By: Cherise Leclerc, WMUR News Anchor/Reporter
NASHUA, N.H. -- A 9:30 p.m. curfew in Nashua at certain indoor places like bars and restaurants was still under consideration Monday night. The city Board of Health unanimously approved the recommendation.
Health officials in the city said the focus is on public safety and local hospitals are being pushed to staffing limits. Those in the hospitality industry said they feel like they are being unfairly targeted.
The special meeting of the Board of Aldermen held on Monday was overwhelmed by pleas from those in the restaurant industry for the Aldermen not to pass the proposed curfew.
“We have 171 employees at Boston Billiard Club, if this goes through there’s over 100 people that are going to go out of work tomorrow,” said Kurt Mathias from the Boston Billiard Club and Casino.
Many of Mathias’ employees spoke out, worried about their financial futures.
Owners were worried that this could mean even more harm to their bottom line.
“If we go to a 9:30 p.m. curfew, layoffs will absolutely happen,” President of the New Hampshire Lodging and Restaurant Association Mike Somers said.
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