COVID update: Hotels, houses of worship, day camps to open with restrictions

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  • House Speaker Steve Shurtleff stands with journalists and dignitaries after the state of New Hampshire received a shipment of masks at a ceremony Friday morning at the State Police warehouse on Hazen Drive in Concord. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 5/29/2020 7:51:08 AM

Hotels and lodging sites can begin to open next week as can houses of worship, day camps and driver’s education training, Gov. Sununu announced Friday.

The openings will take place with a number of provisos, many of them detailed online at www.covidguidance.nh.gov. Those announced Friday include:

■Churches, synagogues and other houses of worship will be limited to 40% capacity with social-distancing guidelines in place.

■Hotels and lodgings can open as of Friday, June 5. Those with more than 20 rooms are limited to 50% capacity unless there are separate entrances to each room, rather than a central lobby where people might congregate. Those with 20 or fewer rooms can rent to full capacity “knowing that the economics wouldn’t work for limiting them,” Sununu said during a Friday press conference.

Sununu said hotels can begin to take reservations now for in-state residents and for out-of-state residents who “self attest” they have fulfilled the 14-day quarantine involved with coming to New Hampshire.

■Day camps, in which children go home each evening, can open as of June 22. Overnight camps are slated to open June 28 but Sununu cautioned that details are still being worked out because of much greater complications with logistics.

“The benefit of day camps is the vast majority of campers are from New Hampshire, from the community,” he said. Overnight camps are much more likely to have out-of-state campers, and out-of-state residents are told to isolate themselves for two weeks before exposing themselves to others here.

■Sununu said that behind-the-wheel driver’s education training can resume next week.

Sununu also extended the guidelines called Stay-at-Home 2.0 for two more weeks through June 15, with hopes that restrictions can be further loosened.

“We’re not going to be 100% in two weeks,” he said, noting that the number of new cases has not fallen enough, with more than 100 new cases reported in each of the past two days as well as a total of 15 more deaths.




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