Most following guidelines

WHEELING — More than a week after Gov. Jim Justice signed an executive order requiring face masks be worn inside offices, businesses and indoor public places, most people seem to be following the mask order at indoor areas of Oglebay Park.

Rod Haley, executive vice president of Wheeling Park Commission, said while most visitors to the indoor areas of the park facilities are following the mandate, it’s not a requirement if people can still safely social distance at more than the six-foot recommendation.

“All of our employees are wearing them, that’s our rules and regulations,” Haley explained.

He said the employees are required to wear them in all indoor locations and outside when they come in contact with guests.

Employees working at Schenk Lake’s boathouse were all spotted wearing their masks as they waited on customers and as they cleaned paddle boats and kayaks tied up at the dock.

Haley said for the most part, park officials have not had any issues with guests wearing masks or social distancing. He said the majority of guests have been wearing them in areas like the lodge lobby.

“One of the things that we are very fortunate about at the park is the vast grounds and you can easily socially distance. You can come out and enjoy the walking trails. You can enjoy just sitting and having a picnic,” Haley explained. “We had the fireworks on the July 3 and I would say we had as close to a normal crowd as we normally have but what is really interesting is the areas that you’re used to seeing full of people weren’t full of people — they were really spread out and sitting in places I’ve never seen them sitting before.”

A Pennsylvania resident, who would only identify herself as Missy, said she thinks it is extremely important for people to follow the mask mandates and it’s comforting to see how many people are following the new mandates, as she exited the front entrance area of the lodge wearing a mask.


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