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Coronavirus Coverage - Business and Economy

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Booms, clangs and bangs — the sounds of a healthy supply chain — continue to echo on the production floor of Hitchiner Manufacturing in Milford.

While retailers and restaurants across New Hampshire are facing a sudden disruption in business, Hitchiner, like many of the state’s manufacturers, hasn’t yet felt the impact of the coronavirus epidemic.

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Schools are closed. Restaurants and bars have been banned from serving customers on-site. Even the state-owned ski area at Cannon Mountain has gone dark. It's all part of the state's effort to limit the transmission of COVID-19.

But one aspect of life in New Hampshire goes on as usual: state liquor outlets.

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Chelie Beaupre

From the minute she wakes up, Chelie Beaupre is thinking about grocery shopping. 

She’s been working 7 days a week, 12 hours a day, for the past two weeks -- getting groceries for a growing list of customers in the Manchester area who are using Instacart, an app that people can use for same-day grocery deliveries. 

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Ask some people a simple question right now - what do you do for work? - and they aren’t totally sure how to answer.

“I as a bartender,” says Helen Leavitt, unsure what tense to use.

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As hospitals take steps to prepare for a wider outbreak of coronavirus in New Hampshire, industry experts say the virus will take a toll on their balance sheets.

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UPDATE, March 19: Governor Sununu announced Wednesday, March 18, that he has ordered Cannon Mountain, a state-run ski area, to cease operations at the close of business on March 18.

“It has become clear today that large amounts of public congregation is occurring at Cannon Mountain," Sununu said in a statement. "With the weekend quickly approaching, I have instructed Cannon management to cease operations by end of business today.”

Three other areas that were open closed at the end of the day March 18: Bretton Woods, Gunstock, and Waterville Valley.

The Joinery via Facebook

Restrictions on restaurants and bars, issued in light of the coronavirus pandemic, are hitting hard for some New Hampshire small business owners – including at least one who’s already made the decision to close his doors.

Until yesterday, chef Brendan Vesey ran the Joinery in Newmarket, serving his take on Southern food in a refurbished mill downtown.

The restaurant was already running on thin margins, Vesey says – “the receipts that are coming in from this week are paying the bills from last week.”

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Gov. Chris Sununu issued a series of orders Tuesday morning aimed at softening the financial blow for New Hampshire residents dealing with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.  

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Historic measures to combat the spread of coronavirus in New Hampshire mean it's not the Saint Patrick’s Day many Irish pubs in the state were hoping for.

Siobhan Andrikowich is general manager of the Barley House in Concord. She broke the news to her staff last night, after Gov. Chris Sununu ordered bars and restaurants to close except for takeout and delivery.


New Hampshire is prohibiting all public gatherings of more than 50 people, as well as ordering all restaurants in the state to serve customers through takeout or delivery only, in the latest moves meant to curtail the spread of the coronavirus.

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Courtesy of Lucky's Coffee Garage

Until a few days ago, you could stop by Lucky’s Coffee Garage in Lebanon and get anything you need: a coffee, bite to eat, or even a glass of wine.

But in recent days, Lucky’s has rethought its role as a community gathering spot.

NHPR Staff

Governor Chris Sununu says he’s directed state agencies to draw up plans on how to reduce spending as COVID-19 affects the economy.

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As fears over the coronavirus lead to shortages on the shelves of some products, including hand sanitizer and face masks, regulators from New York to California are using their legal authority to prevent retailers from charging exorbitant prices. 

That includes the threat of financial fines, and in some states, possible criminal charges against retailers who price gouge.