NH updates reopening guidance for retail businesses, salons, bars, restaurants

Published: Mar. 11, 2021 at 5:15 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 11, 2021 at 7:39 PM EST
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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Gov. Chris Sununu on Thursday approved updated guidance to allow retail businesses to open at 100% capacity, salons and barbershops to have walk-in customers and use their waiting rooms, and bars and restaurants to hold karaoke, pool, and darts.

Sununu also approved new guidance for overnight and day camp operators that includes keeping children in small groups and more preparation for arrivals and pickups.

Also, he announced New Hampshire is lifting its mandatory quarantine for out-of-state, nonessential travel into New Hampshire.

“Things are going in a good direction,” Sununu said. “We’re not just going to rip the Band-Aid off and open everything up wide open, that would not be a very smart thing to do,” he said. “We’re just not there yet.”

Earlier Thursday, the Governor’s Economic Reopening Task Force recommended updated coronavirus-related guidance on performance arts venues, amusement parks and tourist trains.

Seating capacity at performance venues would allow at least 3 feet of distancing between associated groups, on the condition they wear masks. Audience members would not be able to face one another. Performers also would not be able to interact directly with the audience or go offstage unless a 3-foot distance could be maintained from audience members.

Game equipment, rafts, and tubes at amusement parks would have to be cleaned and disinfected between each use, and rides would have to be cleaned and disinfected at least every few hours and at the end of each shift.

On tourist trains, seating assignments would provide 6 feet of distancing within passenger cars, when possible, according to the recommended guidelines. Family members and related parties could be seated together. Passengers would be required to wear cloth face coverings, except while consuming food or drinks, unless they are in compartmentalized seating.

The task force indicated it would address updated guidance for large outdoor performing arts venues soon.

All guidance is reviewed by the state Division of Public Health Services before it goes to Sununu for his decision.

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