On Saturday, March 28, Governor Raimondo announced additional measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Rhode Island, including a Stay at Home Order. As part of these measures, the Governor announced that beginning Monday, March 30, noncritical retail businesses must close their in-person operations. They may remain open for receiving and servicing new orders and shipments.
We do not take this step lightly. As the Governor said today, we are working to keep as many businesses open and operating as possible. Please note that while this is a significant step, we are not asking non-retail businesses to close at this time. For example, manufacturers may remain open. For a list of critical retail businesses, please click here
. If you have questions on these guidelines, please fill out the web form available here
. You may also call the Department of Business Regulation at (401) 889-5550.
As a reminder, we continue to ask that all businesses operate within strict parameters to prevent the spread of COVID-19. For ideas on how to minimize in-person interactions in order to continue operating safely, see our COVID-19 business checklist
. All businesses, including business service providers, are required to work from home (and enable their employees to work from home) wherever possible. The list of businesses that remain closed at this time are noncritical retail, entertainment, recreation and other close-contact businesses. Restaurants and bars may continue to offer takeout, delivery, and drive-through options and remain closed for dine-in service.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call us at (401) 521-HELP.