CONCORD, N.H. – Gov. Chris Sununu’s executive order renewing New Hampshire’s state of emergency was challenged in a virtual hearing Thursday morning.
“The point of the shutdown was to prevent our hospitals from being overrun with COVID,” said Robert Fojo, attorney for Nashua resident Andrew Cooper. “Our curve always remained flat. We didn’t even need to flatten it.”READ MORE: Hardwick Health Agent Says 'It's Impossible' To Convince Residents To Get COVID Vaccine
Fojo argued that emergency measures that appeared to be constitutionally appropriate months ago – like shutting down schools and the economy – are no longer appropriate.
“Many of us have disagreements with public officials on many things,” said Solicitor General Daniel Will, “but, as the U.S. Supreme Court emphasized, this is an area we entrust to our elected officials who are charged with the protection and safety of our citizens.”READ MORE: Tree Falls On House In Hyde Park During Strong Storm
Cooper’s attorney also challenged the latest Nashua city ordinance, which requires the use of face masks.
“This ordinance is ridiculously intrusive,” Fojo said.
“It requires a mask in places where someone is likely to come within 6 feet of another person,” said the city’s attorney, Steve Bolton.MORE NEWS: 7-Month-Old With Rare Genetic Condition Sent Home From Hospital For The First Time Since Being Born
A motion to dismiss the case, submitted by Sununu’s attorneys, will be reviewed soon.