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NH State Parks

Phased Reopening Guidelines

Effective May 1, 2020:  

Maintaining the safety of our visitors and staff remains a top priority for the New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation. The Stay at Home 2.0 plan permits NH state public parks to open according to the effective dates noted below and under the summarized conditions listed below.  

These policies and procedures to protect consumers and employees exist in addition to strict adherence to guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)


View full guidance for state parks   


Guidance Summary:

  • State Park Employees must be screened as outlined in the Universal Guidelines  for All New Hampshire Employers and Employees.  

  • Employees must be trained and educated on safe practices as it relates to hygiene, sanitation, social distancing and illness policies. Staff must be provided proper PPE as needed. Cashiers and customer service representatives are required to wear a cloth face covering.  

  • State vehicles and hand tools should be wiped down after staff use each day.   

  • Park visitors should be asked to remain home if sick. They should be asked to maintain a safe distance of at least 6 feet from others and wear a cloth covering over their mouth and nose if other visitors or staff are the same area.  

  • Public ocean beaches must remain CLOSED for all.  

  • Playgrounds and boat rentals must remain closed.  

  • Water bubblers and fountains must be turned off. Parks must provide messaging to visitors that they should bring their own supply of water.  

  • Handling of cash and credit/debit must be limited and online sales or touchless transactions should be utilized wherever possible. Parks must provide for cash payments in their reservation system, if feasible.  

  • If a reservation must be canceled due to illness, parks must refund the entire amount of the reservation, minus the reservation fee, in five days or less.  They must also waive the $15 fee for campground cancellations, if applicable.  

  • All campsite areas and surfaces and park premises must be cleaned and disinfected, especially high-touch surfaces, regularly or after use.  

  • Parks must post signage to notify the public about need to social distance, use proper hygiene and wear face covering when in public places.   

  • Parks must make and/or provide access to hand washing stations and alcohol-based hand sanitizer.  

  • There are specific guidelines for operating the Flume Gorge, Inland Beaches and Off-highway Recreational Vehicle (OHRV) motorized trails. Parking and amenities must be limited.  See detailed guidelines for these, here.  



  • Public ocean beaches must remain CLOSED for all.