s just one more step to things looking more normal in the Charleston area. 

Last Sunday, people gathered in the shaded lawn of the state’s capitol on West Virginia Day. Gov. Jim Justice recounted the hardships faced and strides made during the pandemic. 

“A year and 100 days to the day, we have been struggling and fighting this terrible killer,” Justice said. “You had to step up, and you brought us through this.” 

Nick Quinn, 42, was in the crowd with his 3-year-old granddaughter in her stroller. Quinn remembered his own struggles over the past year and a half. 

“I went six weeks without seeing my granddaughter, and I got her out today. So we’re just excited that we can be out and see people’s faces again,” Quinn said. 

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