Nashua passes face covering ordinance for public, businesses

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – Employees of all businesses are required to wear face coverings when interacting with the public and when they are within 6 feet (2 meters) of a co-worker or customer, under an ordinance passed in Nashua in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Telegraph of Nashua reports the Board of Aldermen adopted the ordinance Thursday in a 10-3 vote. The ordinance also states that members of the public are required to wear face coverings when entering any business, including any outdoor area where business is being conducted, work sites or government buildings.

Face coverings also must be worn when picking up food for takeout, or when entering or present at a residential or commercial building of greater than two units while in common areas and communal spaces, according to the ordinance. Members of the public may remove their face coverings while seated at an outdoor dining table at a restaurant.

The ordinance does not apply to children under age 10.

A violation could be subject to a fine.

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SPEEDWAY MUSIC FESTIVAL

A summer music festival planned at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway has been postponed until next year because of the coronavirus.

Plans for the three-day event were approved after the speedway in Loudon learned it was losing the September top-tier NASCAR race to Las Vegas.

The Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 is still scheduled at the speedway for July 19, and could take place without fans.

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THE NUMBERS

As of Thursday, 3,935 people in New Hampshire had tested positive for the virus, an increase of 67 from the previous day. Nine new deaths were announced, bringing the total to 199.

For most people, the virus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and the infirm, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, or death.

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