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New Hampshire Instructs “Non-Essential Businesses” to Close Operations


On March 27, 2020, Governor Chris Sununu of New Hampshire officially ordered all businesses who do not offer “essential” services to their customers to close physical in-person operations by 11:59PM of that day. All companies delivering “essential” services are instructed to gather procedures, strategies and practices to comply with the CDC guidance on social distancing. This instruction was given to help stop the spread of COVID-19 or coronavirus.

All businesses not exempt by the novel order must suspend all in-person business operations by midnight on Friday. Other “essential” businesses like gas stations, liquor stores, grocery stores, health care facilities, news media, hardware stores, restaurants, breweries and manufacturers are allowed to continue business as usual. Construction projects, including ones on “essential” businesses, are also permitted to resume.

“Beyond the essential necessities, you should not be leaving your home,” Sununu declared. “These are tough decisions. They really are. But at the end of the day, we know the worst may be ahead of us.”

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