On November 19, 2020, Governor Sununu signed Emergency Order #74 instituting a statewide mask mandate in New Hampshire, extended through March 26, 2021.
Face Coverings are Required by the State of NH
COVID-19 can be spread from person to person before symptoms develop. Public Health officials have determined that it is possible for an infected individual to transmit this disease without exhibiting any symptoms. The best means of preventing the spread of a virus is through minimizing close personal contact with individuals in a public environment, social distancing, covering your mouth and nose by wearing a face covering, as well as proper handwashing.
Wearing a face covering, along with social distancing, regular handwashing, and staying home when you feel sick can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. These public health recommendations must continue to be followed after vaccination.
The term ‘face covering’ refers to a covering made of cloth, fabric, or other soft or permeable material, without holes, that covers the nose, mouth, and surrounding areas of the lower face. A face covering may be factory-made or homemade from ordinary household material.
“For optimal protection, the following key factors should be considered while wearing a face covering. The safe use of face coverings requires the wearer to maintain proper hand hygiene by frequently handwashing with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer for at least 20 seconds. The wearer should prevent the spread of disease by not touching their face, nose, or eyes with unwashed hands and not touching the outside of the face covering. Lastly, social distancing by keeping a distance of at least six feet between yourself and others also protects the spread of our respiratory droplets.” says the City of Nashua Division of Public Health and Community Services Director, Bobbie D. Bagley.
When to Wear a Face Covering:
Employees of all businesses when interacting with the public and whenever they are within six feet of a co-worker or a customer
Entering any business, work site, or government building, including trips to the grocery store, pharmacy, doctor, or to receive medical care including without limitation any outdoor area where business of any sort is conducted
Essential workers at a grocery store, pharmacy, or other business setting where it is hard to maintain at least six feet distance from others
Entering a restaurant for the purpose of picking up food, dining-in, take-out, or any other purpose. Members of the public dining at a restaurant may remove face covering while seated at their table, but should proceed to wear a face covering when interacting with restaurant staff and when away from your table.
Residents, visitors, and members of the public entering or present at a residential or commercial building complex of greater than two units while in common areas and communal spaces
A face covering is not required to be worn by any person if wearing a face covering may pose a risk to said person for health related reasons. This order also does not require children under 10 years of age to wear face coverings, parents should make their own judgment. The use of a face covering is not recommended for children less than 2 years of age.
We would like to remind our community that the most effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community is by wearing a face covering, social distancing, and practicing proper hand hygiene. If you are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness, please stay at home and contact your healthcare provider.
For information regarding COVID-19, visit the City of Nashua website, www.nashuanh.gov/COVID19. For additional information and resources, visit the NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) online at www.nh.gov/covid19..
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