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Lifting Of Statewide COVID-19 Precautions Puts Decisions In Lap Of Businesses, Individuals

Gov. Chris Sununu’s surprise decision to lift New Hampshire’s statewide mask mandate this week leaves residents, businesses, local officials and health care workers with big decisions to make about their own safety and that of those around them, as COVID-19 continues to pose a risk to public health.

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A parolee gets his freedom. A reporter gets a story. They both get more than they bargained for.

While sand beaches comprise just over 30% of the world’s ice-free shorelines, the collective idea of the sand beach can sometimes cast a much bigger shadow.

That image can even have an influence on other fields of science - like plastic pollution.

Outside/In: How a Sand Beach Moves

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Justine Paradis

Even in the quietest of times, sand beaches are defined by movement and change.

“I think it's fair to say the beach is one of the most flexible or dynamic, if you will, habitats in the world. It’s super geologically unstable,” said coastal ecologist Dr. Bianca Charbonneau, also known as “the Dune Goon.”

On this edition of 10x10, we examine the systems and feedback loops on and around the sand beach, the science taking place there, and how the way beaches are changing is itself changing in a changing world.

Casey McDermott / NHPR

Gov. Chris Sununu’s surprise decision to lift New Hampshire’s statewide mask mandate this week leaves residents, businesses, local officials and health care workers with big decisions to make about their own safety and that of those around them, as COVID-19 continues to pose a risk to public health.

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The state has granted approval for a medical marijuana dispensary to open in Keene.

Temescal Wellness plans to open the site Saturday at 69 Island Street, Suite 1. It will be open to patients currently registered with its Lebanon location.

Dan Tuohy / NHPR

As NHPR tracks the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in New Hampshire, we’ve been asking you to tell us how your life is changing because of coronavirus - and we’ve welcomed your questions.

Here, we answer some of your questions, and share other important information about the coronavirus and how to stay safe.

Dan Tuohy / NHPR

New Hampshire’s statewide mask mandate expired on April 16, 2021. Although wearing face masks in public will no longer be required on the state level, private businesses, cities, towns, and organizations may continue to keep mask mandates in place as they see fit.  In some cities and towns, penalties for noncompliance may apply.

Mask wearing sign in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Dan Tuohy / NHPR

Since New Hampshire identified its first case of COVID-19 in March 2020, NHPR has been tracking the pandemic's impact on the state.

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Todd Bookman / NHPR

NHPR is continuing to cover the developing story around coronavirus in New Hampshire. Bookmark this page for the latest updates, including case numbers and other important news of the day.

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Officials in the town of Thornton have rejected a proposed cell tower on land owned by Gov. Chris Sununu’s family at the edge of the White Mountain National Forest.

Vaccine shot
Todd Bookman / NHPR

Several New Hampshire jails are postponing COVID-19 vaccination of inmates because of the pause this week on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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