Volinsky, Feltes Call on Sununu To Issue ‘Stay at Home’ Directives

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Andru Volinsky

CONCORD – Both Democratic candidates for governor are calling on Republican Gov. Chris Sununu to issue a “Stay at Home” directive, which is also called a “shelter-in-place” order.

State Sen. Dan Feltes, D-Concord, went live on Facebook at 10:30 a.m. on Monday saying: “After listening to medical professionals, I am convinced the state should issue, without delay and with reasonable exceptions, a ‘Stay at Home’ directive.”

Feltes also renewed his call for the minimum unemployment benefit to be raised from $32 to $250 ensuring that no Granite Staters receive less than $1000 per month.

Gov. Sununu didn’t immediately respond with a comment.

Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky, D-Concord, who is also a candidate, said: “I once again urge Governor Sununu to issue a shelter-in-place directive (or Stay at Home order, as some states have called such a policy).”

Volinsky said that’s “because we do not currently have enough protective equipment to test across our state, a shelter-in-place directive is now the only available option to prevent more extensive community spread. The order should provide 24-hour notice and should be issued now. All non-essential state employees should also be sent home with pay and benefits.”

“We can’t be afraid to admit that we have a crisis, and action is needed so that our neighbors don’t pay the price with their health,” Volinsky said.

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