ReThinkPVD Small Businesses
A Message from Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza
Though the impacts of COVID-19 on our City’s economy have been drastic, we have always come together to repair, rebuild and reemerge stronger when faced with incredible challenges. This time is no different, and the resiliency of our community will be on full display as we rethink how our business community will operate once restrictions begin to be lifted.
We are now re-imagining what outdoor experiences may look like during and after COVID-19. As part of this plan, the City has begun to accept applications from restaurants for outdoor dining licenses in alignment with the latest guidance from the Governor and in anticipation of outdoor dining being allowed to resume on Monday, May 18.
Businesses that have already received approval for outdoor dining for this season will need to amend their outdoor seating plan to comply with these requirements. Any restaurants looking to expand to parking lots or spaces, streets or public spaces will have to apply for approval through a no-cost license here.
Our inspiring artists, world-class restaurants and imaginative entrepreneurs define our identity as the Creative Capital. That is why we want you to help us determine what we need to do to best help you succeed during Phase I of our plan. This includes re-envisioning how people experience our city; redefining guidelines to include health and safety protections for patrons and staff; and crafting a flexible plan that encourages residents and visitors alike to rediscover all that Providence has to offer.
We continue to offer small business supports through the Providence Business Loan Fund relief program, we are offering eligible businesses loans starting at $10,000. For more information on changes to the City’s operations, external resources responding to COVID-19, current small business supports and best practices you can share, residents can visit our website, call to connect to the Mayor’s Center for City Services by dialing 3-1-1, visiting www.PVD311.com or downloading the PVD311 mobile app on your smart phone for 24/7 access.
Residents can register to receive CodeRED emergency notifications by phone, email, text, and/or mobile alerts for the latest updates from the City and to reach out to the Rhode Island Department of Health's COVID-19 Assistance Line at 401-222-8022 Monday through Friday during regular business hours should they have additional questions.
Jorge O. Elorza