Smithfield police monitoring crowds at parks

Smithfield police monitoring crowds at parks

SMITHFIELD – Town Manager Randy Rossi says the Smithfield Police Department is closely monitoring town parks and fields to ensure the public is following town orders to stay off of them if they're in groups.

Stay in if possible, said town officials in a weekly update on the coronavirus. Rossi said it is essential for residents to go out only when absolutely necessary and to limit gatherings to no more than 10 people.

“These directives apply to our local parks, fields, playgrounds and courts, as well,” he said. Don’t risk it. It’s not worth it.”

As always, he stressed the importance of washing hands frequently and using alcohol-based hand sanitizer as often as possible.

The Senior Center remains closed and is staffed to provide meals to those in need of help. Residents who need assistance with food or other supplies can contact the hotline during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 401.949-4590.

The town will hold a public flu and TDAP (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) clinic this Saturday, March 28, at the Smithfield Senior Center, 1 William J. Hawkins Jr. Trail, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Costs associated with the vaccinations will be charged to your health care provider. Those without insurance will be provided a vaccination free of charge.

Rossi thanked emergency medical services, firefighters, police officers and healthcare workers in the community.

Responding to the “enormous effort” made by teachers and school administrators conducting distance learning, he said it was "all hands on deck" to go live this week.

Following Gov. Gina Raimondo’s directive, Rossi asked that all residents and visitors who have recently visited New York to self-quarantine for 14 days.

"That means do not go to work and stay at home,” he said.

He added that anyone returning from plane travel both domestically and internationally, must also immediately self-quarantine for 14 days. That excludes public safety officials.

Rhode Island residents who work outside the state must also work from home if possible.

While the state is asking people to stay at home unless absolutely necessary, Rossi said essential errands such as going to the grocery store or picking up prescriptions are still allowed.

Town Hall will remain closed to public traffic until further notice, though departments will be staffed and are available by phone or email. Boards and commission meetings have been suspended or will be conducted virtually or by phone.