April in a Pandemic
The weird thing about COVID-19 is that we knew it was coming, yet are surprised that it is suddenly here. New Hampshire cases are rising, and social distancing in April is critical to controlling its spread. Staying home is preferred, so that means we are going to use local businesses and resources. I have been collecting information to hopefully help make it easier to find what you are looking for and stay safe.
In late March, Governor Sununu issued Emergency Order 17 that designated essential services that could remain open during the pandemic. The aim was to provide guidance on how get the stuff you need while minimizing possible transmission of the virus. With the help of the Durham Business Association and Newmarket Business Association, I put together a directory of essential services. Since the virus itself makes things very fluid, I will update it frequently. If I missed someone, send me an email and I will add them.
One helpful tip for maintaining sanity in a quarantine is to get outside and enjoy our open spaces. Durham has a wide variety of walking trails and biking routes. In order for them to remain safe, residents need to be creative and not all crowd a single area. If the parking lot is full, it is a good idea to try a different trail. A new trail map can be found at the Town of Durham website and will help give you an idea of the options.
For cyclists, Durham Point Road to Newmarket and Packers Fall Road back to Durham is an excellent loop.
Stay safe, practice social distancing, and help us get through this crisis as soon as possible.