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Sununu orders restaurants to close; only serve patrons by takeout, delivery, drive-thru

By Staff | Mar 16, 2020

New Hampshire Republican Gov. Chris Sununu speaks to reporters about the $12.96 billion two-year budget compromise he reached with Democratic lawmakers, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, in Concord, N.H. Sununu vetoed a $13.1 billion budget in June, and a temporary spending measure is set to expire next week. Lawmakers will vote on the compromise Wednesday. (AP Photo/Holly Ramer)

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu has orders that all bars and restaurants close to in-person diners and patrons effective after the close of business tonight.

Sununu tweeted the following, “Effective at close of business tonight, all restaurants and bars in NH will be required to serve patrons by takeout, delivery, and drive-through methods only. Scheduled public gatherings over 50 people will be prohibited. This order will remain in effect until April 7.”

“We do not take this decision lightly. This will be hard, but we are all in this together.”

“Service industry employees affected by this temporary change will be able to qualify for unemployment benefits effective immediately tomorrow, where we will announce steps and set up a hotline and website for any worker adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.”


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