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Sununu issues virus update

  • New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, right, examines bedding as he tours a makeshift medical facility with N.H. Army National Guard Col. David Mikolaities, left, at a gymnasium at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, N.H., Tuesday, March 24, 2020. The facility, and others across the state, will open when there is demand for patients impacted with COVID-19. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Charles Krupa

For the Monitor
Published: 3/27/2020 4:25:11 PM

Over the last few weeks, the state has taken unprecedented action in responding to the COVID-19 outbreak. The decisions we have made are tough — but they are consistently moving in step with the escalating COVID19 crisis here in New Hampshire.

I want to first thank the citizens of New Hampshire for adapting to remote learning, limiting large gatherings and using social distancing to help prevent the spread of COVID19. These are tremendous social changes that our citizens have taken up in just the past few weeks.

This week, I issued a Stay-at-Home Order, which elevates the message that people are safer, and healthier at home.

In declaring a Stay-at-Home Order, New Hampshire aligns with our regional partners who have issued similar directives. I want to be clear, though. We are not shutting down our state, sheltering in place, or closing our borders. No state has taken such actions nor does any Governor have the authority to do so.

The Emergency Order I issued instructs Granite Staters to stay at home unless absolutely necessary. Of course, you will not be prevented from leaving your home to go on a walk or to exercise, when heading to the store to get groceries, or when going into an essential job. As you go about these necessary activities, there is no need to worry about being stopped by the police or anything of the sort. That is not the purpose of this action. This order is about asking Granite Staters to take serious steps that keep them and their neighbors safe.

Under the Stay-At-Home order, grocery and convenience stores, pharmacies, doctor’s offices and hospitals, gas stations, banks and credit unions, takeout and delivery from restaurants, state parks, and liquor stores – just to name a few – will all remain open. Even when leaving for these essential tasks and services, remember to practice safe social distancing.

To see if your business or job falls under the list of industries and services that will continue to function for the benefit of public health and safety, visit nheconomy.com.

This is not a step we take lightly. Disrupting daily life in New Hampshire should be something that is only done in the greatest of emergencies – but this is a step we must take to help suppress the viral spread and ensure the safety of our families, our friends, our neighbors, and our community.

Over the next few weeks, each of us will be asked to make sacrifices. It will not be easy. But during these unprecedented times, if there is one thing that I know remains true, it is that Granite Staters are resilient. We believe strongly in the power of community.

And it is in that spirit of New Hampshire that I know we will get through this together.




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