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NH summer camps get zoning protections

Gov. Chris Sununu
Gov. Chris Sununu
Published: Aug. 6, 2020 at 11:40 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 6, 2020 at 3:53 PM EDT
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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Gov. Chris Sununu’s latest emergency order targets summer camps. New Hampshire summer camps that temporarily shut down or limited operations because of the coronavirus won’t have to fear permanent closure for running afoul of zoning ordinances.

Sununu issued an emergency order Thursday that affects camps that pre-date their local zoning ordinances and are allowed to operate as “pre-existing nonconforming uses.” In many towns and cities, however, properties can lose that status if they are closed for 12 months.

Sununu’s order prevents municipalities from discontinuing a camp’s status if it closed, shortened its season or opened at reduced capacity because of the virus. He said the order would protect camps from uncertainty, expensive litigation and potential closure.

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MASK MANDATE

Another New Hampshire community has passed an emergency ordinance requiring residents to wear face coverings or face fines starting at $50.

The ordinance passed Wednesday night by the Town Council in Newmarket applies to employees at businesses and members of the public. Children under 5 are not required to wear masks, nor are people advised not to wear them for health-related reasons.

Similar to an ordinance passed earlier this week in nearby Durham, the measure stands for 60 days and can be renewed.

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THE NUMBERS

As of Wednesday, 6,791 people had tested positive for the virus in New Hampshire, an increase of 27 from the previous day. The number of deaths stood at 418. The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases decreased over the past two weeks, from 26 new cases per day on July 21 to 23 new cases per day on Aug. 4.

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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