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Know Before You Go

The White Mountains region is safe, friendly, close, and beautiful. We look forward to welcoming you back or to the White Mountains. Our attractions, hotels, restaurants, campgrounds, and retail are open and ready to welcome you back also. Visitors are advised to check websites or call business establishments in the event of modified hours of operations and operating guidelines.

Have a Plan

Think about where you want to go before you leave home and familiarize yourself with what to expect when you get there. Review the website of the places you wish to visit to learn about restrictions and special instructions for visiting in advance of arrival. The guidelines provided today might be different tomorrow. Businesses and Attractions are following state-issued guidelines from Covidguidance.NH.gov .

Postpone If You Are Not Feeling Well

If you or anyone you are traveling with is feeling ill and/or has any of the COVID-19 symptoms, please reschedule your visit. We look forward to seeing each of you when you’re feeling better.

Be Prepared with Personal Protective Materials

Bring hand sanitizer and cloth face coverings or masks. Some businesses will have these materials available for guests as part of being open for business, but it’s a good idea to have your own as well.


When Visiting

Be Acceptant

Expect things to be different. Attractions and Businesses are adapting to the new “norms” posed by COVID-19, and we encourage you to embrace the changes designed to protect the health of everyone.

Be Considerate

Front line employees at attractions, restaurants, lodging and camping properties, retail shops, and others business are there to assist you in having a great experience. For their safety and yours, please respect business requests for you to wear masks and remember proper social distancing.

Be Respectful of Others’ Space

Different people have different levels of concern for the coronavirus, and therefore may be more – or less – worried about close contact with others. Please be thoughtful about this in our communities and businesses and stay 6 feet (2 meters) from others and wear a mask when in public areas.


Additonal Travel Guidelines

The businesses of the White Mountains are taking steps to help stop the spread of the coronavirus and keep visitors, our communities, and residents healthy. Although there is a lot of wide-open space in the White Mountains, we all need to do our part to keep each other safer. We hope everyone is visiting responsibly… and that includes wearing a mask in common areas, maintaining social distance and postponing visits when you are not feeling well. It is imperative that you Stay Safe, so we can Stay Safe and Open.

Attractions

Most Attractions are open throughout the White Mountains however visitors are encouraged to check in with respective attractions to ensure they are fully operational. Below are some of the new guidelines and limitations when visiting attractions:

  • All customers will be required to pre-register or pre-purchase tickets for admission prior to arrival
  • Employees and Customers should wear cloth face coverings when within the facility or public spaces with other individuals present, even if outdoors when social distancing is difficult to maintain
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer must be made readily available and must be placed throughout the amusement park, including at entryways, in key walkways, in food and beverage locations, in shops, at check-out locations, and at exits
  • Commonly touched surfaces, attractions, work areas, restrooms, and public areas should be frequently cleaned and disinfected according to CDC guidance at a minimum every 2 hours and at the end of each shift
  • Employee and customers should always maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others. Customer queues will be spaced out at venue entry and at ticketing booths with floor markers (every 6 ft).
  • Entry and exit points, will be marked creating one-way circulation paths inside venue when possible
  • Public seating areas will be limited
  • Amusement parks will set a maximum capacity of 35 percent occupancy capacity

For a complete list of guidelines when visiting attractions in the White Mountains, see the links below.

Amusement Parks (i.e. Santa’s Village, Story Land)

Outdoor Recreational Attractions (i.e. Lost River Gorge and summer ski areas)

Tourist Trains (i.e. Hobo Railroad, Mt. Washington Cog Railway)

Hotels

Hotels in the White Mountains are open for business however visitors are encouraged to call their hotel directly to confirm level of operation as well as specific guidelines to follow while on property. Lodging establishments may be open to residents of New England states or non-New England visitors who have met the 14-day quarantine requirement. In general, here are general guidelines visitors should know when staying in a hotel or motel while in the White Mountains:

  • Six-foot distance between people, other than family members is required
  • Cloth face coverings should be used by employees and guests when working or moving within the facility when social distancing is not possible. For guests, this includes at check-in and check-out, and when transiting to/from a guest room through the facility when social distancing is not possible
  • Hand sanitizer stations are placed in hotel lobbies and bathrooms and throughout the establishment, where appropriate
  • Sanitization of all front-of-house surfaces including door handles, screens, phones, pens, keyboards, and other areas of hand contact every two hours, at a minimum
  • Elevators, if present in the facility, should be limited to one person or associated reservation group at a time

For a complete look at guidelines and regulations while staying in hotels in the White Mountains, please click here .

Campgrounds

Campgrounds in the White Mountains are open for business however visitors are encouraged to call the campground directly to confirm level of operation as well as specific guidelines to follow while on property. Campgrounds may be open to residents of New England states or non-New England visitors who have met the 14-day quarantine requirement. In general, here are the guidelines visitors should know when staying in a campground while in the White Mountains:

  • All indoor public gathering areas may be open with at least 6 feet of distance maintained between people at all times. People should use face coverings (cloth or mask) over their noses and mouths when in public gathering areas.
  • Outdoor public gathering areas may be open with at least 6 feet of distance maintained between people at all times. People should use face coverings (cloth or mask) over their noses and mouths when in public gathering areas
  • Shower and laundry facilities may remain open pursuant to NH Public Health Guidelines and proper social distancing standards
  • RVs with and using full hookups or holding tanks are permitted without restriction

For a complete look at guidelines and regulations while staying in campgrounds in the White Mountains, please click here .

Restaurants

Take-out and delivery services at restaurants across the White Mountains is readily available. In addition, dining rooms at restaurants are allowed to open as long as adhering to social distancing guidelines. Below is what visitors should know when dining at restaurants:

  • Indoor seated dining is allowed; however, seated dining areas are limited in capacity to the number of people/tables where table spacing is able to be maintained so people sitting at adjacent tables are more than 6 feet apart, and servers and waiters/waitresses should be able to maintain social distance while interacting with tables. Any outdoor seating must maintain similar distancing
  • Bar areas can open while following social distancing protocols between groups or individuals seated at the bar (capacity may be affected to maintain the appropriate social distancing). Customers are not allowed to stand/mingle in the bar area and must be seated (no groups interacting with each other).
  • Direct customer contact employees shall wear cloth face coverings over their nose and mouth when at work and around others in settings where social distancing may be difficult (e.g. serving clients, greeting, etc.)
  • Customers should bring and wear a cloth face covering when entering and exiting a facility to protect other patrons and employees during the seating and exiting process, or when getting up to use the restroom. Cloth face coverings are not necessary while a customer is seated and dining outdoors
  • Tables are limited to no more than six (6) adults per table and no more than ten (10) individuals total

For a complete look at guidelines when dining at restaurants in the destination, please click here .

Retail

The White Mountains is home to world-class shopping as well as unique small retail businesses. Retail shops are open for business however operating under new guidelines. Here are some of the guideline’s visitors should know when visiting retail establishments within the White Mountains area:

  • Customers should always wear a cloth face covering when inside the store. Signage and staff should request this before customers enter the store
  • Hand sanitizing dispensers or sanitizer available at entrances and in common areas
  • Guidelines limit the number of customers inside a store at a given time, excluding employees and representatives of third-party delivery companies, to 50 percent or less of store occupancy based on New Hampshire’s Building and Fire Code
  • Any waiting line outside the store has demarcations spacing customers at least 6 feet apart

For a complete look at guidelines when visiting retail establishments in the destination, please click here .