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Legislature extends shutdown until May 4
In keeping with Governor Sununu’s recent emergency order 17, Senate President Donna Soucy and Speaker of the House, Steve Shurtleff have extended the shutdown of the legislature until May 4
. During this shutdown there will be no committee meetings, work sessions, public hearings or House or Senate session days (where legislators vote on bills). In addition, the State House is closed to all members of the public.
The Paycheck Protection Program: Keeping Small Business Workers Working.
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
allocates $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the “Paycheck Protection Program,” the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses who maintain their payroll during this emergency. Importantly, these loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward. The US Chamber of Commerce has provided a
Small Business Guide and Checklist
which provides information about what businesses qualify, how much can be borrowed, and whether loans can be forgiven.
Governor Outlines “Essential Businesses”
Governor Sununu issued an
“stay at home” emergency order
closing non-essential businesses throughout the state. The Governor’s office has released a
list of businesses deemed essential
. The Department of Business and Economic is asking businesses that are not on the list but believe that they provide an essential service or function to contact them to receive a designation as an essential business. These requests should be emailed to:
Q&A with Governor Sununu on WMUR-TV
Gov. Chris Sununu joined WMUR TV 9 live Friday during News 9 at 5:30 to answer viewer questions about his stay-at-home order, among other state actions to slow the spread of COVID-19.
- Watch Part 1 - The Governor answers questions about businesses staying open and which businesses have been labeled essential
- Watch Part 2 - Governor Sununu talks about quarantines and how essential workers can move around the state
- Watch Part 3 - The Governor answers questions about the time frame of the stay-at-home order and why there's such a long turnaround for test results