Governor, RIDOH provide updates on state actions during COVID-19 crisis

Governor, RIDOH provide updates on state actions during COVID-19 crisis

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina Raimondo made several announcements Sunday about the state’s response to the COVID-19 public health crisis.

• Groups: The governor reiterated that Rhode Islanders should avoid any non-essential gathering, and no gatherings should have more than 10 people. This is more than a guideline – it is a public health directive that is critical to keep Rhode Islanders safe.
• Businesses: The governor signed an executive order directing all recreation and entertainment facilities to close their in-person operations. This includes theaters, cinemas, sporting events, bowling alleys and others. The executive order will also order the closure of any close-contact businesses like gyms, fitness centers, hair salons and barbershops, nail salons, spas and tattoo parlors. These businesses must be closed by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 23.
• Army Corps of Engineers: The governor announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is sending a team to Rhode Island on Monday to evaluate existing facilities for their potential as alternate care locations. She emphasized that she is working to ensure this does not become necessary, but is continuing to plan for all possibilities.

Raimondo also reiterated on her call today for any business with medical supplies to visit https://rigov.wufoo.com/forms/covid-19-medical-supply-donations/ and see how they can help provide assistance to the state’s efforts, and she reminded all Rhode Islanders that tomorrow is the first day of distance learning in all Rhode Island schools.