By NANCY WEST, InDepthNH.org
As of May 7, employees of the state Department of Fish and Game are no longer required to wear face masks at work and they will be expected to return full-time to their duty stations, according to an email from Executive Director Scott Mason to employees that was obtained by InDepthNH.org.
Gov. Chris Sununu didn’t respond to questions about the policy, including whether it would be limited to Fish and Game or all state employees.
Mason said in the email that the office will be open to the public on May 7.
“The Governor has asked each Department to return to full levels of service as soon as possible. That means we will be lifting the COVID work from home rules on May 7, and it is expected that you will return to your normal duty stations,” Mason wrote.
Mason said employees are welcome to continue wearing a mask at work.
“Consideration for your co-workers remains critical to our ability to work effectively,” Mason wrote. “Be respectful of space and social distance.” Personal protective equipment will be available for all who want it.
Mason also asked employees to contact their supervisors if they have been exposed to COVID or are experiencing any symptoms of the virus.
The Department of Justice and the Division of Personnel are working diligently to issue new telework guidelines for agencies to develop internal telework policies, he said.