COVID-19 Update: Municipal Offices Open With Restrictions

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Hooksett, June 19, 2020 -  The Town of Hooksett is committed to providing a high level of service for the community, while also prioritizing the health and safety of our employees. We are monitoring the coronavirus pandemic and utilizing information from the State of NH DHHS and the CDC in our decision making. This situation is evolving daily and information will be updated as it becomes available via the town web site. The Town’s Emergency Management team is evaluating information, keeping in touch with community and State partners and will also provide updates as necessary.

STAY AT HOME EMERGENCY ORDER – The Governor has announced that he will allow the Stay at Home Order to expire on June 15, 2020 with a Safer at Home recommendation to take its place. Certain aspects of the economy must continue with restrictions such as restaurants and retail operating at 50% capacity in Hillsborough, Merrimack, Rockingham and Strafford Counties, while everyone should be following the State’s Universal Guidelines.

Tennis Courts and Dog Park will reopen on June 19, 2020. Please review the Governor’s Reopening Guidance document, Stay at Home 2.0 “Outdoor Attractions”. Hooksett strongly encourages users of these facilities to please wear a face covering and keep a 6 foot separation to others when coming to the court or park area.

TOWN OFFICES - TO OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ON JUNE 23, 2020 – All departments in the Town Office Building will reopen on June 23, 2020 to the public from 8 AM – 4:30 PM on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 8 am -6:30 pm on Wednesday and 8 am to 12 pm on Friday.  It is still recommended that you continue to complete as many transactions as you can online, mail or drop box whenever possible. The Town Clerk/Tax Collection Department will be limited to two customers in the office at a time to maintain proper social distancing.  Hooksett strongly encourages customers to please wear a face covering and keep a 6 foot separation to others when coming to the building. Masks can be provided if you don’t have one of your own.

Town Hall Gym: Gym is closed until further notice

PLAYGROUNDS & SKATEBOARD PARK – TO OPEN - While we have no way to clean these surfaces within current CDC recommendations,  all of our public courts and playgrounds will open on June 23, 2020 - use at your own risk. Please maintain all social distancing and hygiene recommendations.

Fire Department will remain at full operation, subject to the following COVID-19 provisions: https://www.hooksett.org/sites/g/files/vyhlif4541/f/uploads/covid_update......

Police Department will remain at full operation, subject to the following COVID-19 provisions: https://www.hooksett.org/sites/g/files/vyhlif4541/f/uploads/hooksett_pol......

Public Library- PORCH PICKUP: YOUR CONTACTLESS CURBSIDE LIBRARY SERVICE 

The library will begin offering porch pickup for items already in the building starting June 9 – by appointment only.  The week of June 15th, we will begin pickup of new item holds.Note that the library will offer these services for Hooksett Library cardholders within reduced hours, and the library building will remain closed to the public.

Here's a link to the Library service page:

https://hooksettlibrary.org/library-news/2020/06/03/porch-pickup-service...

Public Works Dept.:   The Recycling and Transfer will remain open for recycling and trash drop offs.  The Highway and Parks and Recreation offices are open to the public on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. It is still encouraged to conduct communications via telephone, 603-668-8019 or e-mail ([email protected]  or [email protected] ) when possible.

Wastewater Division: The Wastewater Division office (http://www.hooksettsewer.com/ ) will  open for the business and customer service on June 23, 2020.  (603-485-7000) or email ([email protected] )

It has been 95 days since closing Town Hall to the public. I want to thank staff for their hard work and dedication in making this unique measure work. We greatly appreciate Hooksett residents, businesses and property owners for their patience and understanding throughout this crisis.  The COVID 19 pandemic is not over. Resident are encouraged to continue to practice social distancing, wearing face masks when out in public and follow proper hygiene recommendations. The number of new COVID cases is dropping, but Hooksett should continue to be diligent about following the health safety protocols until the emergency order is fully lifted.

Respectfully submitted,

Andre L. Garron, Town Administrator

Town of Hooksett

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