Rhode Island COVID-19 Information
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.
- You should only be gathering with people you live with.
- Indoor restaurant dining is limited to your household. If you are seated outdoors at a restaurant, you may be joined by one additional household. Restaurants must follow existing restaurant guidance and Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH)’s Safe Activities regulation regarding physical distancing, mask wearing when not eating or drinking, and other public health protocols.
- 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, provided that all members of the party wear masks when not eating or drinking and follow other public health protocols.
- 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. Weddings previously scheduled to occur after December 20th that exceed these limits may seek an exception from the Department of Business Regulation, provided that appropriate physical distancing and capacity limits can be maintained at all times. Requests may be made to Department of Business Regulation at https://dbr.ri.gov/covid/plans/plans.php.
- 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. Events where singing or any other performances occur must be done in accordance with RIDOH regulations for live performances, including, but not limited to, requiring performers to be spaced at least fourteen (14) feet apart.
- 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.
- 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. Stores larger than 30,000 square feet must limit the number of total occupants of the store at any time, including employees, to one (1) occupant per 150 square feet, and, additionally, must manage their capacity limits by monitoring the store entrances.
- 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. Facilities must ensure that customers maintain physical distancing, wear masks at all times, and follow other public health protocols. No indoor group-based tours, classes, lectures or presentations are allowed. As required before the Pause, 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.
- 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). As required before the Pause, 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.