Officials announce domestic travel restrictions, new primary date

Officials announce domestic travel restrictions, new primary date

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

• Domestic travel: Beginning 7 a.m. Tuesday, March 24, anyone returning to Rhode Island by plane (with the exception of public safety, health care professionals and pilots) must immediately self-quarantine for 14 days. The governor also reiterated that Rhode Island residents who work in another state must work from home if possible. Rhode Island businesses with employees who are residents of another state must make every attempt to let those employees work from home.
• Primary: Today the governor will sign an executive order moving the date of the Rhode Island primary to June 2 for what will likely be a primarily mail ballot election.

The Governor also reiterated that all recreation and entertainment facilities as well as close-contact businesses must close their in-person operations by 5 p.m. today, Monday, March 23. This includes theaters, cinemas, sporting events, bowling alleys, gyms, fitness centers, hair salons and barbershops, nail salons, spas and tattoo parlors.