Stay at Home not exactly lifted
Some folks read a headline and misinterpreted what will happen on June 15. It does not all go back to pre-Corona life. Because we went through this difficult period, we are in pretty good shape but still need to be cautious. There will continue to be some conditions/restrictions as we open back up. For a good visual of how fast it can get away from you, check out this timed chart – Selected Global Causes of Deaths Due to Various Causes and COVID-19, Jan-May 2O2O You’ll find COVID down at the bottom. Watch its position as time advances. This is why we have been so cautious, and how it can go wrong quickly. ~ Steve
Governor Sununu Issues Executive Order 2020-10
Fourth Extension of State of Emergency Declared in Executive Order 2020-04
NH’s stay-at-home order is in effect until June 15. At that time, the Governor said, “It is our intent to allow the stay-at-home order to sunset.”
He also announced Phase 2 of Seacoast Beaches Reopening. This will allow for sunbathing and other traditional beach activities on seacoast beaches effective immediately.
Starting June 15, restaurants can begin serving customers indoors. But in four counties – Rockingham, Hillsborough, Strafford and Merrimack – capacity will be limited to 50%.
- Starting Friday receptions can now be held, but venues must be at no more than 50% capacity.
- Overnight summer camps can open June 28.
- Outdoor and natural attractions can open immediately.
- Out-of-state residents can now play golf here.
NH restaurants, with restrictions, can open soon for indoor dining; reduced-capacity weddings OK’d
“New Hampshire restaurants will soon be able to open for indoor dining, but their capacity will depend on where they are.
Gov. Chris Sununu said Friday that starting June 15, restaurants can begin serving customers indoors. But in the four New Hampshire counties hardest hit by COVID-19 — Rockingham Hillsborough, Strafford and Merrimack — capacity will be limited to 50%.”
Governor Sununu, DHHS Announcements on June 5th
This evening, Governor Sununu and NH DHHS made several important announcements, you can read more about them here:
- ASAP, the Asymptomatic Spread Assessment Program
- Seacoast State Beaches
- Golf Guidance 2.0
- Indoor Dining
- Overnight Summer Camps
DHHS Update for June 5
DHHS announced 80 new positive test results for COVID-19. There have now been 4,953 cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in New Hampshire. Several cases are still under investigation. Additional information from ongoing investigations will be incorporated into future COVID-19 updates. Of those with complete information, there are four individuals under the age of 18 and the rest are adults with 68% being female and 32% being male. The new cases reside in Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (16), Merrimack (10), Rockingham (10), and Belknap (3) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (26) and Nashua (14). The county of residence is being determined for one new case.
Four new hospitalized cases were identified for a total of 476 (10%) of 4,953 cases. Seven of the new cases have no identified risk factors. Community-based transmission continues to occur in the State and has been identified in all counties. Most of the remaining cases have either had travel to domestic or international locations or have had close contact with a person with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis.
DHHS has also announced 5 additional deaths related to COVID-19. We offer our sympathies to the family and friends.
- 2 female residents of Hillsborough County, 60 years of age and older
- 3 male residents of Hillsborough County, 60 years of age and older
NH Persons with COVID-19 4,953
- Recovered 3,247 (65%)
- Deaths Attributed to COVID-19 278 (6%)
- Total Current COVID-19 Cases 1,428
- Persons Who Have Been Hospitalized for COVID-19 476 (10%)
- Current Hospitalizations 89
- Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) 82,171
- Total Persons Tested at Selected Laboratories, Antibody Laboratory Tests 13,292
- Persons with Specimens Submitted to NH PHL 27,884
- Persons with Test Pending at NH PHL 1,369
- Persons Being Monitored in NH (approximate point in time) 3,975
Main Street Relief Fund
- Main Street Relief Fund – June 5, 2020 – June 12, 2020
- Grant Application Filing Period: June 5, 2020 – June 12, 2020
Governor Sununu has authorized the allocation and expenditure of $400 million from the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund (“flex funds”) to provide emergency financial relief to support New Hampshire small, for-profit businesses due to the economic disruption caused by COVID-19.
For a small for-profit business to qualify, they must:
Have submitted a Prequalification Application
Be a for-profit business
Have its principal place of business in New Hampshire
Have been in operation for at least one year prior to May 29, 2020
Anticipate a loss of revenue for 2020 due to COVID-19
Have total 2019 gross revenues of less than $20,000,000
Not currently be in bankruptcy
Not have permanently ceased operations
In addition, the following types of businesses are not eligible for grants under the Main Street Relief Fund as those businesses are or will be addressed through other programs:
Hospitals or other healthcare providers
Institutions of higher education
Elementary or secondary schools
Farmers, growers, or maple producers
Franchises or national chains
A business where the only employees are owners of the business
Important Dates & Timeline
Announcement of Program Specifics – June 5, 2020
Formal Application Period – June 5, 2020 – June 12, 2020
Deadline to File Completed Application – June 12, 2020
The Main Street Relief Fund is only available to businesses that submitted a Prequalification Application. All prequalification applicants have received an email directing them to the Final Grant Submission web form. All businesses that submitted a Prequalification Application may complete a Final Grant Submission; however, only businesses that meet all of the Main Street Relief Fund grant criteria are eligible to receive an award. No action is required at this time if prequalification applicants do not wish to participate in this program.
The Main Street Relief Fund Grant award amounts will be calculated based on the grant formula determined by using the information provided by small businesses in their Prequalification Applications. The State of New Hampshire is not directing businesses on how to spend the money. Businesses must demonstrate they have experienced or anticipate they will experience a financial loss due to COVID-19 in order to qualify for a Main Street Relief Fund Grant. It is expected that businesses will use the funds to assist in covering their operational costs and legal obligations.
The Final Grant Submission must be completed and submitted by 11:59 PM on Friday, June 12, 2020, using only the DRA web portal. It is recommended that submissions be finalized as early as possible before the deadline. Businesses that require assistance from the DRA may contact the Call Center, which is available at (603) 230-5000, Option 0, from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.
To determine the grant amount for an eligible business as part of the Main Street Relief Fund program utilize the below Grant Formula:
- Step 1. Calculate the business’s anticipated gross loss, by subtracting estimated 2020 gross receipts from actual 2019 gross receipts (“anticipated gross loss”).
- Step 2. Subtract 50% of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) amount and 100% of all other federal funds from the anticipated gross loss (“qualified loss”).
- Step 3. Sum the qualified losses of all businesses (“total qualified loss”).
- Step 4. Divide the total fund balance of $400M by the total qualified loss (“pro rata percentage”).
- Step 5. Multiply the pro rata percentage by a business’s qualified loss.
- Step 6. If the result of the previous step is above $350K, the business will only receive $350K; in all other cases, the business receives the amount calculated in Step 5.