New Hampshire closes all 12 state-run rest stops

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Authorities in New Hampshire have shuttered all state-run rest areas and welcome centers because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

New Hampshire closed all 12 of its rest area facilities at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 5. Portable toilets and vending machines are still available at the shuttered locations and officials say that the facilities will be cleaned regularly.

It isn’t clear when the shuttered rest area facilities will reopen.

The Hooksett facilities located along I-93 will remain open because they are privately operated.

“We recognize that New Hampshire’s rest areas and welcome centers are a valuable resource for visitors and are confident that they can access amenities located outside of the buildings on a temporary self-service basis while staff transition work duties to support other essential state services,” state officials said.

Early during the Coronavirus crisis, Pennsylvania elected to shutter all state rest areas and limit services at Turnpike service plazas to try to slow the spread of the virus. This action was met with backlash from the trucking industry. Since then, most of the rest areas have reopened and services have been restored at the Turnpike service plazas.