Severity: Critical Alert

Transportation: New Hampshire, US, modifies and extends business and movement restrictions to at least 0001 May 31. Stay-at-home order remains in effect.

The locations affected by this alert are:

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

This alert began 04 May 2020 17:16 GMT and is scheduled to expire 01 Jun 2020 10:59 GMT.

  • Event: Movement Restrictions
  • Location(s): New Hampshire (map)
  • Time Frame: Through at least 0001 May 31
  • Impact: Movement restrictions, significant transport and business disruptions

Summary
Officials in the state of New Hampshire have modified and extended the emergency measures ordered to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to 0001 May 31. Under the regulations, 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 10 or more people are prohibited.

The order authorizes certain companies and organizations in the public safety, food and agriculture, health care, energy, waste, transportation and logistics, public works, communications and information technology, manufacturing, hazardous materials, financial services, chemical, defense industrial base, and real estate sectors to remain open. This includes grocery stores, banks, and fuel stations. Nonessential retail operations are also permitted to open, but they may only operate on a curbside pick-up or delivery basis to fulfill orders taken remotely, and they are prohibited from engaging in onsite cash transactions. All other businesses must remain closed.

The regulations also extend an earlier order that all lodging providers such as hotels provide accommodations exclusively to vulnerable populations, defined as children in emergency placements, persons who are victims of or at risk of domestic violence, homeless individuals, New Hampshire residents who are self-isolating or self-quarantining, individuals receiving long-term medical care and their families, individuals needing accommodation due to circumstances such as fires, and individuals unable to leave the state due to flight cancellations, border closures, or other constraints on travel.

All employers who continue operating under the order must screen their employees for illness upon their arrival at work and document their temperature. Companies are required to implement additional public-health protocols depending on the sector in which they operate.

Significant transport and business disruptions are likely. Authorities will almost certainly 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 measures taken by New Hampshire authorities are similar to actions adopted by other governments in the US and globally in recent weeks in response to the spread of COVID-19. 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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