Justice will not lift the state's mask mandate any time soon.

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

CHARLESTON, W. Va. (KDKA) – West Virginia Governor Jim Justice has said that he has no plans to lift the state’s mask mandate.

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The decision by Gov. Justice comes after Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced earlier in the week that he would be lifting the mask mandate and reopening the state.

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Justice reiterated that he is continuing to follow the advice of medical experts when it comes to the pandemic in West Virginia.

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He added that he doesn’t know what the big rush to lift mask mandates is and that masks have saved a lot of lives during the COVID-19 pandemic.