New Hampshire - COVID-19 Covered

New Hampshire

Total Cases: 10,238 (October 25)
Fatalities: 473 (October 25)
Testing:
  • You can fill out a COVID-19 testing request form here 

ECONOMIC RESPONSE

Essential Service Designations:

  • Governor Sununu issued emergency order 27, allowing hotels and other lodging establishments to provide accommodations for “essential health care workers, first responders, state-approved quarantining accommodations for individuals, and victims of domestic and sexual violence.” (April 6)
  • Governor Sununu’s stay-at-home order excludes groceries and convenience stores, pharmacies, doctors’ offices, hospitals, gas stations, banks, credit unions, and other essential businesses. (March 26)

Labor & Workforce Guidance, Standards and Regulations:

  • Guidance for businesses can be found here 
  • Governor Sununu announced that the states jobless will receive a $300-per-week increase in their benefits. (August 18 
  • For those unemployed due to COVID-19, New Hampshire increased the weekly minimum benefits from $32 to $168, added an additional $600 per week to individual benefits, and extended the maximum length of benefits from 13 weeks to 39 weeks. (March 30)  

Economic Stimulus & Relief:

  • Governor Sununu announced that the federal government has approved New Hampshire’s participation in a program to provide an extra $300 per week to unemployed workers. (August 25) 
  • Governor Sununu announced an additional $35 million in funding for those facing eviction or who cannot pay their past utility bills due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (July 1) 
  • Governor Sununu announced that the state would create a state fund for self-employed businesspeople. The fund, known as the Self-Employed Livelihood Fund (SELF), will be an offshoot of the Main Street Relief Fund, a $400 million pool of federal funds. (June 18) The fund will accept applications from July 6 to July 17 and distributions will be capped at $50,000 for qualifying business owners. (June 26) 
  • New Hampshire Agriculture Commissioner Shawn Jasper announced that the state would be providing $4.7 million in combined state and federal funds to dairy farmers adversely effected by the COVID 19 outbreak. (June 4) 
  • Governor Sununu issued an emergency order to authorize funding for child protection services, including domestic violence support, substance use support, the Strength to Success program, technology to support youth family services families, and the family resiliency support line during the COVID-19 outbreak. (April 1 

Business Support & Resources:

  • On March 18, Governor Sununu announced that the US Small Business Administration (SBA) approved New Hampshire’s application for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans, which will help small businesses overcome the loss of revenue due to the COVID-19 outbreak. According to the SBA, the loans offer up to $2 million in assistance for small businesses and may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. (March 18) 

SOCIAL RESTRICTIONS

Reopening:

  • New Hampshire released final guidance for the New Hampshire ski industry. (October 2) 
  • New Hampshire is easing restrictions for indoor dining in the state’s restaurants, allowing them to serve people closer together, as long as barriers are in place. (September 24) 
  • Governor Sununu signed an executive order that will extend the State of Emergency provisions for 21 more days. (September 18) 
  • Governor Sununu issued an emergency order requiring face coverings for certain scheduled gatherings of 100 or more individuals, as part of the states efforts to respond to COVID-19. (August 11) 
  • Governor Sununu lifted the state’s COVID-19 ban on reusable shopping bags at New Hampshire grocery stores. (July 26) 
  • Governor Sununu signed HB 1266 into law, making temporary modifications to the absentee voter registration, absentee ballot application, and absentee voting processes. (July 17) 
  • Some movie theaters were permitted to reopen with new social-distancing requirements on July 24. (July 7) 
  • Governor Sununu announced that those visiting New Hampshire from Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, Vermontand Rhode Island will no longer be required to quarantine for 14-days upon entering the state. (July 2) 
  • Governor Sununu issued detailed guidelines for state businesses to follow during reopening, such as instructing restaurants to require customers to wear facemasks. (June 16) 
  • A number of businesses were allowed to open on June 15 with limitations: Restaurants can open at full capacity, with tables spaced at least six feet apart. Wedding venues can open at 50 percent capacity as long as social distancing is in place. Gyms, bowling alleys, tourist trains and racetracks are also on the list to open Monday. (June 15) 
  • New Hampshire’s seacoast beaches reopened on June 1, but only for visitors who remain in motion. (June 1) 
  • State-owned parking lots were limited to 50 percent capacity(June 1 
  • Governor Sununu announced that Small group fitness classes, personal fitness training, small group youth, amateur sports practices, and personal care businesses, including acupuncture, massage therapists, and tattoo, tanning, and nail salon shops, will be allowed to reopen on June 1 as long as social distancing requirements can be maintained. (May 26) 

SCHOOL PLANNING:

K-12:

  • Governor Sununu announced guidance for how New Hampshire public schools should reopen this fall amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (July 15 

State Higher Education:

  • A list of New Hampshire universities and colleges planning to reopen in the fall can be found here. 

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