Updates on state regulations during COVID-19 crisis

Updates on state regulations during COVID-19 crisis

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina Raimondo and Director of Health Nicole Alexander-Scott made announcements on Saturday about the state’s response to the COVID-19 public health crisis, regarding state regulations.

• Health insurance: HealthSource RI has opened a special enrollment period to allow Rhode Islanders to purchase coverage through April 15. In addition, HealthSource RI always offers a special enrollment period of 60 days for anyone who loses a job or changes jobs for any reason. Rhode Islanders with questions or those looking to enroll should visit https://healthsourceri.com/coverage-through-healthsource-ri/ .
• Takeaway wine and beer: The governor signed an executive order allowing restaurants and bars in Rhode Island to include wine and beer with their to-go orders.
• Gun permits: Responding to feedback from the Rhode Island Police Chiefs’ Association regarding the current strain on their resources, the governor signed an executive order extending from seven to 30 days the time period in which police departments can conduct background checks for firearm purchases.

Raimondo also reiterated that gatherings are restricted to 10 people or fewer. All gatherings that are non-essential, even if they are below the 10-person limit, should be canceled or postponed.