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NH COVID-19 Stay-At-Home Order Questions & Answers

May 1: Governor Sununu issued Stay At Home Order 2.0 regarding the resumption of all or part of operations for some businesses including universal guidelines for barbershops and hair salons, campgrounds, drive-in theaters, golf courses, hospitals and healthcare services, manufacturing, restaurants, retail establishments and state parks.  View details on the State of NH website here.

March 26: Governor Sununu issued a statewide Stay At Home Order Thursday, March 26th, that took affect Friday, March 27th at 11:59 P.M. The order requires that NH organizations that do not provide essential services close and cease in-person operations, that NH businesses providing essential services practice social distancing protocols, and that NH citizens stay at home or in their place of residence except for permitted activities. View the full Executive Order.

CDC Guidance: COVID-19 Daily Life and Coping


When does the order end?

The order will now remain in effect until June 28th except for business activities identified in the order which are allowed with restrictions.

Is this mandatory or a recommendation?

This order is mandatory. For the safety of all citizens, people are to stay home and prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

What are permitted activities?

  • getting fresh air or exercise while observing social distancing
  • outdoor recreation while observing social distancing
  • running essential errands (groceries, pharmacy, laundromat and other essential needs)
  • visiting a spouse, parent or child
  • providing care for another person
  • going to the gas station
  • picking up take-out food
  • receiving deliveries
  • receiving essential medical care
  • employment for employees of businesses providing essential services or businesses to whom the order does not apply
  • working remotely for a business that does not provide essential services.

What is an essential business?

The State of NH has compiled a list of industry sectors that provide essential services and support to COVID-19 and the core missions of the State. Entities that fall under this guidance shall continue to operate with necessary staff to complete critical and essential functions.  View the list of essential services in detail.  

In summary, essential businesses include: law enforcement, public safety, first responders, food & agriculture, healthcare, public health, human services, electricity, petroleum, natural & propane gas, steam, waste & wastewater, transportation & logistics, public works, communications, information technology, community-based essential functions, manufacturing, hazardous materials, financial services, chemical, and defense industrial base.  *There are restrictions within these categories.  View the list in detail

What businesses are exempt from this order?

The order does not apply to NH K-12 schools, state government, local and county schools, local and county legislative bodies, the General Court or the Judicial Branch.  It also does not apply to any church, synagogue, mosque or other house of worship provided that those organizations comply with emergency order #16 which limits gatherings to a maximum of 10 people.

Will grocery stores and pharmacies be open?

Yes, grocery stores and pharmacies are essential services.

Can I still order take out/delivery from restaurants?

Yes, restaurants can continue to provide takeout and delivery, but should be closed to dine-in patrons.

Can I still get deliveries? 

Yes, you can still order and receive packages, get groceries delivered and get meals delivered.

Will public transportation, ride-sharing and taxis continue?

Public transportation, ride-sharing and taxis will remain available, but should only be used for essential travel.

Will roads in NH be closed?

No, the roads will remain open to support travel necessary to support essential purposes and permitted activities.

Can I walk my dog or go to the veterinarian?

You are allowed to walk your dog and seek medical care and supplies for your pet should they require it.  Pet stores and veterinary providers may remain open.  Practice social distancing while out on walks, maintaining at least 6 feet from other people and pets.

Can I go to the hair salon, spa, nail salon, tattoo parlor or barber shop?

These services were prohibited in the first Stay At Home order, but some businesses are now allowed to open with restrictions.

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