New Hampshire’s governor said the Granite State is going to end its mask mandate “wicked soon,” despite daily new coronavirus cases continuing to rise.
WMUR reported that Republican Gov. Chris Sununu said the face covering mandate will end “very, very, very, very soon” during a virtual event with the Greater Portsmouth Chamber.
“I can’t tell you exactly what date it’s going to be but it’s very, I think the term we use in New Hampshire is wicked soon, wicked soon, so, we’re there,” he said, according to WHDH.
Sununu noted most of the regulations implemented amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on businesses may be lifted before Memorial Day as well, the news outlet reported.
Under New Hampshire’s current mask mandate, all Granite Staters above the age of 5 are required to wear a face covering over their noses and mouths any time they are in a public space, indoors or outdoors, where they are unable to keep at least six feet from people outside their own household.
The governor’s comments come as coronavirus infections continue to rise in the Granite State and elsewhere in the country. As of Wednesday, there were 3,544 active COVID-19 cases and 118 current hospitalizations linked to the virus in New Hampshire, data from the state showed.
Although Sununu said New Hampshire is at the tail end of the public health crisis, a low coronavirus death rate and fast vaccine distribution, health care workers in the state argue they’re still seeing a rise in cases and hospitalizations, WMUR reported.
“Patients coming in with typical symptoms, respiratory distress, body aches, fever. We have five patients in our ICU only one fortunately on a ventilator,” Dr. Scott Wolf of the Southern New Hampshire Medical Center told the news outlet.
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