Despite the still active stay at home order, Governor Sununu announced today that there will be certain sectors of the state that will be allowed to service the communities in a larger capacity.  Sununu said that these businesses are not required to open but should they want to, there have been guidelines put together by a large task force with safety being the first priority.

Beginning now, hospitals will be able to schedule time sensitive procedures and surgeries.  The types of procedures mentioned during the conference were MRI’s, CT Scans, knee and hip replacements for chronic pain and biopsies.   Please reach out to your provider for more information.

Campgrounds can open immediately and only for New Hampshire residents and members of private campgrounds.  There will be additional physical distancing restrictions in place.

Interior state parks can remain open and health and safety guidelines can be found online.  However the governor is keeping beaches closed due to their close proximity to Massachusetts and the chance of spreading the virus through out of state visitors.

Manufacturing is still considered an essential industry and no additional restrictions were mentioned during the conference however, the state will continue to provide guidance for safety.

On May 11th, the state of New Hampshire will provide guidance to allow golf courses to open in a limited capacity.  Like campgrounds, golf courses will only be opened to New Hampshire residence and with restrictions.  Golfing itself won’t look any different but there won’t be any clubhouses open and food and beverage service will have its own restrictions.

Also beginning the 11th, barber shops and salons will be allowed to resume operations with strict guidelines surrounding the number of occupants allowed in the building, appointments will be available by reservation only for simple cuts and coloring.  Face coverings will be required for the client and stylist.

Drive-in movie theaters will also be allowed to open beginning the 11th.  There will be guidelines for proper social distancing, no congregating in the bathrooms, or other areas and like golf, food and beverage will have its own set of rules to follow.

Last thing we can expect to see reopening is retail establishments on the 11th.  Face coverings will be required for employees.  Strict sanitation guidelines have been put forth.  Social distancing practices will also be required.

May 18th will bring us the opening of outdoor seating for restaurants.  The outdoor fresh air seating will be a safer step for restaurants and New Hampshire residents should people traveling from other states be patronizing the restaurants.  The governor saw it as a way to ease into the reopening of this category and hopes that cities and towns will go easy on their own restrictions so that restaurants can get creative about where to seat guests outside.  Tables must be 6 feet apart, there can be no more than 6 in a party, face coverings must be worn by servers and restaurants need to follow all DPH and NHRLA regulations.

For more information on the above and the detailed guidelines in place until May 31st, please visit NH.gov.