May 1, 2021

State officials release ‘Universal Best Practices’ for businesses starting May 7

State officials have released an outline of what they call “best practices” for businesses, with…

State officials have released an outline of what they call “best practices” for businesses, with some changes permitted to take effect one week from tomorrow. The state is hoping to streamline the process.Starting May 7, the state will replace the “Safer at Home 2.0 Business Guidance” with what is called “Best Practices.” It is a list of ways businesses can ease into re-opening.“A lot of our retailers were going above and beyond what the state was mandating anyway,” said Nancy Kyle, president of the New Hampshire Retail Association. “So, this is something they will continue to do and keep customers and employees safe.”There are recommendations on screening employees, cleaning, ventilation, plexiglass barriers, spacing, and masks. For the first time, officials have asked businesses to encourage employee vaccinations.>> See full document“Give them a bonus, give them paid time off to go get vaccinated,” Kyle said.The CEO of Great New Hampshire Restaurants Tom Boucher is in agreement.“In fact, we’re starting a $100 incentive for our employees to get vaccinated, to encourage them, it’s not a mandate,” Boucher said. “We’re not telling them they have to. But, for those that feel they’re on the fence, maybe $100 might push them over the edge.”Boucher said his restaurants require employees to wear masks and for customers when not eating or drinking. Now, he has taken a customer survey asking how patrons feel about easing safety measures in the future.He has received more than 5,000 responses so far.“It’s leaning a little bit towards, people want to be a little bit more cautious, just for a little bit longer,” Boucher said. “But again, those tallies are coming in, I feel like it’s primary day in New Hampshire.”Businesses can still enforce their own safety measures.

State officials have released an outline of what they call “best practices” for businesses, with some changes permitted to take effect one week from tomorrow. The state is hoping to streamline the process.

Starting May 7, the state will replace the “Safer at Home 2.0 Business Guidance” with what is called “Best Practices.” It is a list of ways businesses can ease into re-opening.

“A lot of our retailers were going above and beyond what the state was mandating anyway,” said Nancy Kyle, president of the New Hampshire Retail Association. “So, this is something they will continue to do and keep customers and employees safe.”

There are recommendations on screening employees, cleaning, ventilation, plexiglass barriers, spacing, and masks. For the first time, officials have asked businesses to encourage employee vaccinations.

>> See full document

“Give them a bonus, give them paid time off to go get vaccinated,” Kyle said.

The CEO of Great New Hampshire Restaurants Tom Boucher is in agreement.

“In fact, we’re starting a $100 incentive for our employees to get vaccinated, to encourage them, it’s not a mandate,” Boucher said. “We’re not telling them they have to. But, for those that feel they’re on the fence, maybe $100 might push them over the edge.”

Boucher said his restaurants require employees to wear masks and for customers when not eating or drinking. Now, he has taken a customer survey asking how patrons feel about easing safety measures in the future.

He has received more than 5,000 responses so far.

“It’s leaning a little bit towards, people want to be a little bit more cautious, just for a little bit longer,” Boucher said. “But again, those tallies are coming in, I feel like it’s primary day in New Hampshire.”

Businesses can still enforce their own safety measures.