By: Amy Coveno, WMUR
MANCHESTER, N.H. — As officials try to contain the spread of the virus, New Hampshire is now one of 16 states receiving White House guidance to limit indoor dining, but that industry is pushing back.
The president and CEO of New Hampshire’s Lodging and Restaurant Association said he is frustrated and fed up by official guidance that targets restaurants without providing any proof that community transmission is happening in dining establishments.
“We decided to close in the hopes of opening in the Spring, but you never know,” Country Chef in Wilton owner Holly Cekata said. “Hopes are hopes.”
The Country Chef just opened its doors when the pandemic struck. Cekala just laid off seven employees and locked the doors on Wednesday.
The CEO of the New Hampshire Restaurant and Lodging Association Mike Somers estimates at least 200 restaurants statewide have closed and is frustrated by health officials' focus on dining establishments.
“The restaurant industry has just become an easy target and that is really quite unfortunate,” Somers said.
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