CONCORD — Under Governor Chris Sununu’s Emergency Order #17, outdoor recreation is still permitted in the Granite State as long as people take added precautions to practice social distancing.
New Hampshire Fish and Game has not made any changes as of yet to seasons and all rules and regulations remain in effect and will be enforced by Conservation Officers.
Some outdoor activities still permitted include fishing, clamming (call the Clam Flat Hotline for more information at 1-800-43-CLAMS), the use of NH Fish and Game’s Wildlife Management Areas and boat ramps, and wildlife watching. Trout stocking is just beginning and fishing is a good way to relax and reduce stress.
“Fresh air and being in nature are important for our mental health and people are encouraged to recreate safely, responsibly, and close to home,” said Colonel Kevin Jordan, Chief of Law Enforcement at NH Fish and Game. “This is not the time for epic hikes or backcountry adventures. We encourage people to enjoy nature in their backyard or neighborhood and to stay a safe distance from others while doing so.”
“As we know, social distancing is an important step to slow the spread of COVID-19, so people should continue to practice social distancing if they are around other people while outside,” added Colonel Jordan. “When people are outdoors, they should avoid groups and maintain at least 6 feet of distance from anybody they pass.”