NH Governor Sununu Issues COVID-19 Emergency Order #40

Governor Sununu announced that non-essential businesses shall continue to close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers and the public until May 31, 2020.

Effective immediately, businesses that are deemed essential shall comply with the Universal Business Guidelines listed as Exhibit B in the Governor’s order. These guidelines are based on recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Some of the required guidelines include:

  • Employers must require all employees who are sick or not feeling well to stay home.
  • Employers must develop a COVID-19 symptom screening process for all employees reporting for work to include the below questions, and instruct the employee to leave the premises immediately and to seek medical advice for any questions answered “yes”:
    1. Have you been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19?
    2. Have you had a fever or felt feverish in the last 72 hours?
    3. Are you experiencing any respiratory symptoms including a runny nose, sore throat, cough, or shortness of breath?
    4. Are you experiencing any new muscle aches or chills?
    5. Have you experienced any new change in your sense of taste or smell?
  • All employees should also wear a cloth face covering while at work and in potential close contact with others.
  • Employers should take the temperatures of their employees on-site with a nontouch thermometer each day upon the employees arrival at work. If this is not possible, temperatures can be taken before arriving as long as it can sufficiently be authenticated by the employee. Normal temperature should not exceed 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Employers must strongly promote frequent hand hygiene and alcohol-based hand sanitizer must be made readily available.
  • Employers must implement workplace cleaning and disinfection practices.

Food service, campgrounds, state parks, hospitals, manufacturing and retail employers are subject to the orders in Exhibit C. Golf services, cosmetology providers and drive-in movie theaters are subject to the guidelines in Exhibit D.

Refer to the below link for details on the requirements in the various Exhibits and contact your NEEBCo representative with questions.

Governor Sununu Emergency Order #40