As the pandemic continues to unfold, the Monadnock Travel Council is closely monitoring CDC, state, and local guidelines to keep our travelers and residents healthy and safe. Through conscientiousness and creativity, New Hampshire had been quite successful in maintaining low virus numbers. However, due to the increase in cases, Gov. Chris Sununu announced a mask mandate for the entire state of New Hampshire beginning on November 20 and extended until March 26. For information on the current cases in the Monadnock Region, visit the NH COVID-19 website.
Socially Distancing in the Monadnock Region
While businesses and activities may look slightly different due to COVID-19 you will find a wide variety of things to do that allow for social distancing.
For instance, you can take a drive and travel back in time through the area’s historic covered bridges. Enjoy outdoor activities such as skiing and ice skating, taking care to keep yourself and others safe and healthy. Or simply hit the trails and enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds you here.
Our colder months don’t allow for outdoor dining. However, to enjoy the culinary flair for which this region is known, many restaurants offer take-out service as well as safe indoor dining, following CDC and State guidelines.
No matter what flavor of fun and relaxation you choose, the safety of residents and visitors is our highest priority. We encourage all travelers to read the latest tips and guidelines (see below) before planning your next adventure in Southwest New Hampshire.
Please wear a face covering, particularly when you are near other people.
New Hampshire COVID-19 Resources You May Find Helpful:
- Out-of-State Visitors
- Recreational and Tourism Guidance
- New Hampshire Lodging & Restaurant Association Resources
Food Services Reopening Guidance
Attractions Reopening Guidance
Lodging Reopening Guidance
Campgrounds Reopening Guidance
Know Before You Go
- Beginning on November 20, the entire state of New Hampshire has a mask mandate: “all persons over the age of 5 within the State of New Hampshire shall wear a mask or cloth face covering over their noses and mouths any time they are in public spaces, indoors or outdoors.” For details, see Emergency Order 74, near the bottom of page 2. Note that the City of Keene has a face covering ordinance that has been in effect since August 2020 and remains in effect until the Governor terminates the NH COVID-19 State of Emergency.
- Some businesses are currently operating with restricted hours or capacity and some state parks require reservations, so call ahead of time and make a reservation if needed. Note that not all programs and attractions may be available at this time, so it’s good to be informed before making a trip.
- Respect individuals and businesses by following safety protocols, such as social distancing, washing hands, and face coverings established by the CDC. Click here to find the latest New Hampshire guidelines designed to keep you and others healthy.
- Postpone your plans if any of the following apply to you and we will be happy to see you at a later time.
– If you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19;
– If you are experiencing a cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat;
– If you have had a fever in the last 48 hours;
– If you have had changes in your sense of taste or smell.
Whether you live in the Monadnock Region and are looking for guidance on what to do or you are a visitor looking to travel to the Monadnock Region, our goal is to provide information to help you plan. We strive to keep the Monadnock Region safe for our residents and visitors and ask everyone to follow the guidelines and take necessary safety precautions.