Severity: Critical Alert

Transportation: Officials in New Hampshire, US, to ease restrictions on businesses June 1-5. Stay-at-home order remains in place through June 15.

The locations affected by this alert are:

  • Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Hanover-Lebanon, New Hampshire
  • Nashua, New Hampshire

This alert began 01 Jun 2020 12:20 GMT and is scheduled to expire 15 Jun 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Movement restrictions
  • Location(s): New Hampshire (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Movement restrictions, significant transport and business disruptions

Summary
New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu extended orders requiring residents to remain at home except to perform essential tasks through at least June 15, while easing restrictions on some businesses and services June 1 and 5. Under the regulations, which have been put in place to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), all persons must continue to remain at home except to engage in outdoor exercise, obtain essential goods or services, visit a spouse, parent, or child, provide care for someone, or to go to and from a place of employment that is authorized to be open. Scheduled gatherings of more than ten people are prohibited.

Starting June 1, authorities will allow the reopening of personal care businesses, such as cosmetology, acupuncture, massage therapies, and body art, as well as gyms and fitness centers. Beaches will be allowed to reopen. Starting June 5, lodging businesses, including hotels and short-term rentals, will be allowed to resume operations for all New Hampshire residents and out-of-state visitors who have completed their 14-day self-quarantine process. All businesses allowed to reopen must follow specific guidelines, including enhanced sanitation measures and social distancing procedures.

Since mid-May, authorities had allowed other businesses and activities to resume operations, including barbershops and hair salons, retail stores, drive-in theaters, golf courses, nonurgent dental procedures, outdoor dining at restaurants, outdoor recreational facilities, amateur and youth sports, childcare centers, and places of worship.

Essential businesses and services, including those in public safety, food and agriculture, health care, energy, waste, transportation and logistics, public works, communications and information technology, critical manufacturing, hazardous materials, financial services, chemical, defense industrial base, and real estate sectors will remain open. This includes grocery stores, banks, and fuel stations. Nonessential businesses that remain closed may operate with their employees working from home.

Authorities continue to ask travelers entering from other US states to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in New Hampshire.

Significant transport and business disruptions are likely. Authorities will likely deploy additional security personnel to assist in enforcing the measure. Officials could amend the order in short notice, depending on the disease activity in the coming weeks.

Background and Analysis
The relaxation of some measures could accelerate in the coming weeks; however, restrictions may be reimposed or extended further should the number of COVID-19 cases increase. COVID-19 is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.

Advice
Strictly heed the instructions of authorities. Avoid all nonessential operations in areas impacted by the measures. Confirm appointments. Remain courteous and cooperative if approached and questioned by law enforcement officers.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.


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