New Hampshire Reopening

New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu has issued universal guidelines for all New Hampshire employers and employees. The guidelines are to help ensure the safety of all Granite Staters and to reduce the impact of COVID-19 outbreaks on businesses, workers, and customers. The guidance applies to businesses and organizations deemed essential and that remained open during the initial “Stay at Home Order” and to those that are re-opening all or a portion of their operations. In addition to adhering to the general guidelines, each business should follow the specific guidance relating to the safe re-opening of their sector as outlined below.

What’s open in NH?

Attractions
Effective the week of May 18, 2020, outdoor activities located in recreational or natural settings, can begin to resume operations. This applies to small groups of 10 people or less and includes biking centers, canoe and kayak rentals, mini-golf, outdoor driving ranges, outdoor shooting ranges, small fishing charters, paint ball, outdoor guiding services (fishing, hunting, hiking), and other outdoor small group activities. All must adhere to the guidelines outlined here, which includes new business processes as well as efforts to protect employees and consumers.

*Larger group activities and tourist attractions (amusement parks, water parks, race tracks, tourist trains, boat cruises and indoor attractions), will be considered for re-opening in later phases.

Beaches
Beginning the week of June 1, 2020, all beaches on New Hampshire’s seacoast will be open for recreational use only. This includes walking, running, swimming, surfing, kayaking and paddle boarding.  The following is not permitted at this time: sand sports, sun-bathing, picnicking or any other stationary activities. People should adhere to social distancing guidelines and group size is limited to 10 peple or less.

There is no public parking along NH 1A and NH 1B except in the State Park. All state owned public parking lots are limited to 50% capacity. Resident parking only will be allowed on town roads and at beach access points along NH 1A and NH 1B. No drop offs are permitted along NH 1A or NH 1B to access the beaches.

Additional guidance pertaining to state and town properties is located here

Drive-In Movie Theaters
As of May 11, 2020, all drive-in movie theaters can resume operations but must adapt to the new business processes as well as the guidelines to protect their employees and consumers outlined here.

New Hampshire State Parks  
The majority of New Hampshire’s State Park properties are currently open, with various guidelines and restrictions in place to prevent overcrowding and to maintain safe social distancing.  Facility specifics, as well as efforts to protect employees and consumers are here.

All NH State Park Beaches along the seacoast remain closed at this time. Those include Hampton Beach State Park, Jenness Beach, North Beach, North Hampton State Beach, Rye Harbor and Wallis Sands.  

Public & Private Campgrounds
Campgrounds can open to NH residents or those with a membership. A membership is someone who has a seasonal or year round pass or rental agreement. Specific guidance relative to the facilities, check-in procedures, as well as efforts to protect employees and consumers are here.

Public & Private Golf Courses
As of May 11, 2020, golf courses can open to members and New Hampshire residents. They must adapt to new business processes as well as guidelines to protect their employees and consumers detailed here.

Restaurants
As of May 18, 2020, the food service/restaurant industry can begin expanding from the current model of take-out and curbside delivery dining to an outdoor dining model. The guidance outlining steps restaurants must take to keep employees safe, as well as what customers can expect in this phase of re-opening are detailed here.

Retail Stores
As of May 11, 2020, all retail businesses can open or re-open their facilities to workers, customers, and the public. Businesses must ensure they are following the specific business process adaptations as well as the guidelines to protect employees and consumers that can be found here

White Mountain National Forest
Most Forest campgrounds will be open by May 22 in New Hampshire. The public is strongly encouraged to check current status of campgrounds here. While most campgrounds will open, large group sites and some dispersed camping areas such as Tripoli Road will remain closed at this time.  National Forest hiking trails are open. Hikers are encouraged to practice all social distancing and COVID19 precautions recommended by public health agencies when recreating. More information can be found online here.