Windham Country Club director and golf professional Joanne Flynn said those hoping for a return to the greens at her club are ready and excited that the course is opening.
"They are thrilled," Flynn said. "They are chomping at the bit."
After Gov. Chris Sununu’s announcement May 1 that certain businesses could start preparing to reopen in graduated ways, many are moving forward to make sure what they do is safe for staff and customers.
Some can open May 11, others will wait until May 18.
The Windham course planned to open May 11 with restrictions in place to keep golfers and staff safe. That includes being open to New Hampshire residents and club members only, the practice green and driving range are closed, only single riders in carts unless the players are from the same household and players must remain in their cars until 15 minutes prior to tee time.
Players must also wear masks when near staff or the clubhouse/cart areas and cannot gather in groups in the parking lot or other areas.
Flynn said a lot of what the club does had already been in place before the business was forced to close several weeks ago.
The Windham club celebrates 25 years this year and Flynn is hoping for a good anniversary.
Brookstone Park in Derry will also ensure crews and golfers are kept safe at its nine-hole facility for opening day May 11. That includes new signs, procedures for a safe check-in, and registering for tee times in advance.
“We will direct people where to go,” said Brookstone’s marketing and events coordinator Christie Bellany. “We have a lot of planning ahead of us for the next week. But we are excited for the challenge.”
Retailers can also open as of May 11. Deja Vu Furniture and More in Londonderry will be among them.
Owner Tim Stavrou recently posted a message on social media telling customers he is happy to welcome them back to his eclectic, 24,000-square-foot business on Hillside Avenue that boasts a massive collection of quirky pieces like a smiling banana, vintage pinball machines, furniture, antiques and other unique items.
“We’ll be able to let you back in the store,” he said.
“When you do come in, let’s be cautious of everybody else,” he cautioned.
People can also soon enjoy their favorite restaurants that have outdoor seating.
Londonderry’s Stumble Inn has kept up with a brisk pick-up and delivery service for its faithful clientele these past several weeks. The business plans to open its popular outdoor patio space on May 18.
Staff member Tara Nolan said details are being put in place for how the outdoor patio will be arranged, with all safety guidelines and space between tables kept in mind. Nolan said staff and customers are happy that Stumble Inn will continue on with the next phase of outdoor service.
“They are very happy about that,” Nolan said. “They tell us every day.”
Water’s Edge Salon and Spa in Derry also plans a reopening coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the business, all with safety guidelines in mind.
“Our No. 1 thing is making sure my team feels safe and our clients feel safe,” said owner Sheri McCall-Gayer. “We’ve always had high standards of sanitation and cleanliness.”
The salon on East Broadway has enjoyed a brisk curbside pickup business over the past six weeks. With doors now allowed to open for physical clients, McCall-Gayer it will be good to see people in person.
The salon will only allow clients to come via appointment and must stay in their car until a staff member goes out and brings them inside. Staff will be safely spaced inside to perform only simple jobs on hair, including simple cuts or coloring. No blow-drying is allowed. There will also be extra hand-washing stations and chairs will be spaced apart.
"And we can't do makeup," she added. There can also only be 10 people inside at a time.
McCall-Gayer said the salon vibe will be different as she recalls many mothers and daughters making a salon day of it, coming in together for special treatments and to be pampered.
"But the clients are very excited," she said.
Water's Edge was honored last year as a salon taking recycling and the environment very seriously. McCall-Gayer said, adding when doors open and customers return, those efforts for cleanliness and safety will remain strongly in place.
McCall-Gayer said the salon industry is a strong one with much support for each other. And she's ready to get moving forward to a new chapter at Water's Edge.
"I want to forget the past, before March 21, and we will never go back to the way we think as normal," she said. "It's a reset. And I can't wait for my salon to be open."