Health & Licensing Services
The Health Services Division fosters a culture of food safety and community resilience through ongoing public outreach and education, and routine inspections of a variety of different types of establishments. We license special events such as races, farmers markets, fairs, and holiday parades as well as respond to community concerns.
FSE REOPENING GUIDANCE
As you may have already heard in the media, Governor Sununu has issued Emergency Order 40 that extends the Stay at Home order until May 31, 2020. Along with this order, guidelines for Stay at Home 2.0 were announced. This includes Universal Guidelines for all businesses as wells as specific sector reopening guidelines including Retail Stores and Restaurants. These can be accessed at: https://www.governor.nh.gov/news-media/stay-at-home/
Starting May 18th as part of Stay at Home 2.0, restaurants in NH will be permitted to serve food in outdoor areas only. Restaurants are required to adhere to the Restaurant Guidelines. To assist in preparing for this, an infographic above has been developed for restaurants. Also, please be aware that if you are adding seating to a new outdoor area and plan to offer alcoholic beverages, you must notify the NH Liquor Commission. Additional information about this notification process is available at https://www.nh.gov/liquor/enforcement/
For more information regarding COVID-19 preparedness for food establishments, please see the following resources:
1. Best Practices for Retail Food Stores, Restaurants, and Food PickUp/Delivery Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic - https://www.fda.gov/food/food-safety-during-emergencies/best-practices-retailfood-stores-restaurants-and-food-pick-updelivery-services-during-covid-19
2. Re-opening Best Practices Checklist and Infographic for Retail Food Establishments that Closed or Partially Closed Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic - https://www.fda.gov/food/cfsan-constituent-updates/fda-issues-reopening-best-practices-checklist-and-infographic-retail-food-establishmentsclosed-or
If you have any general questions concerning COVID-19, please contact 2-1-1.
For food safety questions, please contact email@example.com.
Gwen Williams BS, MPH, Health & Licensing Officer
Click here for Reopening 2.0 Safety Infographic for Restaurants
Restaurants with an existing liquor license who wish to serve alcohol in a COVID-19 approved outdoor seating as of May 18th 2020 may do so by sending a letter of intent to the NH State Liquor Commission. The email address is reopen@Liquor.nh.gov.
Please be aware that this form may change as we refine our outdoor seating guidance. If you utilize this form for submission, you will not be required to resubmit again in the event that new forms are generated. Covid-19 Outdoor Seating submissions are valid for the duration of Executive Order 2020-40 and are subject to change at the discretion of the Governor’s Office.