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NH bike week on for August, but vendors banned

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Published: Jul. 16, 2020 at 10:19 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 16, 2020 at 10:20 AM EDT
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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Laconia Motorcycle Week, one of a few big events in New Hampshire that hasn’t been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, is taking on a different look this year.

The event, traditionally held in June, was postponed until Aug. 22-30.

The City Council this week voted to ban vendor booths, with the exception of ones for the Motorcycle Week Association and some nonprofits, the Laconia Daily Sun reported.

“We’re moving ahead,” Charlie St. Clair, executive director of the Motorcycle Week Association said after the vote. “Thinks will look different,” he conceded. “But people (who rely on the event) will be thrilled they will be able to move on.”

Other coronavirus-related developments in New Hampshire:

UNEMPLOYMENT

More than 2,500 initial unemployment claims were filed in New Hampshire last week, down by more than 3,000 from the previous week, the U.S. Department of Labor reported Thursday.

The latest number covers new claims through July 11. The number of new claims in a week peaked at 39,000 in early April and has since been declining.

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THE NUMBERS

As of Wednesday, 6,113 people had tested positive for the virus in New Hampshire, an increase of 24 from the previous day. Two new deaths were announced, bringing the total to 394. The number of infections is thought to be far higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected with the virus without feeling sick.

For most people, the virus causes mild or moderate symptoms. For some, especially older adults and the infirm, it can cause more severe illness and can lead to death.

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