New Hampshire

Updated: May 1, 2020

Emergency Order # 40 Pursuant to Executive Order 2020-04

New Hampshire issued Emergency Order # 40 to extend its prior stay-at-home order (Emergency Order # 17) through May 31, 2020 and to modify it so as to allow certain industries—including health care services, retail businesses, and restaurants—to phase-in services as of targeted dates as soon as May 4, 2020. The state also issued guidance for any business that is currently open, or will soon be opening.

Emergency Order # 17 Pursuant to Executive Order 2020-04

Executive Summary

New Hampshire Emergency Order # 17 Pursuant to Executive Order 2020-04 requires all businesses and other organizations that do not provide Essential Services to close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers, and the public and cease all in person operations as of 11:59 p.m. on March 27, 2020 through May 4, 2020.  A list of essential service sectors is provided in an order exhibit that is subject to future updates.

Summary of Order

  • The New Hampshire order was issued on March 26, 2020 pursuant to Executive Order 2020-04 issued on March 13, 2020. 
  • The directive took effect at 11:59 p.m. on March 27, 2020 and remains in effect until 12:01 a.m. on May 4, 2020.
  • Services deemed essential services are identified in Exhibit A to the order and include the following sectors:
    • Law Enforcement, Public Safety, First Responders
    • Food and Agriculture
    • Health Care/ Public Health / Human Services
    • Energy
    • Electricity industry
    • Petroleum workers
    • Natural and propane gas workers
    • Steam workers
    • Waste and Wastewater
    • Transportation and Logistics
    • Public Works
    • Communications and Information Technology
    • Other Community-Based Essential Functions
    • Manufacturing
    • Hazardous Materials
    • Financial Services
    • Chemical
    • Defense Industrial Base   
  • Exhibit A to the order (List of Essential Services) is considered by the State to be a “living” document, and the order indicates that when reviewed and changed the document will be re-disseminated and made available on New Hampshire’s Business Resources page. 
  • For businesses not listed in Exhibit A that believe they are essential or provide essential services or functions may request designation as an essential business. Such requests should be submitted by email and include basic contact information and a brief justification.

Social Distancing Requirements

All businesses or other organizations providing Essential Services must develop strategies, procedures and practices to allow for social distancing protocols consistent with guidance provided by the CDC and the New Hampshire Department of Public Health.


The order indicates that the New Hampshire Division of Public Health and State or local police shall have the authority to enforce the order.