Latest Rhode Island state government News

State on track to start next phase of economic reopening

May. 26, 2020 12:54 PM EDT

Rhode Island is on schedule to launch the second phase of its economic reboot next week, given the successes of the Memorial Day weekend, Gov. Gina Raimondo said Tuesday. “The good news is, overwhelmingly, people were out and about doing the right thing," the Democrat said during her daily news briefing on...

Amanda Pensack, left, and Derek Engelking, of Weymouth, Mass., sit on Marconi Beach, part of Cape Cod National Seashore, Monday, May 25, 2020, in Wellfleet, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Flags in Boston Common honor vets; Some beaches reopen in RI

May. 25, 2020 9:30 PM EDT

Volunteers placed 1,000 physically distanced flags on Boston Common for Memorial Day while beaches, barbers and hair salons reopen in Massachusetts. A sole veteran accompanied by police escorts marched in downtown Portland, Maine, and placed a flag at Monument Square on Monday, in place of the city's traditional...

Some Rhode Island shellfishing areas closing for season

May. 23, 2020 1:28 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Several shellfishing areas in Rhode Island are closing for the season starting Saturday due to potential water quality impacts associated with marinas and mooring fields. The harvesting areas will remain closed until Oct. 13, according to the state Department of Environmental...

Server Katie Maloney, of Providence, R.I., center, wears a mask out of concern for the coronavirus while assisting patrons in an outdoor seating area at Plant City restaurant, in Providence, Monday, May 18, 2020. Rhode Island allowed restaurants to provide service with outdoor seated dinning Monday for the first time since the beginning of the government imposed lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Governor: Hair salons, gyms, parks and more to reopen June 1

May. 22, 2020 3:54 PM EDT

Rhode Island is eyeing a broad reopening of its virus-shuttered economy starting June 1. Hair salons and barbershops, gyms and fitness studios, and a range of outdoor venues will be allowed to reopen as part of the state’s planned second phase of resuming normal social and business activities, Gov. Gina...

Unemployment soars to 17% as gov says virus crisis easing

May. 21, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

The coronavirus pandemic that forced the shutdown of businesses across Rhode Island sent the state’s unemployment rate soaring to 17% in April, the state Department of Labor and Training announced Thursday. That’s up from 4.7% in March and 3.6% last April. The state shed almost 99,000 jobs from...

Server Katie Maloney, of Providence, R.I., center, wears a mask out of concern for the coronavirus while assisting patrons in an outdoor seating area at Plant City restaurant, in Providence, Monday, May 18, 2020. Rhode Island allowed restaurants to provide service with outdoor seated dinning Monday for the first time since the beginning of the government imposed lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Towns eye reopening beaches; CVS returns fed pandemic funds

May. 20, 2020 5:02 PM EDT

Rhode Island communities are making plans to open local beaches shuttered by the coronavirus pandemic as Memorial Day weekend approaches. Newport's City Manager Joseph Nicholson said this week that the city hopes to open Easton’s Beach around June 4. He told the City Council during his Tuesday briefing...

A patron adjusts her mask after ordering food from a walk-up window at Plant City restaurant, in Providence, R.I., Monday, May 18, 2020. Rhode Island allowed restaurants to provide service with outdoor seated dinning Monday for the first time since the beginning of the government imposed lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Rhode Island smartphone app helping trace COVID-19 patients

May. 19, 2020 2:25 PM EDT

Rhode Island introduced a smartphone app Tuesday that state officials say could help public health workers trace the contacts of COVID-19 patients and connect them to testing and other resources. The Crush Covid RI app uses satellite-based GPS technology to track people’s location if they opt into that...

In this Friday, May 15, 2020 photo, photographers Jennifer Dougan, left, and Christy Mitchell, of Wallingford, photograph Lyman Hall High School student Imaan Raza, 18, and mother Umera Raza at their residence in Wallingford, Conn. Dougan and Mitchell are offering Lyman Hall High School seniors complimentary mini-prom photo shoots as a silver lining to the pandemic canceling the event. (Dave Zajac/Record-Journal via AP)

Snip? Oh, snap! Connecticut delays haircuts until early June

May. 18, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — That haircut will have to wait. Salons and barbershops across Connecticut are not being allowed to reopen on Wednesday after all. Gov. Ned Lamont announced Monday that Connecticut is now aligning its plans with neighboring Rhode Island to reopen hair salons and barbershops sometime...

Server Katie Maloney, of Providence, R.I., center, wears a mask out of concern for the coronavirus while assisting patrons in an outdoor seating area at Plant City restaurant, in Providence, Monday, May 18, 2020. Rhode Island allowed restaurants to provide service with outdoor seated dinning Monday for the first time since the beginning of the government imposed lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Outdoor dining returns; 2 beaches to reopen for Memorial Day

May. 18, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

Rhode Island is continuing to emerge from its pandemic-induced slumber, as some restaurants began offering outdoor dining Monday and Gov. Gina Raimondo announced that two state beaches will reopen on Memorial Day. Raimondo said East Matunuck Beach in South Kingstown and Scarborough Beach in Narragansett will be...

A customer picks up an order of household goods from a shop's walk up window Saturday, May 9, 2020, in Providence, R.I. Non-essential businesses are reopening under Gov. Gina Raimondo's plan to gradually lift some restrictions imposed to slow the outbreak. Face masks are now required for anyone in a public place and bars, salons and gyms remain closed while restaurants remain limited to take out and delivery. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Beach town revolt? Seaside town weighs ignoring virus rules

May. 15, 2020 5:22 PM EDT

A popular Rhode Island beach town is considering openly ignoring the state’s coronavirus restrictions as the traditional Memorial Day start of the summer season approaches, but Gov. Gina Raimondo warns the move would be “selfish” and “reckless.” Narragansett Town Council...