What to Know Before You Go

New Hampshire is happy to be back open for business at many of our tourist attractions, dining establishments and lodging properties. We are ready to welcome visitors while using an abundance of caution to keep everyone as safe as possible.  Please view the following guidelines for visiting different areas around the state. We encourage you to contact any property you are planning to visit prior to arrival to find out about reservation guidelines, hours of operation and other visitor guidance.

Visiting New Hampshire
Mask Requirements
What's Open

Are you visiting New Hampshire from out of state?

Please visit this website for complete details on what out of state visitors need to know.

If you’re visiting New Hampshire from out of state (excluding New England) for an overnight trip at a lodging property, you’re required to provide signed documentation stating you remained at home for at least a 14 day quarantine* period prior to arriving in the state. This documentation will be provided at your lodging destination. Lodging properties include hotels, motels, B&Bs, cabins, cottages, condominiums, and other short-term rentals. For complete lodging guidance, please click here.

*Quarantine period includes going out of your home for essential items only, and wearing a cloth face covering if you are not able to maintain at least 6 feet social distance from other people when outside your home.

Mask Requirements?

New Hampshire currently has no statewide mandate requiring masks or face coverings. Individual towns and cities have initiated their own ordinances as detailed below.  

Concord – City passed an ordinance requiring people five and older to wear face coverings at all times when inside businesses. People are encouraged to use them when using city trails, sidewalks and other public places. Specifics are here.
Dover – Adopted resolution requesting the use of face coverings in all public places. Further details are here.
Durham – Enacted an emergency ordinance requiring the wearing of face coverings under certain conditions.  Specific details are here.
Enfield – Adopted an ordinance requiring use of facemasks in public places. Additional information can be found here.
Exeter – The town of Exeter adopted a mask ordinance requiring the public to wear face coverings under certain conditions within town. Specifics of the ordinance are here.
Hanover – Enacted an emergency mask ordinance requiring the use of masks in public places. Find specific details here.
Keene – City adopted a mask ordinance requiring face coverings in all indoor and outdoor public spaces. Further specifics outlined here.
Lebanon – Approved a mask ordinance requiring the use of masks in public places as outlined here.
Lyme – Adopted a resolution requesting residents and visitors wear a face covering when social distancing in public areas is not possible. Details are here.
Nashua – Issued a citywide ordinance requiring face coverings in public settings where social distancing is not possible. Details are here.
New London – Adopted a resolution requiring face coverings be worn in public places. Specific details can be found here.
Newmarket – Adopted an emergency ordinance mandating face coverings in public settings for everyone. Additional information here.
Plainfield – Adopted an ordinance requiring face coverings in various public settings. Details outlined here.
Portsmouth – Passed a resolution requiring face coverings to be worn at all times in the city as outlined here.
Plymouth – Approved a mandate for masks to be worn in all public spaces. Specific details can be found here.

What’s open in NH?

Amusement Parks
Attractions
Beaches
Bowling & Entertainment Centers
Campgrounds
Drive-In Movie Theaters
Golf Courses
Lodging
Movie Theaters
Museums & Art Galleries
New Hampshire State Parks
Performing Arts
Pools
Rest Areas/Welcome Centers
Restaurants
Retail Stores
Tourist Trains

Amusement Parks
Effective June 29, 2020 amusement parks can reopen for daily operations but with a limit of 25% capacity. If you are planning to visit an amusement park, you are required to pre-register or pre-purchase admission tickets prior to arriving at the park. Customers are encouraged to limit the number of personal items you take with you to the facility. Additional details on guidance to protect employees and consumers is located here.

Attractions
Outdoor activities located in recreational or natural settings, can resume operations while adhering to the guidance outlined here. This applies to small groups of 10 people or less and includes biking centers, canoe and kayak rentals, mini-golf, outdoor driving ranges, outdoor shooting ranges, small fishing charters, paint ball, and outdoor guiding services (fishing, hunting, and hiking). This guidance also applies to outdoor and nature based experiential attractions and business, including: agro-tourism, outdoor walking trails, tours and paths, batting cages, zip lines, chairlifts, ropes courses/aerial parks, disk golf, open off-road vehicle tours, natural science centers, garden tours, diving tours and lessons, caves, petting zoos, balloon rides, helicopter and plane rides (groups fewer than 5) and white water rafting.

All customers should be asked to wear a cloth facemask when within the facility or public spaces when social distancing is not possible.

Beaches
All beaches on New Hampshire’s Seacoast are open for all activities but are limited to groups of 10 people or less. Activities include sunbathing, sand sports, picnicking and other stationary activities as well as recreational activities such as walking, running, swimming, surfing, kayaking and paddle boarding. Visitors should still maintain social distancing guidelines. The guidance is here.

Parking restrictions remain in effect to limit the number of groups on the beach. At this time, there is no public parking along NH 1A and NH 1B except in the State Park. All state owned public parking lots are limited to 50% capacity. Visitors with pre-paid or discounted access to NH State Parks (parks plates, season passes, military and seniors) are strongly encouraged to make an online reservation as parking areas fill quickly when operating at 50% capacity. Dropping off people or beach items in parking areas is not permitted.

Hampton Beach South and Wallis Sands currently require parking reservations for day use. Make reservations here.

Resident parking only will be allowed on town roads and at beach access points along NH 1A and NH 1B. No drop offs are permitted along NH 1A or NH 1B to access the beaches.

Bowling & Entertainment Centers
Bowling & entertainment centers have resumed daily business operations. This includes bowling facilities as well as arcades, laser tag, billard halls, etc. All facilities must ensure they are adapting to the new business processes as well as guidelines to protect their employees and consumers outlined here. Customers need to be prepared with a mask or cloth face covering as they may be asked to wear it if social distancing is difficult to maintain.

Campgrounds
Campgrounds (public and private) are now open to NH residents, members, or out of state visitors. Visitors from outside of New England will need to meet the 14-day quarantine requirement. Members include people who have a seasonal or year round pass or rental agreement. Members are not required to meet the quarantine requirement. Specific guidance relative to the facilities, check-in procedures, as well as efforts to protect employees and consumers are here.

Drive-In Movie Theaters
New Hampshire drive-in movie theaters are all currently open but must adapt to new business processes as well as the guidelines to protect their employees and consumers outlined here. Customers should be aware, they must maintain proper social distancing, staying in or immediately around their cars.

Golf Courses
Public and private golf courses in New Hampshire are open to the public. Guests should be prepared to bring their own clubs, and not allow anyone else to handle them. Guests should also be prepared to wear a mask or cloth face covering when around others in settings where social distancing may be difficult. All facilities must follow new business processes and guidelines to protect their employees and consumers detailed here.

Lodging
Hotels, motels, B&B’s, Inns, cabin communities and similar accommodations, including short-term rentals are now accepting overnight reservations from NH residents or out of state visitors who have met the 14 day quarantine requirement. All lodging properties must ensure they are following the specific business process adaptations as well as the guidelines to protect employees and consumers outlined here. Guests should be prepared to wear a mask or cloth face covering when moving within the facility if social distancing is not possible. For example, during check-in or check-out, and when going to or from a guest room.

Movie Theaters
Beginning June 29, 2020 movie theaters can reopen to the public but with limitations to 50% occupancy. Customers are encouraged to pre-purchase tickets prior to arrival, and should receive a timeframe to enter the theater and go through ticketing in order to avoid congregating and waiting in the lobby. Additional business processes as well as guidance to help protect the health of employees and consumers is located here.

Museums & Art Galleries
Museums and art galleries in NH are open to the public. All businesses are required to follow new business process and guidance to ensure the health and safety of customers, employees and volunteers that is outlined here. Guests should have a mask or face covering to wear while they are in the facility and not able to maintain safe social distancing.

New Hampshire State Parks
Many of New Hampshire’s State Park properties are open, with various guidelines and restrictions in place to prevent overcrowding and to maintain safe social distancing. Facility specifics, as well as efforts to protect employees and consumers are here. If you are planning to visit a day-use park, reservations are required and you can reserve a pass online here.   If you are interested in visiting one of the State Park campgrounds, check openings, availability and make a reservation here.

Performing Arts
Effective June 29, 2020 performing arts centers can open to the public at 50% capacity. Customers are encouraged to buy tickets prior to arrival at the venue. Customers should wear face coverings when entering and exiting the facility, waiting in lines, buying food/drink and moving to and from the theater or restrooms when social distancing is difficult to maintain. Face coverings are not required when sitting and watching the performance as long as appropriate social distancing is maintained. Additional guidance to help protect employees and customers is here.

Pools  
All pools are open to the public. This includes public pools, pools at campgrounds or commercial swimming pools (pools where a fee is charged). People must maintain social distancing of 6 feet at all times even when in the pool. Specific guidance relative to facilities as well as activities, and things such as swim meets is detailed here.

Rest Areas/Welcome Centers
New Hampshire’s Rest Areas and Welcome Centers will reopen to the traveling public beginning this Friday, July 31, 2020.   Hours of operation and locations of the 12 facilities can be found here.

Restaurants
The food service/restaurant industry has expanded from take-out and curbside delivery dining and outdoor dining to again offering indoor seating in the following counties: Belknap, Coos, Carroll, Cheshire, Grafton and Sullivan, however seated dining areas are limited in capacity. Indoor seating is also allowed again in Hillsborough, Merrimack, Rockingham and Strafford Counties, with a 50% capacity occupancy. Customers should wear a cloth face covering when entering and exiting a facility to protect other patrons and employees during seating and exiting, of when getting up to use the restroom. Cloth face covering are not necessary when a customer is seated and dining outdoors. The guidance outlining steps restaurants must take to keep employees safe, as well as what customers can expect in this phase of re-opening are detailed here.

Retail Stores
Retail businesses have re-opened their facilities. Businesses must ensure they are following new business process adaptations as well as the guidelines to protect employees and consumers detailed here. Customers are expected to wear cloth face coverings at all times when inside stores.

Tourist Trains
Tourist trains are reopen for daily operations but must adapt to the new business processes as well as the guidelines to protect their employees and customers as outlined here.  Passengers are required to wear cloth face coverings while in the passenger car except while consuming food or beverage.

For additional guidance for sectors to follow as the welcome back customers, clients and visitors, please click here.