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  • Coronavirus Updates and Resources

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    Governor issues statewide mask mandate
     
    Gov. Chris Sununu announced today, Thursday, Nov. 19, he has issued an emergency order instituting a statewide mask mandate. The order follows the state's highest single-day total number of positive cases, which rose to 529 today.
     
    The mask mandate will take effect Friday and remain in effect through Jan. 15, 2021.
     
    Beginning Friday, Nov. 20, everyone over the age of 5 in New Hampshire must wear mask or cloth face coverings over their noses and mouths when in public spaces, indoors or outdoors, and when unable to maintain a physical distance of at least six feet from persons outside their own households.
     
    Per the order, “public spaces” includes any part of private or public property that is generally open or accessible to members of the general public. Public spaces include, but are not limited to, lobbies, waiting areas, outside plazas or patios, restaurants, retail businesses, streets, sidewalks, parks, beaches, elevators, restrooms, stairways, parking garages, etc.
     
    According to the order, the mandate does not apply to the following:
     
    • Educators, students, and staff within K-12 schools;

    • Any person with a medical condition or disability that prevents wearing a mask or other face covering;

    • Any person consuming food or drink or sitting at a restaurant or table to eat or drink;

    • Any person engaged in physical strenuous physical activity;

    • Any person giving a religious, political, media, educational, cultural, musical, or theatrical presentation or performance for an audience;

    • Any person who is deaf or hard of hearing, and any person while communicating with an individual who is deaf or hard of hearing or who has a disability, medical condition, or mental health condition that makes communication with that individual while wearing a mask or face covering difficult; 

    • Any person obtaining or providing a service that requires the temporary removal of a mask or face covering;

    • Any person asked to remove a mask or face covering to verify an identity for lawful purposes; or

    • Any public safety worker actively engaged in a public safety role and when a mask or face covering would seriously interfere in the performance of their public safety responsibilities.

     
    The mandate also does not apply to individuals who decline to wear a mask or cloth face covering because of a medical or developmental issue or difficulty breathing.
     
    The entire order can be viewed here.
     

  • Community Action Partnership of Strafford County (CAPSC) takes seriously the health and welfare of our clients, staff and that of the greater community. As we navigate the ever-changing status of coronavirus, our primary concern is our ability to safely continue to deliver critical services that support basic needs such as food, housing, etc. CAPSC offices are open for phone support throughout the week: 603-425-2500. If you are experiencing a hardship or need immediate assistance over the weekend, call 211.

    To help support CAPSC in our response to COVID-19, please consider making a donation here: www.straffordcap.org/donate.

  • During this difficult time there are still plenty of services available in the realm of Recovery Support for those that may be in recovery, struggling with substances, or have family members they are worried about. SOS has many different kinds of meetings available all day and into the night. The SOS Rochester location is also staffed right now. Although we are not open to the general public, we have staff available Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. to answer phones and provide one-on-one help.

    Call 603-841-2350 or visit straffordrecovery.org/vitrual-meetings.