Latest Gina Raimondo News

Bar temporarily closed for violating coronavirus regulations

Jul. 9, 2020 10:11 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island restaurant was ordered closed over the July 4 weekend for failing to follow the state's coronavirus safety regulations. The state Department of Business Regulation ordered Harris Bar and Grill in Coventry closed on July 3, making it first establishment the state has...

State to crack down on businesses flouting coronavirus rules

Jul. 8, 2020 4:00 PM EDT

Rhode Island is about to come down harder on businesses that continue to flout rules designed to prevent a resurgence of coronavirus cases in the state, Gov. Gina Raimondo said Wednesday. Although state inspections of businesses have found that the vast majority are complying with regulations meant to stop...

Nursing homes defend care, taking visitors again next week

Jul. 3, 2020 4:16 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Residents of Rhode Island's nursing homes and assisted-living facilities will be able to welcome their loved ones again starting next week under new rules released Friday by the state Department of Health. Guests will be allowed beginning Wednesday, provided the facilities adhere to...

Confirmed coronavirus hospitalizations continue to decline

Jul. 1, 2020 2:40 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The number people hospitalized in Rhode Island with confirmed cases of COVID-19 — a key indicator in the success of controlling the disease — continues to decline, the state Department of Health reported Wednesday. There were 69 people in the state's hospitals with the...

Rhode Island driver's licenses can now be gender neutral

Jun. 30, 2020 2:34 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island residents can now select a gender-neutral designation on their driver’s license, Gov. Gina Raimondo announced Tuesday. The new option will appear on driver’s licenses as an X, according to a statement from the governor's office. The move aligns Rhode...

Weddings, movies, music on -- with masks -- as state reopens

Jun. 29, 2020 3:39 PM EDT

Rhode Islanders can invite more people to their weddings, go to a movie theater or museum, and take in some live music beginning Tuesday under regulations for the third phase of the state's coronavirus economic recovery announced by Gov. Gina Raimondo. “We really want to enable commerce so people can get...

Arriving passengers await their bags in the baggage claim area at LaGuardia Airport's Terminal B baggage claim area, Thursday, June 25, 2020, in New York. New York, Connecticut and New Jersey are asking visitors from states with high coronavirus infection rates to quarantine for 14 days. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Isolate on arrival: NYC region is latest to try quarantine

Jun. 26, 2020 6:31 PM EDT

Welcome to New York! Now don’t come near us for two weeks. New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are the latest states to enact 14-day traveler quarantines to try to check the spread of the coronavirus. After being slammed by the outbreak this spring, the states' governors hope they can preserve their...

State has 1st case of rare coronavirus-related condition

Jun. 26, 2020 3:22 PM EDT

Rhode Island has had its first case of a rare but serious inflammatory condition in children that has been linked to the coronavirus, state Department of Health Director Nicole Alexander-Scott said Friday. The child was diagnosed with multisystem inflammatory syndrome Thursday and tested positive for COVID-19,...

Raimondo urges Rhode Islanders to prevent virus resurgence

Jun. 24, 2020 7:12 PM EDT

Gov. Gina Raimondo issued a dire warning to Rhode Islanders on Wednesday: Stop wearing face coverings in public, stop social distancing, relax the state's aggressive coronavirus testing program, and the number of new cases could surge again as they are in Texas, Arizona and several other states. The normally...

Governor signs law banning 3D-printed weapons, 'ghost guns'

Jun. 23, 2020 4:11 PM EDT

The governor of Rhode Island on Tuesday signed into law bills that ban 3D-printed guns and so-called “ghost guns” in the state. The bills, the first ones Gov. Gina Raimondo has signed during the coronavirus pandemic, are “a matter of public health," she said. “I am proud to sign them...