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. 

Struggling with loneliness

I live in Hampton Beach, and I love the community—I call Hampton my adopted city. I’ve been very fortunate to still be working, but every day is a challenge because I live alone, I’m the only member of my family in the state, and I have not been able to have my family over to visit me. I struggle with not being able to go get my haircut, to the gym, or just the simple basic things in life. I ask that Governor Sununu please loosen things up and open at least the businesses the federal government has recommended. I

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Continued stay at home order will be devastating for our business and our family

I am a single mom, home owner, and small business owner. The impact to my business from the stay at home order has been significant. I am responsible for providing work and income for three independent contractors. Because of the shut down, we have continued working outside but have had no interior work. That has caused serious income decline for me and my subcontractors. We all have mortgages to pay and mouths to feed. If this continues, our losses will be devastating. Let workers go back to work, earn their living and feed their children. Despite what the media would

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Business and elderly clients are shells of themselves

I have a cleaning business that has contracted to a shell of itself. This story is not about money—lucky for me, I am not a typical consumer and have multiple sources of income. I presently am going to one account every two weeks. My client is elderly and was a very youthful 80-year-old before this started. She is a recent widow and has no socialization going on, per the Governor’s order. Her friend in the house is the television, which I have repeatedly told her is not her friend. As the weeks pass, I watch her skin sallow, and her

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Forced to close or sell our business

I’m a 58 year old handicapped women that owned a very successful business in Worcester, MA for 28 years. I gave that business to my son, and we opened in NH 2 years ago because we bought a house in Hampton. I could work out of my home for free, but it’s not allowed because of extreme prejudice and excessive regulation against body art establishments, so I have to pay extremely high rent to be in the mall in Newington. Then we got hit with COVID-19, and with the shut down, we still have to pay rent and utilities at

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Twelve years of hard work about to be lost

I started my business in March of 2008. A small barbershop in Somersworth NH. At the time, I was sleeping in the hallway in the back of the shop, cooking on a hot plate, and bathing in a Rubbermaid bin with a hose I hooked up from the sink. I couldn’t afford an apartment and shop rent so I did what I had to do. I sold everything I owned to outfit the shop to open. After a year, I made enough money to not only rent an apartment but also move to a bigger location in Dover and add

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Doctor’s prescription to walk the closed beaches

As more and more basic freedoms were being taken from me, when the beaches were shut down, the closing required me to go to my physician’s office to ask for a prescription to keep up my daily practice of walking the beach barefooted and deep breathing the salt air. This is my basic medical practice of keeping my immune system strong and healthy. I can list the scientific, medical reasons as to why this is ground zero to protect me, certainly from COVID, but all my medical needs. The constant breaking of my 1st Amendment rights is criminal. Gail Wall

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Waiting for time sensitive ESSENTIAL surgery

In mid-March I was told that my MRI revealed the pain and swelling in my knee was due to my meniscus root being torn off the bone. This repair is time sensitive and must be done within a specific window or it will escalate to a full blown knee replacement. Unfortunately, my doctor told me that NH has stopped all non life-threatening surgeries, and I would be called to schedule my surgery once they were able to do surgeries once again. Then, within a few days of that news, I was laid off. My employer paid our April health insurance

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Social Worker: Stay at home orders magnifying mental illness, unsafe homes

I am a clinical social worker with a background in behavioral health. Although, I am able to see some clients thru tele health not all clients are appropriate for this venue, due to their mental instability, lack of technology and unsafe home environments. Ongoing stay at home orders are causing an increase in mental illness, domestic violence and substance misuse. Some NH residents have no home to shelter in place. For many people home is an unsafe environment and others have no access to technology in order to remain connected to their Case Managers, Therapists and Substance Abuse Clinicians that

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