Effective today (March 27, 2020) at midnight, New Hampshire joins various other states in closing non-essential businesses and ordering citizens to stay at home. Governor Sununu issued Executive Order #17 on March 26, 2020.
All businesses that do not provide “Essential Services,” which are listed in Exhibit A to the order, must close their physical workplaces and facilities and stop all in-person operations. The order also requires businesses providing Essential Services to develop procedures for social distancing consistent with guidance from the CDC and Department of Public Health. Employees of essential businesses may continue to cross state borders for work-related travel, including travel to and from work, and to transport products to distribution facilities, etc. All businesses, essential or not, are permitted—and encouraged—to continue their operations through remote means.
Construction services are listed as an “essential service” under the Order. The Exhibit A closely tracks the listing of essential services issued by the Massachusetts Governor earlier this week. As the