Sununu: State Seacoast beaches to open June 1 to active recreation
Ocean Boulevard to be shut down to vehicles through Labor Day
WELL, THANK YOU COMMISSIONER VERY MUCH. WE HAVE A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT. IN AREAS, WE DO WANT TO TOUCH UPON SOME THINGS THAT WE’RE GOING T BE FLEXING OPEN AND SOME THINGS THAT WE ARE JUST KIND OF EXPANDING AN ANNOUNCEMENT ON AS WE TAKE ADDITIONAL STEPS AND CLARIFICATION. THE FIRST AREA I WANT TO TALK ABOUT IS CHILDCARE. SO THERE WERE A LOT OF QUESTIONS GIVEN THE NEW CHILDCARE GUIDANCE THAT HAD COME OUT I BELIEVE EARLIER THIS WEEK IN TERMS OF THE POTENTIAL CONFLICTS ARE OR SOME OF THE CHANGES THAT HAD GONE ON WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT CHILD CARE IS AVAILABLE, ESPECIALLY FOR OUR FIRST RESPONDERS AND THOSE WE WANT TO GET OUR HAVE THE AVAILABILITY TO BE BACK INTO THE WORKFORCE AND WE WANT TO MAKE IT FLEXIBLE FOR FOLKS WHILE ALSO MAINTAINING A SOLID SENSE OF PUBLIC SAFETY FOR BOTH THE EMPLOYEES AS WELL AS THE CHILDREN. SO WHEN W FIRST BEGIN THE PROCESS WE KNEW THAT THERE’D BE SOME AREAS WHERE THERE WOULD BE CHANGES THAT WOULD HAVE TO BE MADE AND OBVIOUSLY WE LISTENED TO FOLKS I THINK OVER THE LAST COUPLE DAYS. WE HAD A LOT OF DIRECT INPUT FROM CHILDCARE PROVIDERS THEMSELVES PEOPLE THAT OWN THE FACILITIES PARENTS A LOT OF STAKEHOLDER INPUT AND I REALLY WANT TO COMMEND HOW THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AND THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AS WELL REALLY TAKING A COMBINED EFFORT IN TERMS OF MAKING SURE THAT THE NEW GUIDANCE IS RELEASED ITS ON AVAILABLE ON THE WEBSITE NOW AND SIMPLY PROVIDES A LITTLE MORE FLEXIBILITY FOR THE INSTRUCTORS IN TERMS OF MASK WEARING A LITTLE MORE FLEXIBILITY IN TERMS OF MAKING SURE THAT THE KIDS ARE IN GROUPS OF LESS THAN 10 BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT THAT’S SAFER BUT ALLOWING SOME FLEXIBILITY THERE IN TERMS OF HOW THOSE GROUPS ARE MANAGED OFFSETTING EATING TIMES AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE. SO WE JUST WANT TO THANK EVERYONE FOR BEING I THINK A VERY STRONG PART OF THAT PROCESS. WE ALSO KNOW THAT THE CRISIS HAS BEEN HARD ON KIDS IN OTHER WAYS AND THEY’VE HAD TO FOREGO IN PERSON SCHOOL WITH REMOTE LEARNING OFTEN PLAY DATES AND AND THE BIRTHDAYS THE THE BIRTHDAY PARTIES AND I’M STILL WRITING MY BIRTHDAY CARD. SO IF ANYONE IS INTERESTED THEY CAN STILL ASK FOR THE FOR THE BIRTHDAY CARD ONLINE BUT SPORTS AND SPORTS PRACTICES. WELL A LOT OF YOUTH ATHLETICS ARE AMATEUR ATHLETICS AND IT’S BEEN REALLY AFFECTED ACROSS THE STATE ESPECIALLY IN SPRING TIME WHEN A LOT OF THESE SPORTS OPPORTUNITIES REALLY START OPENING UP AGAIN FOR KIDS. SO TOD TO OFFER. FIRST GUIDANCE TO ALLOW FOR SMALL GROUP YOUTH AND AMATEUR SPORTS PRACTICES TRAININGS AND OTHER SESSIONS TO RESUME STARTING IMMEDIATELY AND UNDER THESE FIRST STEPS NON-CONTACT PRACTICES AND TRAINING SESSIONS CAN RESUME IN SMALL GROUPS PROVIDING THAT EVERYONE IS MAINTAINING GOOD SOCIAL DISTANCING. WE’VE PUT FORWARD FORWARD GUIDANCE FOR PARENTS PLAYERS AND COACHES ON OUR WEBSITE @ NH DOT GOV AND AGAIN WHERE YOU CAN CLICK ON THE STAY-AT-HOME 2.0 BUTTON TO GET ACCESS TO THOSE GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS. ARE WE WANT TO ALL THAT TO MOVE FORWARD IN A EVEN REASONABLE MANNER IT MAY MEAN MORE PRACTICES WITH LESS AMOUNTS OF KIDS TO ENSURE THAT SOCIAL DISTANCING AND A NON-CONTACT WAY, BUT THERE’S A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT OPPORTUNITIES IN THERE THAT WE THINK THAT THAT GUIDANCE DOES ALLOW FOR AND AT LEAST GET THE PROCESS ROLLING FOR FOR THOSE YOUTH SPORTS AND AMATEUR TEAMS THE NEXT AREAS THAT WE’RE ANNOUNCING TO BE ABLE TO BE OPEN IN A WHAT I THINK IS A VERY SMART PHASE DATA-DRIVEN APPROACH BEGINNING ON MONDAY, JUNE 1ST. SO THE NEXT THINGS WE’RE TALKING ABOUT REALLY REVOLVE AROUND AN OPENING DATE OF MONDAY, JUNE 1ST. THAT’S WHERE WE’RE ANNOUNCING IT TODAY BECAUSE WE WANT SOME OF THESE BUSINESSES TO BE ABLE TO RE STAFF UP GET THEIR PRODUCTS OR SUPPLIES, WHATEVER IT MIGHT NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY KIND OF REALLY CAN HIT THE GROUND RUNNING UNDER THESE NEW GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS. AND OBVIOUSLY WE’D LIKE TO THANK THE GOVERNOR’S REOPENING TASK FORCE WHO UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED ALL OF THESE GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS THE TEAM AT PUBLIC HEALTH, DR. CHEN AND HIS TEAM WHO WORKED DILIGENTLY SOMETIMES ALL HOURS OF THE DAY RIGHT UP UNTIL TODAY ON SOME OF THESE GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS. JUST MAKING SURE THAT WE A GETTING IT RIGHT FOR OUR CITIZENS. THE DECISIONS AREN’T GOING TO MAKE EVERYONE HAPPY PER SE AND THAT MAYBE THE GUIDANCE WORKS FOR CERTAIN BUSINESSES, AND MAYBE THEY DON’T AND WE TRIED TO REALLY MAKE IT ACCOMMODATING FOR AS MANY OF THE BUSINESSES AS WE COULD. WE REALLY HAD A STAKEHOLDER DRIVEN PROCESS AND WE CONTINUE TO DO SO WE TAKE THAT ROLE VERY SERIOUSLY HERE. SO WE DO APOLOGIZE FOR SOME FOLKS IF THESE GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS DON’T WORK FOR EVERYBODY AND WE’RE GOING TO KEEP LISTENING TO INDIVIDUAL SEEING HOW WE CAN EXPAND THE OPPORTUNITIES, BUT ALSO REALIZING THAT YOU KNOW, WE DO HAVE STILL A LOT OF CASES OF COVID HERE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE. WE HAVE A SIGNIFICANT ISSUE WITH OUR FRIENDS TO THE SOUTH IN MASSACHUSETTS, WHICH ARE STILL A VERY SIGNIFICANT HOT SPOT FOR THE ENTIRE COUNTRY. JUST A FEW MILES SOUTH OF OUR BORDER. SO ALL THOSE ARE VERY IMPORTANT VARIABLES THAT COME INTO PLAY WHEN WE SET THESE GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS UP. SO FIRST WE WE ARE CLASSIFYING A SMALL GROUP FITNESS CLASSES AND PERSONAL ONE-ON-ONE TRAINING STARTING ON JUNE 1ST FITNESS CENTERS MAY OPEN TO SMALL GROUP FITNESS LIKE YOGA ZUMBA. CLASSES KARATE OR OTHER ORGANIZE SMALL GROUP CLASSES ONLY WHERE SOCIAL DISTANCING CAN BE ALLOWED AND AN APPROPRIATELY PROVIDED FOR BUT WITH DISTANCES BETWEEN 8 AND 10 FEET BETWEEN A VIGIL. SO THIS IS REALLY THOSE FITNESS CLASSES THAT WE’VE HEARD A LOT ABOUT THAT CAN PROVIDE A STRUCTURED ATMOSPHERE CAN PROVIDE A LOT OF THE SANITARY AND HYGIENE GUIDELINES THAT COME AS PART OF THIS PROCESS. THE GUIDANCE DOES NOT ALLOW FOR GENERAL USE OF GYM EQUIPMENT OUTSIDE OF A CLASS SETTING WE SIMPLY NOT THERE RIGHT NOW IN WHICH EACH PIECE OF EQUIPMENT MAY BE THOROUGHLY CLEANED AFTER EACH INDIVIDUAL USE AGAIN. WE’RE NOT THERE IN TERMS OF THE GENERAL USE OF GYM EQUIPMENT. HOPEFULLY WE CAN GET THERE AND THE NEXT FEW WEEKS, BUT AS DR. CHAN ALWAYS SAYS AND I THINK HE’S ABSOLUTELY RIGHT IN THAT WE HAVE TO KEEP WE CAN LOOK AT THE DATA MAKE SURE WE’RE NOT OPENING THINGS UP TOO FAST AND AND CREATING A MORE OF A LONGER TERM PROBLEM FOR OURSELVES. SO WE BELIEVE IT’S A GOOD FIRST STEP TO GET FITNESS BACK UP AND RUNNING IN SOME FORM. AND AGAIN, THE GUIDANC IS ON THE HOMEPAGE AT NH DOT-GOV OTHER AREAS THAT WE’RE ANNOUNCING TODAY THAT WE CAN OPEN ON AGAIN ON JUNE 1ST, 2020 OUR BUSINESSES THAT WERE KIND OF CLASSIFYING WITHIN THE PERSONAL CARE INDUSTRIES. SO ON JUNE 1 BUSINESSES SUCH AS ACUPUNCTURIST MASSAGE THERAPY CENTERS TATTOO SHOPS TANNING AND NAIL SALONS MAY CHOOSE TO VOLUNTARILY REOPEN AND A SAFE AND PHASED APPROACH THE GUIDANCE CALLS FOR STRICT SOCIAL DISTANCING PRACTICE THOROUGH SANITATION GUIDELINES AND OTHER MANDATORY BUSINESS PROCESS ADAPTATIONS FOR EACH OF THOSE SO THERE’S A THEIR GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS CREATED FOR EACH OF THOSE AREAS OF ACUPUNCTURE MASSAGE THERAPY TATTOOS TANNING AND NAIL SALONS AGAIN THAT C ALL BE SEEN AT AN H DOT GOV AS A REMINDER. THE GUIDANCE IS MANDATORY. THERE IS A BEAR IN A MINIMUM THAT EACH BUSINESS MUST MEET. THE GUIDELINES HAVE HAVE HAD INDUSTRY INPUT STAKEHOLDER INPUT AND THE BUY-IN FROM THE ENTIRE TEAM AT PUBLIC HEALTH. SO AT THE END OF THE DAY, WE JUST KNOW THAT WE HAVE TO KEEP CUSTOMERS AND EMPLOYE MOST IMPORTANTLY WHILE WE APPRECIATE THESE ARE JUST I KNOW IT SOUNDS LIKE I’M REPEATING ALL THE TIME, BUT IT’S SO IMPORTANT THAT THESE ARE JUST FOUR STEPS AND WHILE THEY HOPEFULLY WORK FOR SOME THAT WE KNOW THEY THEY MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO WORK FOR ALL THE MORE THESE GUIDELINES ARE ADHERE TO THE MORE THAT WE CAN MAINTAIN THE PHYSICAL DISTANCING AND THE GOOD HYGIENE PRACTICES THAT REALLY AND SHOULD ENCOURAGE FOLKS AND AS THAT DATA COMES BACK TO TAKE OTHER STEPS IF THE DATA ISN’T THERE IF FOLKS AREN’T PRACTICING TO THE GUIDELINES THEN UNFORTUNATELY, WE COULD POTENTIALLY HAVE TO TAKE STEPS BACKWARDS. NOBODY WANTS THAT WE ALL WANT TO KE FORWARD AND SO THERE’S A GREAT SELF. INCENTIVE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE’RE DOING IT RIGHT AND DOING IT SAFELY. ALSO. THERE’S BEEN A QUITE A FEW QUESTIONS ABOUT BEACHES. SO ON JUNE 1ST STATE BEACHES ALONG OUR SEACOAST WILL OPEN TWO ACTIVE RECREATION AND A MEASURED SAFE APPROACH ACCORDING TO THE GUIDANCE DEVELOPED AGAIN VERY MUCH IN CONJUNCTION WITH ALL THE DIFFERENT LOCAL TOWNS ALONG THE SEACOAST THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND THE OPEN UP OPEN NEW HAMPSHIRE COMMITTEE. PEOPLE CAN GO OUT TO OUR BEACHES TO ENGAGE IN RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES LIKE RUNNING. WALKING SWIMMING AND SURFING SITTING LOUNGING AND SPORTS WILL BE PROHIBITED. SO WE REALLY STAYING AWAY FROM JUST LOUNGING ON THE BEACH ACTIVE BEACH SPORTS. SO TO SAY OR JUST CONGLOMERATING ON THE BEACH. THAT’S NOT WHAT WE REALLY WANT TO BE ENTICING AT THIS TIME. IT’S REALLY ABOUT ACTIVE RECREATION AND JUST BEING ABLE TO GET OUT THERE IN SOME FORM AND HOPEFULLY DOWN THE LINE WE CAN WHEN WE SEE SOME DATA AND THE DATA KEEPS GETTING BETTER. WE C TAKE ADDITIONAL STEPS BUT STATE PARKING LOTS WILL BE LIMITED TO 5 CASSIDY AND THERE WILL BE NO RECURRENTLY. THERE’S NO PROHIBITION ON THE PRIVATE LOTS AND THEN THERE ARE TOWN LOTS AS WELL. BUT WHAT THE TOWN’S CHOOSE TO DO WITH THOSE LOTS WE’RE GOING TO LEAVE UP TO THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES TO MAKE THOSE DECISIONS. SO PARKING WILL BE LIMITED TO BE SURE AND THAT’S SOMETHING THAT FOLKS NEED TO BE MADE VERY VER MUCH AWARE OF THAT. THERE’S SOME ADDITIONAL STEPS WERE GOING TO TAKE TO ALSO HELP ENSURE PHYSICAL DISTANCING WITHIN THE ENTIRE AREA SPECIFICALLY AROUND HAMPTON BEACH. WE KNOW THAT’S ONE OF OUR B AREAS. IT’S A GYM FIRST ON OUR SEE MOST WHICH ALSO MEANS THAT IT CAN HAVE SOME OF THE TRADITIONALLY SOME OF THE LARGEST CROWDS SO ASIDE FROM THE CAPACITY ISSUE THAT WERE GOING TO HELP MANAGE THROUGH OUR PARKING SITUATION. WE WILL ALSO BE CLOSING DOWN OCEAN BOULEVARD KNOWN AS ROUTE 1A BETWEEN JUNE 1ST AND LABOR DAY. SO FOR THE BULK OF THE SUMMER IN AN EFFORT TO INCREASE SOCIAL DISTANCING PRACTICES, WE REALIZE THAT BEACHES WILL NOT BE OPEN HERE THIS WEEKEND. I KNOW IT’S I’M GIVING A PRESS CONFERENCE AND IT’S ABOUT 85 90 DEGREES OUTSIDE. AND UNFORTUNATELY BEACHES WILL NOT BE OPEN THIS WEEKEND. BUT AGAIN, WE REALLY NEED FOLKS AT THE TOWN LEVEL AND THE STATE FOLKS AT DDOT GIVEN THE NEW DRIVING AND THE THE ONE-WAY STREET ACCESS THAT WE’RE GOING TO BE PROVIDING ALL THAT’S GOING TO BE FINALIZED IN THE NEXT COUPLE DAYS. AND WE’LL THIS WILL ALLOW FOLKS TO REALLY GET THE PLAN UNDERWAY BEFORE THEY AT THE BEACHES ACTUALLY OPEN UP ON JUNE 1ST AGAIN, WE’RE JUST TAKING A VERY MEASURED APPROACH AND WE WOULD JUST WANT TO THANK ALL THE STAKEHOLDERS. SO A LITTLE MORE DETAIL ON TH CLOSURE OF OCEAN BOULEVARD IT WILL THE ONE-WAY TRAFFIC NORTHBOUND TRADITIONAL NORTHBOUND ONE-WAY TRAFFIC WILL BE CLOSED BETWEEN A STREET AT THE NORTH DOWN TO O STREET AT THE BOTTOM SOME OF THESE LOWER THE SOUTH BEACH LOTS WILL BE AVAILABLE TO FOLKS OR THE STATE PARK LOT THAT YOU CAN RESERVE WILL BE AVAILABLE TO FOLKS. BUT AGAIN ONLY AT 50% CAPACITY ON THE STATE SIDE AND ASHWORTH AVENUE FOR THOSE WHO KNOW THE SEA COAST WHICH IS TRADITIONALLY A ONE-WAY ROAD TO THE SOUTH WILL NOW BECOME EFFECTIVELY A TWO-WAY ROAD FOR THE MOST PART WILL BE DIVERTIN ON BACK ONTO ASHWORTH AVENUE FOR TWO-WAY TRAFFIC THAT WILL ALLOW AT LEAST THREE FULL LANES IF YOU WILL THAT ARE TRADITIONALLY ON-STREET PARKING IN THE TWO LANES OF ONE-WAY TRAFFIC TO NOW BECOME OPEN AREA FOR PEDESTRIANS TO WALK IS AFFECTED WHERE EFFECTIVELY MAKING OCEAN BOULEVARD A GIANT SIDEWALK IF YOU WILL IT WILL ALLOW BUSINESSES TO EXPAND SOME OF THEIR OPPORTUNITIES WITH FOUR RESTAURANTS IF THEY WANT TO DO OPEN ARE SEATING FOR OUTSIDE. THEY CAN EXPAND FURTHER OUT INTO THE SIDEWALK AS WELL AS MAKING SURE THAT FOLKS AREN’T BEING JAMMED ON THOSE ON THOSE SIDEWALKS ARE JAMMED ONTO THE BEACH. THERE’S REALLY A A LOT OF OPPORTUNITY FOR PHYSICAL DISTANCING WHICH WE KNOW IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECTS ALL THE OTHER ASPECTS OF HOW REVENUES RESTAURANTS OPERATE OR FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS OPERATE THOSE HAVE A BEEN ESTABLISHED GUIDELINES WITH OPEN-AIR SEATING AND WE AGAIN WE’RE GOING TO MAKE SURE THAT ALL THOSE BUSINESSES ADHERE TO THOSE GUIDELINES AS WELL SAME WITH RETAIL IF THERE’S ANY RETAIL SHOPS ALONG THE BOULEVARD THAT MAY BE OPEN AGAIN, THEY’LL HAVE TO ADHERE TO ALL OF THOSE GUIDELINES AS WELL. BUT I THINK THIS IS A GREAT FIRST STEP APPROACH TO HELPING SHOWING THAT SOME OF THOSE BUSINESSES CAN OPE THE BEACH CAN OPEN FOR ACTIVE RECREATION. ASIAN BUT STILL HELP ENSURE A LOT OF THE PHYSICAL DISTANCE THING THAT IS GOING TO BE REQUIRED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE’RE NOT SPREADING COVID AT AN ACCELERATED RATE. ALSO A COUPLE OTHER ITEMS AND THEN WE’LL OPEN IT UP FOR QUESTIONS GOING INTO THIS LABOR DAY. WE KNOW THAT AS FOLKS GO OUTDOORS. MAYBE IT’S ON A HOME HIGH CHALLENGE, BUT A LOT OF FOLKS LIKE TO GO UP TO THE LAKE. SO EARLIER TODAY I DID SIGN AN EMERGENCY ORDER THAT MODIFIES OUR STATE LAWS TO ALLOW FOR SAFE BOATER EDUCATION COURSES THAT ARE USUALLY ADMINISTRATED IN CAN I BE TAKEN ONLINE AND THAT WILL BE OPERATIONAL NEXT WEEK? SO YOU TECHNICALLY CAN’T DO IT TODAY, BUT WE’RE ANNOUNCING THAT NEXT WEEK. YOU CAN DO YOUR BOATER SAFE BOATER EDUCATION COURSE SO YOU CAN RENT A BOAT OR DRIVE A BOAT OF YOUR OWN YOU CAN DO THAT ONLINE AS OPPOSED TO THE USUAL IN PERSON PROCESS, AND WE JUST WANT TO THANK THE FOLKS AT THE DMV AND DEPARTMENT OF SAFETY FOR HELPING GET THAT PROGRAM UP AND RUNNING. IT’LL BE SOMETIME NEXT WEEK. THERE’S NOT A DEFINITIVE DATE, BUT WE SOMETIME TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY OF NEXT WEEK, BUT WE WANTED TO GIVE PEOPLE A HEADS UP THAT WE HEARD THEM LOUD AND CLEAR. IT WAS A REQUEST MADE BY INDIVIDUALS AND IT SEEMED LIKE A SOMETHING THAT OTHER STATES HAVE DONE WE HAD DONE IN THE PAST AND SOMETHING THAT WE CAN DO SAFELY AND STILL HELP ENSURE THAT PEOPLE ARE GETTING THEIR VOTER LICENSES IN A SAFE AND RESPONSIBLE WAY TO MAKE SURE THEY’RE GOING TO BE SAFE NOT JUST WITH COVID BUT WHILE THEY’RE OUT ON THE LAKE YARD SALES, IT’S MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND AND YOUR IT’S KIND OF THE KICKOFF OF A YARD SALE SEASON IN THE STATE. AND AGAIN, IT’S SOMETIMES THESE THINGS YOU DON’T THINK OF THEY DON’T NECESSARILY TAKE THE HIGHLIGHT WHEN THINK OF BUSINESSES CLOSING OR WHATEVER. BEEBE, BUT WE KNOW A LOT OF FOLKS MAY BE OUT LOOKI FOR YARD SALES AND SO THAT WE KNOW THAT RIGHT NOW RESIDENTS ARE SAFER AT HOME. WE KNOW THAT AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, BUT WHEN INDIVIDUALS DO HEAD OUT WE WANT TO REMIND THEM TO PRACTICE GOOD HYGIENE AND SOCIAL DISTANCING AND WE BELIEVE THAT PRIVATE RETAIL SALES LIKE A YARD SALE IN SOMEONE’S DRIVEWAY THAT IS TYPICALLY LIKELY LESS THAN 10 PEOPLE AT A TIME SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO MOVE FORWARD. AND AGAIN, WE JUST ASK THAT THOSE PUTTING ON THOSE YARD SALES OR THAT ARE ORGANIZING THEM ARE ENSURING THAT A DISTANCING ENSURING GOOD HYGIENE PRACTICES WITHIN THEIR THEIR HOMES USUALLY OR ON THEIR PROPERTY, BUT YARD SALES WILL BE OPEN FOR BUSINESS AS OF THIS WEEKEND. FINALLY, IS THERE A COUPLE MORE? WE GOT A COUPLE MORE THINGS HERE MASK. WE WANT TO GIVE AN UPDATE ON MASKS. SO A FEW WEEKS AGO THE STATE SET UP THE ONLINE PORTAL THAT BUSINESSES COULD GO TO TO THAT WE’RE PLANNING TO REOPEN TO REQUEST MASS FROM THE STATE AND TO DATE THE STATE HAS RECEIVED OVER. SUZANNE ORDERS FROM FOR MASS TOTALING OVER 7 MILLION MASS AND LUCKILY. WE’VE BEEN VERY GOOD ABOUT BEING ABLE TO BRING THAT PPE INTO THE STATE AND WE’VE BEEN ABLE TO PROVIDE IT AT NO COST TO INDIVIDUALS AS WE REALLY START FLEXING THINGS OPEN. SO MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF MASS HAVE BEEN GIVEN OUT BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES ALL ACROSS THE STATE, WHICH IS JUST A GREAT OPPORTUNITY AND ONE OF THE TOOLS WE HAVE TO HELP ENSURE THE MITIGATION OF THE SPREAD OF THE COVID VIRUS THIS WEEK THE NEW HAMPSHIRE LIQUOR COMMISSION STARTED SELLING BOXES OF MASS TO CUSTOMERS AT ALL OF THEIR OUTLETS ACROSS THE STATE THE MASTER BEING PASSED ON TO CUSTOMERS AT COST MEANING THE STATE IS NOT PROFITING FROM THESE MASS AND EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY THE ONLINE PORTAL FOR THE FOR BUSINESSES REQUESTING MASS WILL BE CLOSING AND BUSINESSES INTERESTED IN PURCHASING MASS FOR THEIR BUSINESS CAN NOW BUY THEM AT ANY OF THE STATE LIQUOR STORES 80 DIFFERENT STORES ACROSS THE STATE ARE NOW GOING TO BE MAKING THOSE MASS AVAILABLE TO RESIDENTS CUSTOMERS BUSINESSES. WHOEVER MIGHT WANT THEM AND BUY THEM AT COST WHICH IS FAR LESS THAN THAN WHAT YOU SEE A LOT OF THEM OUT THERE IN THE TRADITIONAL. FOR SO WE WANT TO MAKE IT AVAILABLE AND EVERYONE AT AT A REASONABLE RATE AND FINALLY BEFORE WE CLOSE OUT. I WANTED TO PROVIDE A BRIEF UPDATE ON THE MAIN STREET RELIEF FUND. WE’VE RECEIVED A LOT OF QUESTIONS OVER JUST THIS PAST WEEK THE $400,000,000 MAIN STREET, REALLY FUN TO HELP SMALL BUSINESSES HAS HAD SOME GREAT RESPONSE THE INITIAL PRE GRANT APPLICATION, WHICH IS REQUIRED. AND AGAIN, THIS IS HALF AN ADVERTISEMENT JUST FOR SMALL BUSINESSES WHO BUSINESSES WHO ARE INTERESTED IN POSSIBLY RECEIVING A GRANT OUT OF THE MAIN STREET RELIEF FUND THEY CAN GO TO REVENUE DOT NH DOT-GOV RE VE NU E NH DOT-GOV AND THEY STILL HAVE ANOTHER WEEK THE APPLICATION TIME RUNS OUT ON MAY 29, SO THEY HAVE ONE MORE WEEK TO GET THE APPLICATION IS TODAY. WE’VE RECEIVED OVER 6,500 APPLICATIONS AND WE JUST WE WANT SMALL BUSINESSES TO APPLY WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE’RE GETTING THIS MONEY OUT TO AS MANY BUSINESSES WHO MAY BE EXPERIENCING FINANCIAL LOSSES FROM COVID AGAIN THAT THE FUND IS NOT DESIGNED TO MAKE PEOPLE WHOLE IT ISN’T DESIGNED JUST TO FILL ALL THOSE GAP BUT IT IS REALLY POSITIONED TO HELP FOLKS PAY THEIR TAXES PAY THEIR BILLS. KEEP THE UTILITIES GOING KEEP THE LIGHTS ON MAKE SURE THEY DON’T DEFAULT OR GO INTO FORECLOSURE AS THEY KIND OF RAMP UP AS WE GET BUSINESSES GOING BACK IN NEW HAMPSHIRE AND ACROSS NEW ENGLAND. WE JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVE AS MUCH ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY AS POSSIBLE THE ONE MORE WEEK FOR THE APP FOR THE PRE GRANT APPLICATION PROCESS, THEN WE’LL BE A FORMAL GRANT PROCESS AND THEN CHECKS GO OUT. SO WE’RE GOING TO BE VERY VERY STREAMLINED AND QUICK ABOUT THIS AND GET THE RELIE THE MONEY SITTING IN THE IN THE COFFERS OF THE IS IT HELPING ANYBODY? SO THAT’S PART OF GETTING THIS 1.25 BILLION OUT AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. I’M NOT JUST TO THE MAIN STREET REALLY FUN, BUT HOSPITALS LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES INDIVIDUALS WITH STIPENDS. THAT’S WHY WE’VE BEEN MOVING VERY VERY QUICKLY AND SO FAR. I THINK A LOT OF IT HAS BEEN RECEIVED VERY WELL SO THAT GRANT APPLICATION PRE GRANT APPLICATION IS STILL AVAILABLE UNTIL FRIDAY, MAY 29TH. WE HOPE EVERYBODY APPLIES. IT’S A VERY VERY SIMPLE PROCESS. I THINK THE WHOLE THING IS LITERALLY TWO PAGES NOT EVEN SETTING IT TO I THINK IT’S THE THIS APPLICATION. I THINK I MADE THE JOKE, BUT IT’S TRUE. I THINK IT’S THE SHORTEST APPLICATION THE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE ADMINISTRATION
Sununu: State Seacoast beaches to open June 1 to active recreation
Ocean Boulevard to be shut down to vehicles through Labor Day
New Hampshire’s state beaches along the coast will be back open June 1, with several restrictions, Gov. Chris Sununu announced Friday.>> Download the FREE WMUR appThe announcement came as reopening guidance was released for a number of different businesses, including fitness centers, tattoo and piercing salons, and massage parlors.>> Latest coronavirus coverage from WMURState beaches such as Hampton Beach have been shut down as the state tried to limit the spread of COVID-19. Sununu has also expressed concerns that people could travel from out of state, particularly from Massachusetts, which has been hit hard by COVID-19.>> COVID-19 in New Hampshire: Important informationSununu said that under the new guidance, state beaches on the Seacoast will be open for active recreation, defined as activities such as running, walking, swimming and surfing. People won’t be allowed to sit or lounge on the beach or play games on the sand.Ocean Boulevard along Hampton Beach will be closed to vehicular traffic from A to O streets From June 1 through Labor Day, Sununu said. Some other streets will be modified to accommodate traffic, such as Ashworth Avenue becoming a two-way road. Sununu said the closure of Ocean Boulevard will allow pedestrians to walk without coming too close to each other, and restaurants along the street may be able to expand for outdoor seating.State parking lots will also be limited to 50% capacity, Sununu said. There are no constraints on private lots, and restrictions on town lots are up to the municipalities.The governor also announced new guidance for youth and amateur sports. He said small group practices are permitted, but no competition or contact sports activities will be allowed. All participants and staff members must remain at least 6 feet apart, and face coverings should be used by anyone not actively engaged in athletics.Health and fitness centers will also be able to open June 1 for small group fitness classes and one-on-one training. Sununu said it’s too early to open gyms up for general use, but people will be able to maintain social distancing in small classes.** Town-by-town COVID-19 case data: Interactive map | Text-only list **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
New Hampshire’s state beaches along the coast will be back open June 1, with several restrictions, Gov. Chris Sununu announced Friday.
The announcement came as reopening guidance was released for a number of different businesses, including fitness centers, tattoo and piercing salons, and massage parlors.
State beaches such as Hampton Beach have been shut down as the state tried to limit the spread of COVID-19. Sununu has also expressed concerns that people could travel from out of state, particularly from Massachusetts, which has been hit hard by COVID-19.
>> COVID-19 in New Hampshire: Important information
Sununu said that under the new guidance, state beaches on the Seacoast will be open for active recreation, defined as activities such as running, walking, swimming and surfing. People won’t be allowed to sit or lounge on the beach or play games on the sand.
Ocean Boulevard along Hampton Beach will be closed to vehicular traffic from A to O streets From June 1 through Labor Day, Sununu said. Some other streets will be modified to accommodate traffic, such as Ashworth Avenue becoming a two-way road.
Sununu said the closure of Ocean Boulevard will allow pedestrians to walk without coming too close to each other, and restaurants along the street may be able to expand for outdoor seating.
State parking lots will also be limited to 50% capacity, Sununu said. There are no constraints on private lots, and restrictions on town lots are up to the municipalities.
The governor also announced new guidance for youth and amateur sports. He said small group practices are permitted, but no competition or contact sports activities will be allowed. All participants and staff members must remain at least 6 feet apart, and face coverings should be used by anyone not actively engaged in athletics.
Health and fitness centers will also be able to open June 1 for small group fitness classes and one-on-one training. Sununu said it’s too early to open gyms up for general use, but people will be able to maintain social distancing in small classes.
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