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Nashua’s mask-mandate ordinances remain in effect despite expiration of statewide order

By Dean Shalhoup - Senior Staff Reporter | Apr 16, 2021

NASHUA – Although Gov. Chris Sununu announced the expiration, effective today, of the statewide order requiring face masks be worn, the two Nashua ordinances requiring masks remain in effect, according to Division of Public Health & Community Services spokeswoman Nicole Chute.

Chute said in a statement that although the state no longer requires masks, individual municipalities, as well as private businesses and organizations, retain the authority to require face coverings.

Chute cited the “recent increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations throughout the state, and the continued substantial community transmission in the Nashua region” as the reason for the city’s decision.

Therefore, she added, Nashua city ordinances O-20-018 and O-20-029 will remain in effect until further notice.

In the meantime, Chute said, the health board “is in the process of developing evidence-based criteria for maintaining or removing the face covering ordinance.”

Dean Shalhoup may be reached at 594-1256 or dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com.

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