Policies Stay-home order lifted Masks in public Gatherings of 15 Stores, indoor dining, close-contact businesses, houses of worship, gyms, child care centers, youth sports open with limits All state beaches and parks open More workers allowed in offices
When the coronavirus spread through Rhode Island three months ago, Block Island sealed itself off to protect its residents from illness. Now it’s poised to reopen to outsiders with a mixture of hope and trepidation. 8:53 a.m.
Gyms, restaurants, barber shops, and hairdressers can reopen Monday under new rules and restrictions. Houses of worship can open Saturday at 25 percent capacity. Twin River Casino will open June 8 by invitation only, requiring masks and social distancing. But there are still no visitors allowed at nursing homes or assisted living facilities. 1:39 p.m.
It’s worth taking a moment to appreciate the personal stories and bits of empathy and wisdom that Dr. James McDonald, medical director for the Rhode Island Department of Health, offered at Thursday’s daily coronavirus news conference. 9:13 a.m.
The governor said she knows the pandemic has been “really hard” on the state’s youth, who have missed out on graduations and proms, ballgames and recitals. But, she said, ”I want you to know that summer is going to be good." 8:23 p.m.
Seven Rhode Island media and open government groups called on Governor Gina M. Raimondo Thursday to stop giving public entities 20 extra days to respond to records requests, saying it was infringing on the public’s right to know. 8:21 p.m.
Perhaps there’s no more fitting image for a panel discussion on public finances and the pandemic than The Clash “Out of Control” poster that was visible over Paul Dion’s shoulder during Wednesday’s Zoom conference. 8:41 a.m.
Governor Gina Raimondo said Rhode Island will be ahead of neighboring states if it goes ahead with its plan to reopen gyms, restaurants, churches, barber shops, and hairdressers next week under new rules and restrictions. 4:29 p.m.