Severity: Warning Alert

Exit/Entry: Authorities in New Hampshire, US, ease some coronavirus-related travel restrictions, maintain business restrictions as of early July.

  • Alert Begins: 07 Jul 2020 11:10 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 20 Jul 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): New Hampshire (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Transport restrictions and business disruptions

Summary
Authorities in New Hampshire have eased certain travel restrictions as part of the state's response to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) during early July. As of July 3, travelers from Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island have been allowed to enter New Hampshire without the need to self-quarantine. However, travelers from other US states must continue to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

Business restrictions, however, have remained largely the same since late June. Most businesses, facilities, and other establishments have been allowed to reopen, provided they comply with certain mandates aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19, including limits on operating capacity, enhanced sanitization procedures, and enforcement of social distancing guidelines, among other directives. Such requirements may vary by industry and type of establishment. Essential businesses and services, including grocery stores, banks, and fuel stations, as well as companies operating in public safety, food and agriculture, energy, and other critical sectors have not been subject to mandatory closures.

Residual transport and business disruptions are likely. Officials could amend the order in short notice, depending on the disease activity in the coming weeks.

Advice
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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