These are very difficult and uncertain times as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop at a rapid pace. It is important that good citizens listen to the guidance of public health authorities and take all the necessary precautions to keep themselves, their families and their communities safe. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the White Mountains Attractions Association and its partners wish everyone hope and support as we navigate these unchartered waters.
New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu has issued a stay-at-Home order for the State of New Hamshire and has directed all non-essential businesses that have not already voluntarily closed to end in-person and public-interacting operations by 11:59 PM Friday March 27, 2020 and to last until May 4, 2020. During this time, it is important to practice the following per the Governor’s request: stay at home, only leaving for the essentials; exercise outdoors, practicing social distancing; and check in on your neighbors, bringing groceries and supplies to those who can’t go out.
The White Mountains Attractions and our businesses are committed to doing everything we can to ensure the safety and health of our employees, communities and visitors. At this time, members of White Mountains Attractions are working together to keep the experience of visiting the White Mountains safe and enjoyable when communities are ready to welcome travelers again. We are monitoring and coordinating with local and regional health authorities, implementing health and safety regulations and trainings with employees to help keep everyone safe and happy.
We encourage visitors to continue to plan their vacations to the White Mountains for this summer. We want you to have the utmost confidence that our mountains, attractions, and businesses will be here to greet you with open arms, warm hearts and a smile as soon as it is safe to travel again.
What is the White Mountains doing to prepare visitors and the hospitality community for coronavirus?
The White Mountains Attractions Association is working daily in coordination with industry partners. We are closely following announcements and recommendations by the U.S. Travel Association and local officials in line with guidance from the CDC to communicate current information and best practices.
Can visitors come and hike in the White Mountain National Forest?
The trails are open but we urge visitors to consider postponing hiking trips to a later date or find trails closer to home to explore. If you do come up to hike in the White Mountains, realize that other people may also be on the trails and the 6' of social distancing still applies to the trails. If a parking lot looks crowded, have a plan B hike in mind. All trailhead restooms are currently closed and the White Mountain National Forest has more information regarding hiking safety during this time. Additional hiking guidlines and restrictions.
How are White Mountains area restaurants impacted?
The New Hampshire Lodging and Restaurant Association is in constant conversation with relevant government agencies, lodging and hospitality partners and the National Restaurant Association to ensure the organization and the local dining community has the most up to date information.
We continue to update our White Mountains Distance Dining page with local restaruants that are offering take-out, curbside pickup, and delivery services.
What are hotels doing to ensure guest safety?
Regional hotels are implementing proactive strategies, following CDC guidelines and monitoring the information from local government agencies as they manage this issue with the wellbeing of hotel guests being of paramount concern.