From Kathleen Hoelzel NH State Representative, Raymond Selectman, and Resident
Date: March 27, 2020 at 4:04 PM
Subject: Stay-At-Home Order is Not a Lock Down
Since the governor declared a state of emergency on March 13, he and the state's team of public health officials have been asking folks to stay home, limit their trips out, and avoid unnecessary contact.
With the issuance of the stay-at-home order, folks have had some questions if that changes things.
We want our constituents to know that they are not locked in their homes. Many Granite Staters have been adhering to the stay-at-home guidelines already. This order is a more formal way to emphasize how important staying home is, and emphasizes limits on unnecessary contact and social distancing.
Paragraph 4 of the order lays out a number of exceptions. Here is a snap shot (image):
During a press conference yesterday the governor said,
"Over the pat 24 hours, we have have received calls and requests for a mandatory shelter-in-place. This is NOT a shelter-in-place. We are not closing down transportation. I am not closing our borders. And no one will be prevented from leaving their home."
It's essential that we keep the message clear, New Hampshire citizens are responsible enough to stay at home with reasonable exceptions, as the governor's order provides for. This is not a shelter-in-place, or a lock down.