COVID-19 UPDATE

Rhode Island’s governor, Gina Raimondo, has issued an executive order that all residents must wear a face covering when outside the home.

UPDATE: DECEMBER 21, 2020

Rhode Island is slowly dialing up activity while continuing to maintain necessary social and commercial restrictions. During this period, Rhode Islanders are encouraged to protect their households at all times by (1) wearing a mask, (2) getting tested often, and (3) limiting interactions with individuals outside of their households.All Phase III guidance continues to be available on www.ReopeningRI.com.

Here are some of the guidelines with regard to tourism. You can find the complete list of current guidelines in FAQ format here

  1. You should only be gathering with people you live with.
  2. Indoor restaurant dining is limited to your household. If you are seated outdoors at a restaurant, you may be joined by one additional household. 
  3. Outdoor dining is allowed and encouraged. Indoor dining is allowed at up to 50% of the restaurant’s seating capacity. All restaurants must continue to cease indoor and outdoor dining service at 10:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, after which only takeout and delivery are allowed. Outdoors, restaurants may seat up to two households together, not to exceed a total of eight (8) people.
  4. During this period, catered events must be held in accordance with restaurant rules. They may only occur in non-residential settings with the licensed caterer on site. Indoor catered events for more than fifteen (15) people are prohibited. Outdoor catered events for more than fifty (50) people are prohibited. 
  5. Indoor and outdoor venues of assembly, including event venues, performing arts venues, movie theaters, spectator sporting events, comedy clubs, and venues that hold conferences/conventions, may operate at 25% capacity, but not more than 125 people may be present at the event or venue. 
  6. Indoors and outdoors, gyms and fitness centers may resume operations at one (1) person per 150 square feet. Customers/members must be separated by fourteen (14) feet indoors and six (6) feet outdoors. As required before the Pause, all gyms and fitness centers must cease indoor and outdoor operations at 10:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
  7. Customers may still shop at retail stores, though local and online shopping is encouraged. Retail stores of less than 30,000 square feet must limit the number of customers within the store at any time to no more than one (1) customer per 100 square feet of store area. 
  8. Museums and historical sites may remain open, with the number of patrons limited to no more than 1 per 100 square feet. Non-recreation/entertainment operations (e.g. restaurants) within museum and historical sites may remain open under applicable requirements in RIDOH’s Safe Activities regulations and industry-specific guidance. All museums and historical sites must cease indoor and outdoor operations at 10:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
  9. Indoor recreation and entertainment facilities and operations may operate at 1 person per 150 square feet and must ensure that any individuals engaging in physical exertion or performances remain fourteen (14) apart from members outside their household (e.g., individuals trampolining or singing karaoke). All facilities must cease indoor and outdoor operations at 10:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. This includes, but is not limited to, bowling centers, casinos, arcades, karaoke, and pool/billiards. Recreation and entertainment facilities with outdoor operations (including drive-in operations) may remain open so long as the social gathering size, physical distancing, and other public health protocols can be maintained; outdoor operations that require interactions between different households are prohibited.
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We're here to help you plan your next visit to the Ocean State. The first step to start your planning is our Winter in Rhode Island page. Check out what's going on this season. Step two is to sign up for our free monthly newsletter. It's packed with useful information each month like special deals, upcoming events, what's new and exciting and more. Next, check out our itineraries and trip ideas for custom trips built around specific themes and interests.  

 

We've got the information you need when deciding when you'd like to come and what you'd like to see and do on your visit to Rhode Island. Check out our special offers and popular tours, or you can explore our seven regions and go from there.

Once you've decided the whens and wheres, you can begin to plan the how. If you'll be flying, check out T.F. Green Airport (PVD), one of the 10 best small airports in the US, according to USA Today Readers' Choice 2020. Then you can look up and book flights on our Booking Direct booking tool. Our transportation page has everything you need to know about buses, ferries and local airlines and airports to help you figure out how to get here and get around car-free (and car rentals too). And you can reach out to our visitors centers and regional tourism councils for local information.    

Are you interested in Rhode Island beyond a vacation? If you'e interested in going to school here, moving here or moving your business here, you've come to the right place. Check out our colleges, business attraction and site selection information - and facts about living in the Ocean State! You can also research what the press has been saying about the Ocean State, and order a visitor's guide.

Here are resources specifically for LGBTQ and international communities. If you have accessibility questions, see below for a link to AccessRI, an excellent guide to accessibility in Rhode Island. If you are looking for group tour information, please see our Travel Trade page.