PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Governor Gina M. Raimondo and Dr. Alexander-Scott announced Wednesday new guidelines issued by the Department of Business Regulation for retailers and grocers as part of the state’s response to the COVID-19 public health crisis.
As of 5 p.m. on Thursday, all retailers and grocers must:
- Allow no more than 20% of stated fire capacity in the store at a time;
- Require staff to count the number of customers entering and exiting the store and enforce limits;
- Clearly mark 6’ spacing in lines and other high-traffic areas. Stores should consider posting signage or using ropes to direct customers and to limit bottlenecks/encourage flow in high-density areas of stores;
- Designate employees to monitor social distancing and assist customers;
- Maximize space between customers and employees at checkout;
- Designate employee(s) to ensure the cleaning guidelines set by the CDC are followed;
- Discontinue self-serve foods and product sampling; and
- Offer exclusive hours for those in high-risk populations, including seniors, where stores will restrict entrance to maintain 10% of fire capacity.
Larger grocery stores and retailers with more than 25,000 square feet are encouraged to offer pickup and/or delivery options.
Dr. Alexander-Scott announced today that Rhode Island has eight additional cases of COVID-19. Five of these individuals are males, and three are females. They range in age from their 30s to their 60s. This brings Rhode Island’s case count to 132.