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Lawyer-librarian responds to legal question about library policy that mandates wearing face masks: If a library has a policy requiring users to wear face masks, how do patrons with disabilities that directly conflict with mask-wearing use the library?
Court ruling based on Jacobson v. Massachusetts, 197 U.S. 11 (1905), and subsequent New Hampshire cases adopting and following the reasoning in Jacobson: In short, these cases adopt Cicero’s maxim salus populi suprema lex esto (the health of the people is the supreme law) and explain that the health of the many overrule the rights of the few in the context of preventing or combating the spread of infectious disease where the prescribed treatment is not merely a pretext to rob the individual or his or her rights.
This interactive map, engineered in partnership with Georgia Tech and the Applied Bioinformatics Laboratory, shows the risk level of attending an event, given the event size and location (assuming 10:1 ascertainment bias).
The Overview Dashboard is a high-level snapshot that shows key COVID-19 metrics on a single screen.
Tips from the CDC on how to wear, care for and also make your own cloth masks.
NH LEGAL AID is OPEN during the State of Emergency.
Current Active COVID-19 Cases in NH. The State of New Hampshire's COVID-19 Dashboard displays the most recent data available that is reported to the NH Department of Health and Human Services regarding cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, with further demographic detail and county of residence.
All Compendium of Information on the Coronavirus COVID-19 in New Hampshire.
Governor Chris Sununu formed of the Governor's Economic Re-Opening Task Force, which will develop a plan and oversee the state and private-sector actions needed to reopen New Hampshire's economy while minimizing the adverse impact on public health. Pursuant to RSA 91-A:2, this meeting is open to the public.
Visit this NH Government sponsored site to file for unemployment in NH.
NHMA is a non-profit, non-partisan membership association established in 1941. It is a member-funded, member-governed, and member-driven association that works to strengthen New Hampshire cities and towns and enhance their ability to serve the public. Through the collective power of cities and towns, NHMA promotes effective municipal government by providing education, training, advocacy and legal services.
New and emerging insights into COVID-19 (video recording).
OCLC, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Battelle are conducting research on how long the COVID-19 virus survives on materials that are prevalent in libraries, archives, and museums. The project will draw upon the research to produce authoritative, science-based information on how—or if— materials can be handled to mitigate exposure to staff and visitors.
Library trustees have unique authority over the library. Unlike other municipal departments, which are subject to the rules and regulations promulgated by the select board, libraries are subject to their own governance structure under RSA chapter 202-A. This means library trustees must make decisions about rules for library access, employment rules, and as well as services offered by libraries during the time of the pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact library services. Libraries play a critical role (both in person and virtually) in communities and in higher education institutions and schools. In many areas, libraries have closed voluntarily or have been closed by state and federal governments; yet, many have continued to provide virtual or remote library services. While some libraries have remained open, others remain closed (but still have books or other library materials being returned) or are planning to reopen. Thus, there is a need for guidance on maintaining safe library facilities, for both library employees and patrons. This document is intended to provide guidance and considerations for a range of libraries including community, higher education or school libraries.
Information on how to apply for SBA Disaster loans.
Following the Governor’s March 13, 2020 declaration of a State of Emergency under RSA 4:45, and pursuant to the emergency powers granted under RSA 490:6-a, New Hampshire Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Gary E. Hicks outlines orders mitigate the risks associated with COVID-19 in this document.
Stay-at-Home 2.0/Safer at Home Guidelines from the NH Governor's Task Force, covering best practices for sports, beach visits, entertainment, and more, during the pandemic.
Temporary Rule: Paid Leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Facts sheets and questions and answers for consumers during the pandemic crisis.
The U.S. Department of Labor publication: Unemployment Insurance Program Letter (UIPL) 16-20, providing guidance to states for implementation of the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program.
New provisions for voting by absentee ballot during the pandemic...
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