COVID-19 - City of Lebanon Planned Response
COVID-19 Information and Resources
The following is an ongoing list outlining the status and reopening plans for city departments affected by the COVID-19 crisis. We will continue to update this list as more information is known.
City Hall Offices - As the use of technology has enabled us to continue our standard level of service, the decision has been made that offices will remain closed until City Hall renovations are completed, which is anticipated to be Monday, November 16, 2020. As we progress through the phases of reopening our economy, we will continually monitor and evaluate the status of the spread of COVID-19 and decide a safe course of action to reopen.
City Hall Offices include the following departments:
- City Clerk
- City Manager
- Human Resources
- Planning and Development
Please visit LebanonNH.gov/CityServices for information related to services available online.
Human Services: the Human Services Department will reopen to the public by appointment only beginning on July 6, 2020 and follow all State recommended precautions relating to COVID-19. Visitors will be required to wear masks and will need to use hand sanitizer.
Lebanon Airport - The Lebanon Municipal Airport is open.
- CapeAir has resumed their normal flight schedule. Face masks are required to fly. Please contact CapeAir at 602-298-6476 for travel related questions.
- Avis and Hertz are open for car rentals.
- Granite Air Center is open. Please call 603-298-6555 for service.
Lebanon Libraries - has implemented a phased Restoration of Services Plan with information and guidance from the New Hampshire State Library Reopening task force, and from guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control. The goal of this plan is to continue to prioritize the health and well-being of patrons and staff while restoring services. The following is a quick overview of the phases for reopening. Please review the Library COVID-19 Transition Plan for complete details.
- Phase 1 Began June 3rd
- Phase 2 Begins third week of June
- All services of Phase 1 continue
- Library buildings are closed to the public.
- Contactless pickup begins- contactless circulation of physical items (books and DVDs) are back!
- Holds can be placed on physical Items. You will be notified when holds are ready for contactless pickup
- Summer Reading Program begins July 1st!
- No book donations accepted
Lebanon Recreation and Parks - The City of Lebanon is committed to protecting the wellness of our community. While portions of our facilities are currently closed, many areas remain open to the public. We will continue to review the future of our programs as time progresses. If you choose to enjoy one of our parks at this time, we ask that you follow safety measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). See below for the status of all our park facilities and programs.
All Parks Maintained by Recreation - the following locations are open to the public. Please follow all safety measures recommended by the CDC when visiting our parks.
- Civic Memorial Park
- Pat Walsh Park
- Colburn Park
- Eldridge Park
- Fellows Hill
- Riverside Community Park & Rusty Berrings Skatepark
Looking to use one these parks as an outside user group? Please call the Lebanon Recreation & Parks office at 603-448-5121.
Trails - All trails including the Northern Rail Trail and Mascoma River Greenway are open. Please continue to follow all safety measures recommended by the CDC.
Colburn Park Events - The Lebanon Farmers’ Market is open. Please read the Lebanon Farmers’ Market Rules before shopping and continue to follow all safety measures recommended by the CDC. All other Lebanon Recreation and Parks Department’s Special Events (including but not limited to Concert Series, Thursdays in the Park, Story Time in the Park, Friday Funday in the Park, Food Truck Festival) are cancelled due to precautions regarding COVID-19. Looking to host an event in Colburn Park? Please contact the City Manager’s Office at 603-448-4220.
Lebanon Veterans’ Memorial Pool - The Lebanon Veterans’ Memorial Pool is closed and will remain closed for the 2020 season; however, we will be maintaining the pools to prevent damage. Although the Governor’s Economic Reopening Taskforce has given recent guidance for Public Swimming Pools, the City of Lebanon has decided to remain closed due to the financial impact and strict guidelines given.
Camp Kaleidoscope - Camp Kaleidoscope, Leaders-In-Training and Camp K Hits the Road are closed and will remain closed for the 2020 season. Although the Governor’s Economic Reopening Taskforce has given recent guidance for summer day camps, the City of Lebanon has decided to remain closed due to the financial impact and strict guidelines given.
Park Restrooms - In response to safety concerns, public restrooms are currently closed. Portable toilets are available at Civic Memorial Park, Riverside Community Park & Rusty Berrings Skatepark to be used at your own risk.
Lebanon Police Department - The Lebanon Police Department has resumed VIN verifications and employment-related fingerprinting services for Lebanon residents, the Lebanon School District, and for Lebanon businesses. Hand sanitizer will be provided and masks are required. As usual, fingerprinting will only be done on Thursdays between the hours of 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM, and on Saturdays between 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM. More details are available on their Fingerprinting page. For VIN verifications, please call our Communications Center at 603-448-1212.
Lebanon School District - for the most current updates related to the Lebanon School District, please visit the SAU88 COVID-19 Information page.
- 08/03/20: Free Masks at Local MaskUpNH Events
- 05/26/20: Continued Closure of City Buildings
- 05/13/20: City of Lebanon Guidelines for Restaurants & Outdoor Seating
- 05/08/20: Downtown Street and Parking Closures
The City Clerk’s Office is currently working on a plan for the September 8, 2020 Presidential Primary to help keep our voters safe from COVID-19.
Since voting in person at the 2020 elections may pose a health risk to some due to the COVID-19 health emergency, you may vote, or register to vote, by absentee if:
- You are ill due to COVID-19, or caring for someone with COVID-19/symptoms; OR
- You are concerned that registering or voting in person will expose you or others to COVID-19.
There is a now a box on the absentee ballot application listing COVID-19 as a reason to request an absentee ballot. If you have already submitted a request using a prior version of the form, do not worry! You do not need to submit a corrected application. The term "disability" in the election law still extends to these circumstances. Even if you do not consider yourself a person with disability in other circumstances, this term still applies for registering to vote and voting in 2020. The opportunity to vote absentee due to disability of COVID-19 will apply for all 2020, regardless of the future development of the public health crisis.
Please continue to check back for more information relating to voting during the COVID crisis. We also encourage you to review the following resources for more information:
The following resources are provided to help guide our local businesses who are dealing with the challenges of reopening during the COVID-19 crisis.
City of Lebanon Guidance
The City of Lebanon continues to work with local businesses to help them navigate the challenges of reopening during the COVID-19 crisis. The following information pertains to those efforts.
The Governor’s Office has issued the following Emergency Orders as public health guidance for business operations as they begin to reopen during the Safer At Home NH phase.
- Emergency Order 52: An order regarding public health guidance for business operations and advising Granite Staters that they are safer at home
- Emergency Order 52 Exhibit A: Universal guidelines for all NH employers and employees
- Emergency Order 52 Exhibit B: Industry specific guidelines for businesses, organizations, and sectors operating pursuant to Paragraph 2 of Emergency Order #52
The State has provided the following information for all NH businesses and their partners to help ensure everyone has accurate, up-to-date information about the COVID-19 outbreak.
- NH Business Guidance - includes phased reopening information for Stay at Home 2.0 with industry-specific information and resources.
- NH DHHS Guidance for Businesses - includes resources for businesses and employers, food-related businesses, child care providers, licensees, workers, and volunteers.
The CDC has provided the following guidance for businesses and workplaces who are open or are in the process of reopening. Categories include cleaning and disinfecting guidance, recorded conference calls, ongoing mitigation strategy, prevention and support resources as well as communication resources.
All New Hampshire residents can be tested for COVID-19. Testing is available regardless of insurance status.
To get tested you can:
- Call your healthcare provider; or
- Call ConvenientMD at 1-833-263-0131; or
- Call 603-271-5980 or visit NH.gov/covid19 for testing at fixed sites across NH. Test sites are open 7 days a week, 11am-7pm.
Most health insurance plans cover testing for COVID-19 without a copay, coinsurance or deductible. Many locations throughout the state including hospitals, pharmacies, primary care offices, and many other locations offer COVID-19 testing.
Persons who do not have insurance or have a health insurance plan that does not fully cover the cost of testing still have access to testing at temporary testing locations operated by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services across the state.
There is currently a drive-thru COVID-testing site set up in Claremont at the Middle School with the capacity to test 125 people daily with support from local partners and the NH National Guard. The Claremont testing site is one of seven testing locations, is by appointment only, and is open 7 days a week from 11:00am-7:00pm. Anyone who would like to be tested can call the State’s Coordination Office at 603-271-5980 or register online at business.nh.gov/DOS_COVID19Testing.
For more information about testing in NH, please visit the NH DHHS Testing Guidance page.
The CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has spread internationally and is now in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).
The NH DHHS has a website that contains updated information on COVID-19 which can be accessed at: nh.gov/covid19.
DHHS is in close contact with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and maintains links on its website to the CDC’s most recent information on the virus which can also be found at cdc.gov/covid19.
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
This list does not include all possible symptoms. The CDC continues to update this list as more is learned about COVID-19. You can use the CDC Self-Checker as a guide to help you make decisions and seek appropriate medical care. area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19 contact your healthcare professional to see if you should be tested.
You can use the CDC Self-Checker as a guide to help you make decisions and seek appropriate medical care. area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19 contact your healthcare professional to see if you should be tested.
While the City is closely monitoring the progression of the virus and is planning for the potential spread in the Upper Valley region, we are asking everyone to concentrate their efforts on PREVENTION. There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. Prevention measures that are accessible to almost everyone and should be practiced regularly include:
- Proper hand washing - if soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Covering your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Avoiding close contact - maintaining a minimum distance of 6 feet.
- Staying home when you are sick.
- Regularly cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Following CDC Guidance for Travel.
During this time of uncertainty, we also ask that our community continue to follow CDC guidance regarding practicing responsible social distancing and personal prevention measures as well as the following recommendations for People at Serious Risk for COVID-19:
If you are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, you should:
Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others
When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often.
Avoid crowds as much as possible
During a COVID-19 outbreak an outbreak in your community, stay home as much as possible