Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo Released New COVID-19 Guidance

As COVID-19 cases in Rhode Island and elsewhere continue to trend upwards, Governor Gina Raimondo has released new guidance and restrictions in effect intended to slow the spread and related hospitalizations. Effective today in Rhode Island:

  1. Stay-at-Home Advisory: A stay-at-home advisory is in effect from 10:00 pm - 5:00 am on weeknights, and 10:30 pm - 5:00 am on Fridays and Saturdays.
  2. Early Closures: All restaurants, bars, gyms, recreational facilities (such as casinos, bowling alleys, and museums), and personal services must close at 10:00 pm on weeknights, and 10:30 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Restaurants can continue to offer takeout and drive-through after that time.
  3. Venues of Assembly: The capacity limit for indoor venues (performing arts venues, movie theaters, houses of worship) is 50% of normal capacity with a maximum of 125 people. The limit for outdoor venues is 66% of normal capacity with a maximum of 150 people.
  4. Catered Events: Catered events: The capacity limit for indoor catered events is 25 and for outdoor catered events is 75, with exceptions for previously scheduled weddings.
  5. Large retailers: The capacity limit for big box stores (more than 30,000 square feet of space) is one person per 150 square feet.
  6. Business Travel: Businesses are asked to cancel any non-essential, work-related travel.
  7. Masks are required any time you are near people who do not live with you, including at the gym.
  8. Sports:
    1. A maximum of two spectators for any athlete younger than 18 will be allowed. All spectators and athletes are required to wear a mask at all times, including during practices and games.
    2. Low-risk sports (track and field, individual swimming, golf, weightlifting, skiing, sideline cheering, cross country, archery, cycling, equestrian, snowboarding, singles figure skating, and solo sailing): practices, games, and tournaments in Rhode Island attended by out-of-state teams will be allowed. (In effect until December 31, 2020.)
    3. Moderate-risk sports (basketball, ice hockey, volleyball, baseball, softball, soccer, gymnastics, field hockey, tennis, swimming relays, girls lacrosse, water polo, fencing, competitive group cycling, non-competitive dance, individual competitive dance, and team sailing): practices and games with other in-state teams will be allowed. Hosting practices, games, or tournaments with out-of-state teams is prohibited. (In effect until December 31, 2020.)
    4. High-risk sports (wrestling, football, boys lacrosse, competitive cheer, rugby, boxing, competitive martial arts, and pairs figure skating): All competitions, including scrimmages are prohibited. (In effect until December 31, 2020.)

The revised order is available here: https://governor.ri.gov/documents/orders/Executive-Order-20-95.pdf. More information is available on the state’s COVID-19 Resource Center here: https://health.ri.gov/covid/.

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