New Hampshire Governor Cancels outside Inauguration Over Armed Protesters

FILE – during this Nov. three, 2020 file image, N.H. Gov. Chris Sununu wears a defensive masks, due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, at a polling station in Windham, N.H. New Hampshire joined three dozen other states, including the leisure of recent England, in enacting a statewide masks mandate because the coronavirus pandemic intensifies. Sununu issued an executive order requiring masks to be worn in public areas, indoors or outdoor, when social distancing isn’t possible, which works into effect on Thursday Nov. 19, 2020. (AP picture/Charles Krupa, File)

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New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu

N.H. Gov. Chris Sununu (AP image/Charles Krupa, File)

“My first accountability is ensuring the safety of my family unit and our citizens” Gov. Chris Sununu said in a news liberate. “For weeks, armed protesters have more and more become greater aggressive, targeting my family, protesting backyard my private residence, and trespassing on my property — an out of doors public ceremony without problems brings too lots risk. We don’t make this choice flippantly nonetheless it is the correct thing to do.”

In consultation with lawyer universal Gordon MacDonald, Sununu said, he and Senate President Chuck Morse, appearing apartment Speaker Sherm Packard and the govt Council could be sworn in during a small ceremony Jan. 7. It could be attended by leaders of both properties of the Legislature and may be nearly attended with the aid of all other members. Sununu will convey his inaugural handle at 7 p.m. that day.

Protesters all started gathering backyard Sununu’s domestic in Newfields on Nov. 22 over his order, which had taken impact two days earlier, requiring masks to be worn in public spaces, indoors or backyard, when social distancing isn’t feasible on account of the coronavirus pandemic. On Monday, native police issued summonses to 9 people and arrested one in every of them beneath a brand new anti-picketing ordinance handed by means of the Newfields selectboard, on which Sununu’s brother sits.

— Kathy McCormack in Governor cancels inaugural, citing mask protests at his domestic

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