By: KDKA-TV News Staff
WHEELING, W. Va. (KDKA) – Monday marks the first time in a long time that West Virginia businesses are 100% busy. However, there are still some COVID-related restrictions.
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“I think it’s time we open up,” said Bob Edgell, a resident of Wheeling, of West Virginia Governor Jim Justice’s lifting of COVID-related occupancy and occupancy restrictions. He added, “It was demanding.”
It was a challenge for customers looking for a place to eat. But for some food service companies, it was crippling.
“We’ve been through this for almost a year now,” said business owner Joe Coleman.
The tables at Coleman’s Fish Market in Wheeling were almost full on Monday.
“We are busy and also wholesalers. I’m really looking forward to all of our wholesale customers as the restaurants are reopening at full capacity, ”said Coleman.
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The changes in the occupancy rules affect almost all aspects of life, from youth sports to the gym.
However, a COVID-related edict remains in place. Restaurants can pack them up, but you’ll still need to wear a mask before getting your seat.
“Masks are great,” said Jodi Adams, who runs Wheeling’s public market.
She told KDKA she was sure things will change when people go to restaurants and buy groceries, but the roadside pickup business model could stay here.
“I think people have found a new convenience in this way of shopping,” she said.
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Many of the people KDKA’s Ross Guidotti spoke to said the real key to breaking any restrictions related to COVID-19 is getting more vaccinations as well as people who continue to wear their masks.