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  • Here's a Look at How Business Can Start to Reopen Next Week

    A Message from Governor Gina Raimondo:

    To stay up to date with Rhode Island's latest COVID-19 statistics, please check the Department of Health's new data dashboard for all the information you need about the spread of coronavirus in Rhode Island.
    Retail has been one of the industries hit hardest by this crisis, and too many Rhode Islanders have lost their jobs as stores needed to close and adapt to a new online reality. In phase 1, non-critical retail stores that have been closed will be allowed to reopen in-person operations under new capacity restrictions
    Rhode Island's many incredible restaurants have also been especially hit hard. Getting back to some version of normal is going to be a slow process. It’s not going to happen at the beginning of phase 1, but we’re working to allow limited outdoor in-person seating options a bit further into our first phase. 
    Finally, I want to talk about working in offices. During phase 1, everyone who can work from home should continue to work from home. But our employers should begin taking steps immediately to prepare for eventually bringing more employees back into the office. That means doing things like developing staggered work schedules, preparing to screen employees to find out if they’re sick, closing common spaces like break rooms and making sure employees can be 6-feet apart. This also means we’re going to need more frequent cleaning. I know most of our employers are already thinking about these things, and I appreciate their partnership and collaboration throughout this process.
    For more details on Phase 1, visit reopeningri.com
    I’ve never been prouder to be a Rhode Islander. The ways in which our community has come together to lift one another up during this crisis, and the seriousness with which we’ve taken our obligation to stay home, has been an inspiration to me and to so many people, and it’s saved countless lives. Because of all of you, I’m cautiously optimistic that we might be able to lift our stay-at-home order at the end of this week. Keep it up. I know we can do this.
    -Gina Raimondo
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