Sununu renews New Hampshire’s mask mandate, travel guidance

By Christian Wade | The Center Square

With COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations still rising, Gov. Chris Sununu has extended a statewide mask mandate and travel guidance for residents.

The rules require face masks or coverings be worn at all times indoors and outdoors where a person can’t maintain a distance of at least six feet. Children under 5 years old and people with disabilities and medical conditions would be exempt from the rules. The mandate, which took effect on Nov. 20, was set to expire Friday.

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LIVE FREE OR DIE?: New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu has renewed a mandate that residents must wear masks at all times indoors and outdoors when a distance of 6 feet can’t be maintained.

“Our healthcare system is still under an immense amount of pressure,” the Republican said in a statement. “To loosen or eliminate the tools we have utilized with success so far is the wrong approach to fighting this pandemic. The light at the end of the tunnel is within sight, but we must remain vigilant and we cannot let up now.”

Sununu also issued an executive order extending a travel guidance asking Granite Staters who travel out of New England to quarantine for 14 days upon their return, or quarantine for seven days upon their return, followed by a negative COVID-19 test.

To date, the Granite State has reported 54,778 COVID-19 cases and 897 deaths, according to the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.

Despite that, Sununu has resisted calls from public health experts to tighten restrictions on the state’s businesses and public places. New Hampshire was one of the last states in the country to set a mask mandate.

Masks and homemade face coverings act as a barrier for respiratory droplets that can be propelled into the air when an infected person coughs, shouts or sneezes.

Medical experts say face coverings are among the most effective personal protective measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The mask requirements have created disputes between officials who want to require face coverings and those, mostly conservatives, who say the measures are government overreach.

In New Hampshire, critics have staged protests outside Sununu’s Newfields home, which prompted him to make his inauguration speech virtual.

Sununu’s executive order extends the mask mandate until March 26.

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One thought on “Sununu renews New Hampshire’s mask mandate, travel guidance

  1. Another clueless governor. Take a look at New Hampshire’s case and fatality curves since November 20 and tell me with a straight face that masks have any benefit whatsoever:

    Vermont is no different. Most other states and countries are no different. There is NO correlation between mask use and reduction of cases or fatalities. If anything, those numbers have only shot up under mask mandates. Most people have common sense, but it appears legislatures are allergic to it.

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