I hope you and your family are doing well and staying safe.
Rhode Island’s healthcare system is experiencing a record number of hospitalizations due to the rising cases of COVID-19. This is putting extreme stress on the healthcare system and its workers.
We all must make immediate changes to our daily activities and routines. Residents should limit the amount of people they are in contact with and the number of places they are going on a daily basis. Please plan for small Thanksgiving gatherings limited to your household.
With the rise in cases, the State of Rhode Island announced a two-week “pause” with new closures and restrictions – some are immediate and others will begin November 30th.
- Social gatherings are limited to those within your household.
- Stay-at-home advisory continues:
- 10 p.m. – 5 a.m. Sunday - Thursday
- 10:30 p.m. - 5 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Over the next three weeks, please keep health care workers and small businesses in mind. If individuals refuse to follow the guidelines, they are putting health care workers lives and the livelihoods of small businesses at risk. Let’s come together to overcome this virus!
Supporting Local Businesses
These new restrictions present additional barriers for small businesses, during a time when they are already struggling. I strongly urge residents to Shop Local this year. Many are offering online ordering or curbside pick-up.
- The online application form, webpage, and FAQs are now available for the relief program for restaurants and bars here.
- Box stores will be required to have a plan in place to handle the expected increase in holiday and Black Friday customers.
- For more assistance programs, please visit the Business section below.