CoronavirusElection 2020

New Primary Date Announced for RI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Governor Gina M. Raimondo and Dr. Alexander-Scott recently made the following announcements about the state’s response to the COVID-19 public health crisis.

  • Domestic travel: Beginning 7 a.m. Tuesday, anyone returning to Rhode Island by plane (with the exception of public safety, health care professionals and pilots) must immediately self-quarantine for 14 days. The Governor also reiterated that Rhode Island residents who work in another state must work from home if possible. Rhode Island businesses with employees who are residents of another state must make every attempt to let those employees work from home.
  • Primary: The Governor signed an executive order moving the date of the Rhode Island primary to June 2 for what will likely be a primarily mail ballot election.

The Governor also reiterated that all recreation and entertainment facilities as well as close-contact businesses must close their in-person operations by 5 p.m. on Monday. This includes theaters, cinemas, sporting events, bowling alleys, gyms, fitness centers, hair salons and barbershops, nail salons, spas and tattoo parlors.

The Governor announced that Rhode Island has 23 additional cases of COVID-19. These people range in age from their 20s to their 90s.

Among these 23 people, individuals reported travel to a number of domestic locations, including New York, New Jersey, and Utah. This brings Rhode Island’s case count to 106. Of Rhode Island’s 106 cases, 47 cases involved recent travel (33 domestic, 14 international). The travel histories of 15 additional people are being investigated. (These 15 people are a part of the 106 total.)

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