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NH Emergency Orders


NH State of Emergency Declared
On March 13th Governor Sununu issued an Executive Order declaring a State of Emergency. The executive order outlined new provisions allowing individuals who are quarantined due to confirmed or potential exposure; individuals needing care for themselves due to a related illness, individuals needing to care for an ill family member and individuals needing to care for a dependent to be able to access state unemployment benefits. Since that time, he has release various emergency orders relating to the pandemic.

  • Emergency Order #1 closes all public schools in the state for a three-week period.
  • Emergency Order #2 prohibits public gatherings of 50 people or more (exempting legislative activity and business activity) and restricting all food and beverage sales to carry-out, delivery, curbside pickup or drive through only (exemptions for healthcare facilities, airports and private business cafeterias primarily intended to serve the employees of that business).
  • Emergency Order #3prohibits discontinuation of service for all electricity, gas, water, telephone, cable and internet for the duration of the state of emergency.
  • Emergency Order #4 prohibits landlords from issuing or enforcing eviction notices for the duration of the state of emergency.
  • Emergency Order #5 temporarily suspends the one-week waiting period for individuals who have filed for unemployment benefits.
  • Emergency Order #6 temporarily allows properly licensed restaurants to sell and deliver sealed wine and beer with along with food sales
  • Emergency Order #7 requires all New Hampshire schools to transition to temporary remote instruction by March 23rd,
  • Emergency Order #8 requires all health insurance carriers to allow all in-network providers to deliver clinically appropriate, medically necessary covered services to members via telehealth.
  • Emergency Order #9 establishes the COVID-19 Emergency Healthcare System Relief Act, up to $50 million to provide, as needed, emergency relief to all aspects of New Hampshire’s healthcare system and to promote and secure the safety and protection of the people of New Hampshire.
  • Emergency Order #10 requires all grocers and retail stores to temporarily transition to use of single use paper or plastic bags to reduce potential spread of Coronavirus via reusable shopping bags.
  • Emergency Order #11 provides the authority to perform secure remote online notarizations.
  • Emergency Order #12 modifies rules regulating public access to meetings under RSA 91-A
  • Emergency Order #13 temporarily allows New Hampshire pharmacists and pharmacies to compound and sell hand sanitizer over the counter and to allows pharmacy technicians to perform non-dispensing tasks remotely
  • Emergency Order #14 temporarily authorizes out-of-state pharmacies to act as a licensed mail-order facility within the State of New Hampshire.
  • Emergency Order #15 temporary authorizes out of state medical providers to provide medically necessary services through telehealth
  • Emergency Order #16 temporarily prohibits social gatherings of 10 or more people.
  • Emergency Order #17 orders the closure of all non-essential businesses and orders Granite Staters to stay at home.
  • Emergency Order #18 temporarily modifies Department of Safety and Motor Vehicle Division procedures.
  • Emergency Order #19  extends school closings until May 4th.
  • Emergency Order #20 temporarily enhancing pay for state liquor commission employees.
  • Emergency Order 21 establishes a COVID-19 Emergency Domestic and Sexual Violence Services Relief Fund
    Emergency Order 22 authorizes emergency funding for child protection services
    Emergency Order 23 and modifies municipal and local government statutory requirements.
  • Emergency Order 24 modifies existing emergency orders regarding evictions.
    Emergency Order 25 modifies penalties for late payment of property taxes.
  • Emergency Order #26 extends emergency orders 2, 6 and 16 through May 4th
    Emergency Order #27 restricting state hotels, motels, AirBnB
  • Emergency Order #28 asks state, local and private sector partners to identify an isolation site for homeless individuals exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms.
    Emergency Order #29 asks state agencies, boards, commissions and similar executive branch to submit recommendations to the Governor describing which, if any, regulatory and statutory deadlines and other requirements should be adjusted in response to the COVID-19 State of Emergency.
    Emergency Order #30 issues temporary requirements regarding healthcare provided in alternative settings.
  • Emergency Order #31 establishes the long-term care stabilization program.
  • Emergency Order #32 extends K-12 “remote learning” for the remainder of the school year.
  • Emergency Order #33 activates the NH Crisis Standards of Care Plan.​​
  • Emergency order #34 establishes temporary requirements regarding health insurer coverage of health care services related to the coronavirus.
  • Emergency order #35 temporarily waives the 28-day separation period before a retired public employee can return to work on a part-time basis.
  • Emergency order #36 ensures that workers’ compensation coverage extends to New Hampshire first responders exposed to COVID-19.
  • Emergency order #37 relates to Executive Branch hiring and out-of-state travel.
  • Emergency order #38 temporarily modifies school board and school district statutory requirements.
  • Emergency order 39 creates a temporary allowance for agents of COVID 19 patients to consent to clinical trials.
  • Emergency order 40 extends and modifies Emergency Order #17 (which dealt with closers of non-essential businesses and established “Stay at Home” provisions).
  • Emergency order 41 provides additional Medicaid eligibility for the uninsured.
  • Emergency Order #42 authorizes temporary health partners to assist in responding to COVID-19 in long-term care facilities.
  • Emergency order #43 providing temporary modifications to requirements for change of party affiliation.
  • Emergency Order #44 extends the COVID-19 Emergency Healthcare System Relief Fund
  • Emergency Order #45 modifies the establishment of the COVID-19 Long Term Care Stabilization Program
  • Emergency Order #46 further expands access to medical providers.
  • Emergency Order #47 expands COVID 19 testing to licensed pharmacists.
  • Emergency Order #48 establishes new procedures and guidelines for school districts relative to special education and remote instruction.
  • Emergency Order # 49  extends “Stay at Home” orders until June 15th.
  • Emergency Order #50 temporary modifications to travel expense allowances for members of the state legislature.
  • Emergency Order #51:  An order terminating Emergency Orders #4 and #24.
  • Emergency Order #53. This order extends Emergency Order #36 which ensured that first responders will be covered under workers’ compensation.