Rhode Island may be the smallest state, but it doesn’t mean that COVID-19 isn’t is a serious issue. Over the last several weeks, the number of cases in Providence and several other Rhode Island cities and towns have increased significantly. This is why it is so important for residents to follow the guidelines set by the state.
Q: What Is Providence’s Reopening Plan?
A: On October 28, 2020, Governor Gina Raimondo held a press conference. She discussed the fact that the cases in Rhode Island have reached record highs, which could result in the state going back to phase two, which has stricter restrictions.
In light of this press conference, there is no plan currently to reopen. Governor Raimondo is first trying to slow the spread of the virus by adding more restrictions.
Q: Is It Mandatory To Wear a Mask In Providence During COVID-19 Pandemic?
A: Yes. Masks are required for everyone under the age of three to enter any public place. Masks are not required outdoors as long as it is possible to social distance.
Q: Are Restaurants Open In Providence?
A: Yes. Restaurants can offer pickup, curbside delivery or home delivery of food and alcohol. Until a decision is made about returning to phase 2, the phase 3 guidelines are still in effect. These include:
- Indoor dining is limited to 66% of the restaurant’s capacity.
- Indoor tables should be spread out at least six feet apart.
- Outdoor dining is allowed as long as the restaurant isn’t serving more than the allowed capacity of customers. Patrons must be seated at least six feet apart while dining outside.
- Face masks must be worn unless patrons are eating or drinking.
Q: Are Gyms Open In Providence?
A: Yes, gyms in Providence are open, but they are required to follow the guidelines. Gyms can have one person every per every 150 square feet that the gym has. Members are required to remain six feet apart at all times. If social distancing isn’t possible, members are required to wear masks. Finally, the equipment needs to be sanitized before and after use.
Q: What Businesses Are Open In Providence?
A: Currently, just about all businesses in Providence are open, but they must follow the guidelines set by the state. If Rhode Island goes back to phase 2, the number of businesses open in Providence can decrease.
Q: What Does Providence Define As An “Essential Business?”
A: There are several businesses that were deemed essential and remained open when the pandemic began. These include:
- Healthcare centers
- Food delivery services
- Hardware stores
- Liquor stores
- Pet supply stores
- Gas stations
- Post office
- Office supply stores
- Funeral homes
- Firearms stores
- Electronics stores
Q: Are Large Gatherings Allowed In Providence?
A: While Providence is still in Phase 3 of reopening; the gathering guidelines include:
- Social gatherings can be no larger than 25 people indoors, and 50 people outdoors.
- For social gatherings such as weddings where a licensed caterer is working, the indoor number is increased to 50 people for indoor events and 100 people for outdoor events.
- Public events can include 125 people at in indoor venue and 250 people at outdoor venues.
- At any gathering, all guests are required to wear face masks and stay six feet apart.
Q: How To Keep Business Going During COVID?
A: Considering the recent increase in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in Rhode Island, Providence businesses need to be more vigilant than ever to slow the spread of the virus. The steps businesses should take include:
- Requiring everyone in the building to wear face masks.
- Everyone in the building should social distance.
- Signs should be posted to remind customers of the guidelines.
- Stickers should be placed on the floors to help customers social distance.
- Regular cleaning and sanitizing.