PORTSMOUTH, R.I. \u2014 Governor Gina M. Raimondo and Dr. Alexander-Scott announced Wednesday new guidelines\u00a0issued by the Department of Business Regulation for retailers and grocers as part of the state\u2019s response to the COVID-19 public health crisis.\nAs of 5 p.m. on Thursday, all retailers and grocers must:\n\n\n \tAllow no more than 20% of stated fire capacity in the store at a time;\n \tRequire staff to count the number of customers entering and exiting the store and enforce limits;\n \tClearly mark 6\u2019 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;\n \tDesignate employees to monitor social distancing and assist customers;\n \tMaximize space between customers and employees at checkout;\n \tDesignate employee(s) to ensure the cleaning guidelines set by the CDC are followed;\n \tDiscontinue self-serve foods and product sampling; and\n \tOffer exclusive hours for those in high-risk populations, including seniors, where stores will restrict entrance to maintain 10% of fire capacity.\n\nLarger grocery stores and retailers with more than 25,000 square feet are encouraged to offer pickup and\/or delivery options.\nDr. 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\u2019s case count to 132.