The unintended consequences of Governor Sununu’s stay at home order has been far-reaching — from tens of thousands unemployed, tens of thousands with reduced income and hours, empty and nearly bankrupt hospitals, needed medical and dental procedures postponed, “non-essential” businesses on the brink of bankruptcy — and most in our state are unaware of the collateral damage that our fellow citizens are suffering. Please read and share these stories, and even add your own. 

Running out of money

We have a family friend who runs three business, a hair salon, an AirBnB and she’s a realtor. All of that came to a screeching halt thanks to the COVID-19 lockdown. Like so many people she has no income but the bills keep rolling in. Given the pattern of infection within N.H. it is long past due for most of the state to open up for business. The “cure” has already been worse than the disease given COVID-19 has a death rate of approximately 1% when you use the most accurate data. Robin Maloney Wilton, NH

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My health requires gyms to open NOW without restrictions!

When people ask me how I’m doing, I give an honest reply: “I’m gaining weight and losing my mind. It should be the other way around!” I am a 63 year old retired man. Twelve years ago I was diagnosed with diabetes. This was the good swift kick I needed. I got really serious about heath and diet. In normal times, I go to the gym every single day and spend more than two hours there. As a result, I have none of the complications or side effects of diabetes, and when they retest me I am “borderline,” which means

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Teenage son in hospital being kept from family

I wanted to share my story in hopes that it might help make a difference in reopening New Hampshire! A lot of details were left out to protect the privacy of our family and for my 14-year-old son. The last two months have been unfathomable.  My family has been separated with no tangible ending. My 14-year-old son, on March 9, was brought to Concord Hospital. He remained there for 11 days while the hospital worked to get him transferred to another facility for care. During the time he was at Concord Hospital, it was most definitely a very traumatic

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Church assemblies need to reassemble

The decision of our government to shut down our economy as had a direct impact on the lives of so many people, people I love. The first is the shut-down of our freedom to join together to freely worship, something guaranteed by the Constitution of the USA. I suppose it is easy for people to simply stay home and turn on some device to “do church” in their jammies, but call me old fashioned, a zealot, out of touch—who cares—the truth is that God’s people are the “called out ones” for a reason. We are to make an outward testimony

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Had to close my restaurants

I had two restaurants. One in Marlborough ( and on in Dublin ( I had to close them both. We have been closed since mid-March. We tried take out but being in a remote location it just did not work out. There is no delivery services in the area either. From what I hear they will “allow” restaurants to reopen on May 25th but at 50% capacity. I would think that in my locations where the tables are close together, particularly at the bar, they will not even allow that. I had a lot of money invested at both locations

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Reopening Salon May 4

I have a salon in New London New Hampshire that needs to open ASAP. I took a week to process the shut down of my business and then after that week I went right back into the salon and prepared for the safety of my staff and my clients never did I think my salon would be closed for this long. It’s a disgrace the beauty industry is one of the most regulated industries but unfortunately a lot of times it’s not enforced. The state board needs to lock down on these renters these are just hairdressers having a hobby

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Business loan useless while doors are still closed

I have been the owner of a large health club in NH for over 25 years, employing approximately 100 people. We provide a healthy lifestyle to thousands of members and are a valuable part of the community.  We will soon be entering our third month of forced closure with no definitive end in sight. How does the governor expect a business to survive that? Although my revenues have come to a complete halt my expenses have not. I have been forced to layoff a large percentage of my employees and I am still expected to pay my rent, taxes, utilities, loans….. The PPP program, while well

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Small Business Owner lost all clients

I am the owner of McCartney Bookkeeping,, and I have had all of my clients cancel contracts with me due to this shutdown. They have all had to temporarily shut down their own businesses and thus, could not afford to continue paying their bills. Because of this, all the time and money I spent building up my business over the past 5 months has gone to nothing. I can only hope these businesses will be able to resume normal activities after the stay at home order has been lifted, but I highly doubt it. It will be a long

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The impact of fitness centers and boot camps being closed

I am in the process of starting my own personal training business. The forced closing of in person operations for fitness centers and boot camps in NH is jeopardizing my ability to get my business off the ground. I need to interact with people in person to market, sell and provide personal training services. I have worked so hard on my business startup and I am on the brink of signing on new clients, but I need to do in person talks in order to do so. I wrote this presentation yesterday. Today I made the presentation virtually for the

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