Business Guidance Snapshot

Guidance Updates

MASK MANDATE: State wide mandate ended 4/15/2021, city/town mandates may still be in place. Masks are recommended
TRAVEL: Domestic travelers to NH are no longer required to quarantine.
VACCINATION STATUS: NH Residents 16+  can register (4/2/2021)
Concerns, Questions and Complaints Hotline:  Department of Justice, EO40issues@doj.nh.gov or 603.271.1225

UNIVERSAL GUIDANCE

GOLF COURSES (effective 4/2/2021)
  • See Addendum A in Universal Guidance.
  • Rental clubs and sharing clubs permitted.
  • Group play of more than four are permitted.
RETAIL (effective 4/2/2021) LODGING (effective 4/2/2021) UNIVERSAL GUIDANCE (effective 4/2/2021)
Universal Guidance applies to the following industries, with additional guidance to follow within the document found in Addendum A:
  • Community Arts and Music Education
  • Drive-In Movie Theatre
  • Driver’s Education
  • Funeral Homes
  • Equestrian Facilities
  • Golf Courses
  • Libraries
  • Lodging
  • Museums and Art Galleries
  • Outdoor Attractions(not amusement parks)
  • Retail
  • State Parks

AMUSEMENT PARKS (effective 3/19/2021)

  • Capacity limited to allow guests, or parties of guests, to maintain at least 6 feet from others not within their party; family members and related parties are allowed closer than 6 feet to each other.
  • Unless otherwise noted in this Addendum, all other operations in these industries may resume normal operations following the Universal Guidelines contained herein.

TOURIST TRAINS (effective 3/19/2021)

  • Daily and hourly capacity is determined to ensure 6 feet physical distancing on trains.
  • Advance reservations will have priority; general admission permissible based on availability.
  • Family members and related parties may be seated together.
  • Camps and organized groups allowed.
  • Unless otherwise noted in this Addendum, all other operations in these industries may resume normal operations following the Universal Guidelines contained herein.

PERFORMING ARTS VENUES (effective 3/19/2021)

  • Admissions limited to ensuring 6 feet from others.
  • Removed: Staggered performance, added venues will develop entrance/exit plans.
  • Removed: Lobby tables and seating should be removed.
  • Removed: Touring personnel (artists and support crew) shall limit interactions with local staff and customers.
  • Removed: Touring personnel shall be restricted to the backstage and onstage areas to the greatest extent possible. Contact with customers shall be avoided.
  • Solo artists must maintain physical distance of 8 feet apart from audience members. Group bands must physical distance at least 10 feet from audience members.
  • Removed:  Additionally, the front rows of the auditorium should be closed off so that more than 25 feet of space is maintained between the performers and the audience. Audience members should be encouraged to wear cloth face coverings or face masks even while seated during the performance.
  • Performers must not have unmasked or close physical (within 6 feet) contact with the audience members outside of the performance.
  • Performance group sizes should be limited to the number of performers that the venue can accommodate with the incorporation of mitigation measures.

RESTAURANTS/FOOD SERVICES (effective 3/11/2021)

  • Karaoke, pool, darts, and live music allowed.
  • Operate at full capacity, to the extant it can accommodate social distancing between tables.
  • Spacing of 6 feet between tables (a change from 6 feet between guests.)
  • Table can have up to 10 people.
  • Buffets are allowed; social distancing must be maintained.
  • One person from each party is allowed to wait in the waiting area.
  • Continue collecting information from each party, for purposes of contact tracing is necessary.
LODGING (effective 3/11/2021)
Guests do not need to quarantine for 10 days or get tested for Covid-19 if either of the following apply:
  • Guests are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, and at least 14 days past their second dose, or only dose (Johnson & Johnson) before arrival;
  • Guests previously testing positive for active Covid-19 infection (by PCR or antigen testing) within the last 90 days before visiting.
RETAIL (effective 3/11/2021)
  • Retail establishments may open at 100 percent capacity, in accordance with sector specific guidelines.
COSMOTOLOGY (effective 3/11/2021)
  • Reception areas open, with social distancing.
  • Walk-in appointments allowed.
DAY CAMPS (effective 3/11/2021)
Updated guidance for municipalities, private day camp providers and youth serving organizations for the summer 2021.

OVERNIGHT CAMPS (effective 3/11/2021)
Updated guidance for the summer 2021.

PLACES OF WORSHIPS (effective 3/23/2021)
  • 100%  occupancy (vs 50%) keeping 6’ distance.
  • Attendees who are not part of the same immediate household must be seated/positioned at least 6 feet apart.
TRAVEL GUIDANCE (for employers)
Residents of New Hampshire need to self-quarantine for 10 days following international travel, or travel on a cruise ship, or follow the testing protocol outlined in the Travel, Screening and Exclusion Guidance. Exceptions to quarantine requirements include:
  • Persons who are 14 days or more beyond completion of the second dose of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, or at least 14 days beyond receipt of the single-dose Janssen (Jonson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Persons who are within 90 days of a prior SARS-CoV-2 infection that was diagnosed by PCR or antigen testing (if a person had a previous infection that was more than 90 days prior, then they are still subject to quarantine).
UNIVERSAL GUIDANCE
Universal Guidance applies to the following industries, with additional guidance to follow within the document found in
Addendum A:
  • Community Arts and Music Education
  • Drive-In Movie Theatre
  • Driver’s Education
  • Funeral Homes
  • Equestrian Facilities
  • Golf Courses
  • Libraries
  • Museums and Art Galleries
  • Outdoor Attractions(not amusement parks)
  • State Parks

Guidance and Guidelines are Mandatory

All businesses and organizations operating within the State of New Hampshire are required to follow and comply with the Universal Guidelines and any industry-specific guidance that apply to them.

Governor Sununu declared a State of Emergency for the State of New Hampshire, on March 16, 2020, under Executive Order 2020-04, which has been extended seventeen times, most recently under Executive Order 2020-16. The Governor is authorized to declare a state of emergency under RSA 4:45-4:47 and issue necessary orders under those statutes and RSA 21-P, including RSA 21-P:45, which specifically authorizes the issuance of orders by the Governor.  

Emergency Order 52, which has been extended under Emergency Order 61, paragraph 1, states that “[a]ll businesses or other organizations operating within this State shall comply with the Universal Business Guidelines attached hereto as Exhibit A and any other industry-specific guidelines issued by the State of New Hampshire pursuant to or subsequent to this Order…. Attached hereto as Exhibit B.”  In accordance with RSA 21-P:47, “[i]f any person violates any order, rule, or regulation made pursuant to this subdivision, such person shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.” Further, Emergency Order 52 states, under paragraph 10, that the Division of Public Health and state and local police have the authority to enforce the Order.