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Sununu issues ‘stay-at-home’ order through May 4

  • Governor Chris Sununu. FILE PHOTO

Published: 3/26/2020 4:20:33 PM

Gov. Chris Sununu will issue a stay-at-home order for New Hampshire, telling all “non-essential businesses” to end in-person business starting midnight Friday, March 27. All state beaches will also be closed then. 

“This is not a shelter-in-place order. We are not closing borders, transportation; no one will be prevented from leaving their home,” Sununu said in a press conference Thursday, describing the order as a formalization of current suggestions. “Stay at home unless absolutely necessary. Many in New Hampshire have … done a commendable job in practicing social distancing.”

“We are not calling out the National Guard to force people into their homes,” he said. “You can walk, go to the store, go to work – but beyond essential necessities, stay at home.” 

The stay-at-home order will last through May 4. Sununu extended the remote-learning order which closed schools until May 4, as well.

New Hampshire is the last state in the Northeast to adopt a formal stay-at-home order. “This will align with our regional partners. New Hampshire and Massachusetts are closely intertwined,” Sununu said.

The list of essential businesses, Sununu said, includes health care facilities, day-care centers, gas stations, grocery and convenience stores and hardware stores, homeless shelters, and “restaurants and breweries,” as well as other businesses.

“There’s a lot of flexibility here,” Sununu said. The New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs will be maintaining the list and can answer questions, he said. 

Sununu and other officials also announced an emergency day-care system, supported and overseen in part by the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation plus $4 million in federal funding, to provide daycare for employees who are deemed essential.

Employees who need child care can call 855-393-1731 to find out more. 

“These are tough decisions, but at the end of the day we know the worst may still be ahead of us,” Sununu said. “With the anticipated surge in hospitalizations, now is the time to take these … steps. 

“These are unprecedented times,” he said.

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