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COVID-19: Ruling favors Nashua’s mask mandate

Associated Press
Published: 7/13/2020 9:13:10 PM
Modified: 7/13/2020 9:13:07 PM

CONCORD — Nashua’s face-covering ordinance and the New Hampshire governor’s declaration of a state of emergency because of the coronavirus will stand while they’re being challenged in court, a judge ruled Monday.

Andrew Cooper, a Nashua resident, had filed a request for a preliminary injunction as part of his lawsuit seeing to end Gov. Chris Sununu’s emergency declaration and the city’s rules requiring members of the public ages 10 and older to wear face masks when entering any business, work site or government building.

He argued that Sununu lacked the authority to make the declaration because “there is no ‘emergency’ in New Hampshire,” a claim that Hillsborough County Superior Court Judge Jacalyn Colburn said defied common sense.

“As anyone not living in a cave for the past few months would now, the State, the Country, and the entire world are in the midst of a once-in-a-century pandemic event,” she wrote in denying the motion.

The judge was equally blunt in rejecting Cooper’s claim that the mask ordinance infringes on his freedom of speech. She noted that the U.S. Supreme Court established more than a century ago that actions taken in response to a public health emergency should be upheld as long as they have a substantial relation to public health and safety and do not constitute a “plain, palpable invasion of rights.”

“Here, it is plain-as-day that the ordinance bears a substantial relation to public health and safety,” she wrote.

“It seems common sense — to everyone except the plaintiff, his attorney, and his expert — that requiring individuals to cover their faces while indoors will help reduce the transmission of a highly contagious virus that is spread through the air.”

Vermont joins suit on ICE foreign student immigration rule

BURLINGTON — The state of Vermont is suing the Department of Homeland Security to block a rule that would require foreign students to leave the country if their school only provides classes online this fall, the Attorney General’s office said Monday.

Vermont is one of 17 states and the District of Columbia that filed suit Monday, arguing the rule is cruel and unlawful.

Last week, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement notified colleges that international students would have to leave the U.S. or transfer to another college if their schools operate entirely online this fall.

Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan says the rule would be a huge loss to Vermont and its students. As of Friday, The University of Vermont had 566 active students from 67 countries who could be affected.

UVM is currently planning to bring students back to campus for the fall semester with a combination of in-person and remote classes.

No new deaths in Twin States

Six additional people tested positive for the virus in Vermont, bringing the statewide case total since the pandemic began to just over 1,300, the Health Department reported Monday.

Of the new cases, one was reported in Chittenden County, two in Rutland, two in Lamoille and one in Caledonia counties.

The state death toll remains at 56, where it has remained for almost a month.

On Friday, state officials reported the average age of people infected with the virus has dropped to below 40. During the opening weeks of the pandemic in March and April, the average age was between 50 and 55.

As of Sunday, 6,054 people had tested positive for the virus in New Hampshire, and 391 had died. The number of infections is thought to be far higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected with the virus without feeling sick.

Vermonters can applyfor housing assistance

Vermonters who are having trouble paying their rent are now able to apply for help via a $25 million program run by the Vermont State Housing Authority.

Homeowners who are having trouble making mortgage payments will be eligible for assistance through the Vermont Housing Finance Agency.

The Vermont Landlord Association will be helping landlords whose tenants are unable to pay their rent.

NH businesses worriedabout keeping customers

Maintaining sales and customers is by far the top concern of New Hampshire businesses struggling through the coronavirus pandemic, according to a recent survey.

The New Hampshire Small Business Development Center used some of its $1.28 million in federal virus aid funding to survey 1,549 businesses in 172 cities and towns between June 10 and 24. More than four out of five said they are very or somewhat concerned with maintaining sales and customers. A majority of respondents also are very or somewhat concerned about access to capital, supply chain disruptions, timely payment of bills, liability and workplace cleaning.

Only 19% of respondents said they had a resiliency plan in place before the pandemic, prompting the development center to schedule several “Small Business Resiliency Academies” across the state.

The center is a cooperative venture of the U.S. Small Business Administration, the state Department of Business and Economic Affairs, the University of New Hampshire and the private sector.




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