• mask mandate Jul 28

    Rhode Island Recommending Universal Mask Wearing in Schools

    Top state leaders in Rhode Island on Wednesday recommended that all students, staff and faculty wear face coverings when schools fully reopen this fall. The decision announced by Gov. Dan McKee, Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green, and Department of Health Director Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott is in line with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s update this week to recommend...

  • outdoor dining Jul 26

    Rhode Island Gov. Signs Bill Allowing Eateries to Continue Outdoor Dining

    Gov. Dan McKee has signed into law legislation allowing restaurants to continue to use COVID-19 modifications, including outdoor dining and takeout windows. The legislation imposes a moratorium on the enforcement of any municipal ordinance or zoning requirement that would penalize restaurants and bars for modifications made in response to emergency orders from state or local officials. The moratorium is effective…

  • coronavirus May 13

    Rhode Island to Offer Vaccines to Out-of-State Visitors

    Anyone who visits Rhode Island will soon be able to get a coronavirus vaccine, and nightclubs will be allowed to open at full capacity by the end of May if patrons can prove they have received their shot, Gov. Daniel McKee announced Thursday. Until now, only residents and people who work or go to school in the state have been…

  • Rhode Island May 10

    RI Gov. Cancels Fundraiser Being Co-hosted by Trump Backer

    Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee said Sunday he has canceled a fundraising event that was being organized on his behalf by a prominent supporter of former President Donald Trump. The Democratic governor had been scheduled to attend a May 12 event co-hosted by Gerald Zarrella, a Republican who was co-chair of Trump’s Rhode Island re-election campaign. But when the Democrat…

  • Rhode Island May 10

    Democrat Dan McKee Sworn in as Rhode Island's 76th Governor

    Democrat Dan McKee has been sworn in as Rhode Island’s 76th governor. McKee was sworn in Tuesday after former governor and fellow Democrat Gina Raimondo officially joined President Joe Biden’s cabinet as U.S. commerce secretary after winning Senate confirmation. The 69-year-old has served as the state’s lieutenant governor since 2015. He is a lifelong resident of Rhode Island and...

  • coronavirus May 7

    New Hampshire and Rhode Island Easing COVID-19 Restrictions Friday

    New Hampshire and Rhode Island are set to ease their COVID-19 restrictions on Friday following guidance from their governors.   New Hampshire will be following new guidelines released last week by Gov. Chris Sununu. The new guidelines, dubbed “Universal Best Practices,” replace the former requirements of “Safer at Home 2.0” which had been in effect since March of 2020.  The…

  • reopening Apr 8

    RI Gov. McKee: Proms, Graduations and Perhaps July 4 Parades on Tap in 2021

    There will be high school proms and graduation ceremonies in Rhode Island this spring as more residents get vaccinated against COVID-19, Gov. Dan McKee said Thursday. “We’re making great progress,” the Democratic governor said, noting the state is ranked among the highest in the country for how many residents are fully inoculated. “That is good news. I know the...

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