New Hampshire’s mask mandate set to expire today

New Hampshire’s mask mandate set to expire today

There will no longer be a statewide mask mandate in New Hampshire, although local governments and private businesses may still enforce their own. 

Roughly five months after implementing a statewide mask mandate on Nov. 20, 2020, Gov. Chris Sununu announced in a press release April 15 that the mandate will come to an end April 16. 

New Hampshire is the first state in New England to end its mask mandate.

In his press release, Sununu stated the expiration of the statewide mask mandate does not prohibit local municipalities or private businesses from implementing their own mask requirements. The governor also encouraged the people of New Hampshire to continue to exercise caution and “to wear masks when they are unable to socially distance.”

Manchester city officials in September debated instituting a citywide mask requirement with a fine up to $1,000 for violators, spurring enormous community opposition.

The decision to not extend the mask mandate is a refreshing reminder of Granite Staters’ propensity to engage responsibly without stringent government requirements. 

With New Hampshire faring far better on COVID-19 than most states in the nation, it’s worth noting Granite Staters have kept each other safe without strict mandates.

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