Governor Jim Justice announced Monday that all fairs and festivals and similar events will be allowed to resume, beginning Saturday, May 1, 2021.\r\n\r\n\u201cThese events are part of the fabric of our state,\u201d Justice said. \u201cWe want them to go on. \r\n\r\n\u201cI expect all these events to continue following all safety guidelines in order to keep West Virginians safe if they choose to attend these events.\u201d\r\n\r\nJustice added that updated safety guidelines will be issued later this week on the\u00a0West Virginia Strong \u2013 The Comeback\u00a0page of the Governor\u2019s website.\u00a0\r\n\r\n\u201cUnless there\u2019s a real backslide with our numbers, we plan to have all of our fairs and festivals as we try to get back to some level of normalcy,\u201d Justice said.\r\n\r\nVaccine Update\r\n\r\nWest Virginians, who are age 65 and older, will continue to be prioritized first until all state residents in that age range who desire to receive the vaccine have been vaccinated.\r\n\r\n\u201cAt the same time, we have got to get more and more West Virginians vaccinated, and now is our time,\u201d Justice said. \u201cLet\u2019s go, West Virginia. Let\u2019s get everyone in the state vaccinated. That\u2019s our goal.\u201d\r\n\r\nJustice went on to encourage all West Virginians, age 16 and older, who wish to be vaccinated to pre-register at vaccinate.wv.gov or by calling the COVID-19 Vaccine Info Line at\u00a01-833-734-0965.