Staying at Home in West Virginia
To prevent COVID-19 from spreading further, numerous communities and even entire states across the country have ordered their residents to stay home. West Virginians should already be taking such common-sense steps as limiting non-essential travel and maintaining social distancing. West Virginia residents should therefore be prepared to follow the rules of a “Stay-at-Home” order if one is issued for the state or the nation.
To ready West Virginians, it is important to know:
- A Stay-at-Home order is not martial law
- A Stay-at-Home order is not a lockdown
- A Stay-at-Home order does not close West Virginia roads, bridges or borders
- A Stay-at-Home order does not prevent West Virginians from leaving the state
- A Stay-at-Home order does not prevent West Virginians from returning from out-of-state
Questions and Answers about a “Stay-at-Home” order:
Q: What would a Stay-at-Home order require me to do?
A: A Stay-at-Home order would require West Virginians to remain in their homes and residences and leave only for essential services. It would be mandatory, and not merely guidance or advice.
Q: When could I leave my home? What is an “essential service?”
Essential services include going to the grocery store or gas station; picking up a prescription or receiving medical care; and getting outdoor exercise for yourself, your children and your pets. They also include working jobs to provide essential services.
Q: What would remain open as an “essential service?’
A: Businesses and services that would remain open fall under several categories. For all of these, including outdoor areas, the six-foot social distancing guideline would apply.
- Grocery stores o Convenience stores o Take-out and delivery restaurants
- Farmers markets o Food bank and food pantries
- Take-out and delivery meal services, including school-based
- Health care o Hospitals o Clinics
- Doctor’s offices and other health care provider facilities o Pharmacies
- Public Safety
- Police stations
- Fire stations
- Ambulance services
- Gas stations
- Public transit
- Laundromats, dry cleaners and laundry services
- Outdoor public spaces including parks and trails not specifically closed by prior orders.
Q: What jobs would be considered essential?
A: Jobs providing the services outlined above would be considered essential. Other essential jobs would include:
- Manufacturing or delivering materials and products needed for essential services
- Essential government services (local, state, and county) o
- Programs and services that support essential operations and functions o Hotlines or helplines, including for Medicaid, SNAP benefits, etc.
- Other critical infrastructure o
- Public utilities and related infrastructure, including home and commercial electrical and plumbing systems
- Communications infrastructure and services, including media o Garbage/sanitation
Q: What would be closed as non-essential?
A: Businesses and workplaces that do not fall under the above categories or are otherwise designated as essential would be closed. Those already closed by Executive Order include:
- Dine-in restaurants
- Bars and nightclubs
- Entertainment venues including casinos and performance halls
- Barber shops and hair and nail salons
- Gyms and fitness centers
Q: What about working from home?
A: Working from home would be encouraged wherever possible.
Q: What if I’m told to report to a job that is non-essential?
A: If you believe your business is nonessential but are still being asked to show up to work, you should discuss that with your employer.
Q: How would a Stay-at-Home order be enforced?
A: Law enforcement officials would not stop residents on their way to or from work or from obtaining essential services as outlined above, including recreation. People gathering in any size group would be asked to social distance or go home. The West Virginia National Guard would not be involved in enforcing any Stay-at-Home order.
Q: How would a Stay-at-Home order affect travel and transportation?
A: West Virginia should drive themselves when possible or walk. Public transportation and ridesharing would be for essential travel only. The same goes for air travel. Roads, bridges and borders would remain open.
Q: Would I still be allowed to visit family and friends?
A: Visits to other homes and residences would be limited to caring for the elderly, minors, dependents, people with disabilities, and other vulnerable persons. In such circumstances, visitors should minimize interactions as much as possible.
Q: What help would there be for residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities?
A: Services for residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities would be considered essential and continue under a Stay-at-Home order. The Bureau for Medical Services could provide additional information: (304) 558-1700.
Q: What if my home is not a safe environment?
A: Anyone who would not be safe in their residence while under a Stay-at-Home order should consider planning now to find an alternative safe place. The West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence can help. Visit http://wvcadv.org or contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline: (800) 799-SAFE (7233).
Q: What about people who are homeless?
A: State, county and local government agencies and officials will partner with W.Va. Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (WV VOAD) and other community organizations to ensure safe shelter for our homeless population.
Easy Rider urges you to only ride our buses if you need essential business services or work at a business that provides an essential service.
Help us, help you stay safe.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic that the world is dealing with at this time, the regular meeting of the Mid-Ohio Valley Transit Authority Board of Directors scheduled for Tuesday, March 24, 2020, has been cancelled.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our office at 304-422-4100.
Due to the current circumstances involving COVID-19, we are recommending that our passengers postpone all non-essential travel. We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause and thank you for your cooperation in advance.
Terminal Passenger Lounge
For more than 40 years, Mid-Ohio Valley Transit Authority has operated by a set of core values established by the founder of this authority. These enduring values will guide us as we face the difficult challenges of responding to the coronavirus (COVID-19), which the World Health Organization declared a pandemic on Wednesday.
Our hearts and thoughts go out to the people who have been affected by this unprecedented event, and we appreciate the healthcare workers, local communities and governments around the world who are on the front line working to contain this coronavirus. Please know that we are vigilantly monitoring the COVID-19 situation around the clock and have precautions in place to ensure a healthy trip for our customers.
As part of the precautions being put into place, we will be increasing the number of cleanings on our buses. Our staff members are working to ensure that we meet the latest guidance from the CDC and WHO on hygiene and cleaning of our buses and buildings.
As of the close of business today March 13, 2020, the authority will be closing the passenger lounge to ensure the safety and health of our customers and staff.
We recognize that these are unsettling times and whether you are using our system now or in the future, we want you to know that your safety and well being is our top priority.
Robert J Tanner
Safety Officer, Mid-Ohio Valley Transit Authority
March 9, 2020
The Mid-Ohio Valley Transit Authority is seeking sealed bids to buy Ford F-550 Cut Away
Buses at 520 Juliana Street, Parkersburg, WV 26101. The bids will be publicly opened at 1:30
Pm April 10, 2020 and read at the main facility as stated above. Requests for bid packet should
be made to: firstname.lastname@example.org, with “Request for Bus Bid RFP# 20-366” in the subject
line, or mailed to the above address with the same request information printed on the envelope.
March 6, 2020
A MEETING OF THE MID-OHIO VALLEY TRANSIT AUTHORITY (MOVTA) BOARD OF DIRECTORS WILL BE HELD TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2020, AT 6:15 P.M. IN THE MOVTA CONFERENCE ROOM LOCATED AT 520 JULIANA STREET, PARKERSBURG, WV. ALL MEETING ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
February 20, 2020
A MEETING OF THE MID-OHIO VALLEY TRANSIT AUTHORITY (MOVTA) BOARD OF DIRECTORS WILL BE HELD TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2020, AT 6:15 P.M. IN THE MOVTA CONFERENCE ROOM LOCATED AT 520 JULIANA STREET, PARKERSBURG, WV. ALL MEETING ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
JANUARY 17, 2020
THE MID-OHIO VALLEY TRANSIT AUTHORITY IS SEEKING SEALED BIDS TO BUY 1 – FOUR COLUMN HEAVY DUTY MOBILE LIFT SYSTEM AT 520 JULIANA STREET, PARKERSBURG, WV 26101. THE BIDS WILL BE PUBLICLY OPENED MARCH 6, 2020 AT 2:00 PM EST AND READ AT THE MAIN FACILITY AS STATED ABOVE.
REQUESTS FOR BID PACKET SHOULD BE MADE TO: email@example.com WITH “REQUEST FOR HEAVY DUTY MOBILE COLUMN LIFT SYSTEM BID RFP 20-296” IN THE SUBJECT LINE, OR MAILED TO THE ABOVE
ADDRESS WITH THE SAME REQUEST INFORMATION PRINTED ON THE ENVELOPE TO THE ATTENTION OF:
BRIAN B SCHROEDER.
A MEETING OF THE MID-OHIO VALLEY TRANSIT AUTHORITY (MOVTA) BOARD OF DIRECTORS WILL BE HELD TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2020, AT 6:15 P.M. IN THE MOVTA CONFERENCE ROOM LOCATED AT 520 JULIANA STREET, PARKERSBURG, WV. ALL MEETING ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
Toys for the Needy
Easy Rider, in partnership with the Marine Corp League #1087, will once again be helping collect toys for the needy. Please bring an unwrapped toy and place it in our barrel. This Christmas you can be Santa to a child who may not otherwise have one. Please Give and thank you for all your support.