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Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation

In accordance with Governor Raimondo’s March 28, 2020 executive order, the Department of Business Regulation is providing the following list of critical and non-critical retail questions on these guidelines, please submit your questions online to the Department of Business Regulation using the web form available at You may also callthe Department of Business Regulation at 401-889-5550 Additional guidance:– Restaurants and bars may continue to operate only for pickup, drive-through, anddelivery as per the Governor’s Executive Order 20-04.– All critical retail employers are required to implement social distancing and to work fromhome to the extent possible.– Financial services offered by pawn…
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Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation, Non-critical retail businesses

– Arts & crafts stores– Florists– Furniture stores (by appointment only)– Car and other motor vehicle dealerships (except for auto repair and by appointment only)– Music stores– Billiard stores– Sporting goods stores– Home furnishings stores– Lawn/garden supply stores (note that agricultural/seafood supply would be allowed to beopen)– Book stores– Departments stores– Gift stores– Beauty supply stores– Second-hand/consignment stores– Shoe stores– Clothing stores– Jewelry stores
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Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation, Critical retail businesses

– Food and beverage stores ( supermarkets; liquor, specialty food, bodega andconvenience stores; farmers’ markets; food banks and pantries)– Pharmacies and medical supply stores, compassion centers– Pet supply stores– Printing shops, mail and delivery stores and operations, office supply– Gas stations– Laundromats– Electronics and telecommunications stores– Industrial, construction, agricultural/seafood equipment and supply stores, hardwarestores, general power equipment– Funeral homes– Auto repair and supply– Banks and credit unions– Firearms stores– Healthcare and public safety professional uniform stores– And other stores and businesses identified as critical by the Department of BusinessRegulation.
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Governor, Dr. Alexander-Scott Announce Stay-At-Home Order and New Travel Restrictions, Limit Gatherings to Groups of Five

Mandatory quarantine extended to anyone who has traveled to Rhode Island from another state Governor Gina M. Raimondo and Dr. Alexander-Scott today made several announcements about the state's response to the COVID-19 ; Stay At Home: The Governor has issued a stay-at-home order until April 13. This means that all Rhode Islanders should stay home unless getting food, medicine, gas, or going to travel: Earlier this week, the Governor ordered anyone coming to Rhode Island from New York by any mode of transportation to quarantine for 14 days. Today, the Governor expanded upon that order. Executive Order 20-12 entitled “Tenth Supplemental Emergency Declaration –…
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La Policía Estatal de Rhode Island está instando al público a estar atento a las estafas a raíz de la pandemia de COVID-19

"Durante estos tiempos difíciles e inseguros, los delincuentes buscan aprovecharse de las preocupaciones de los ciudadanos sobre COVID-19, también conocido como el coronavirus", dijo el comandante Timothy G. Sanzi, comandante del Buró de detectives. "Los miembros de la policía han observado un aumento en la actividad fraudulenta que busca explotar los temores de las personas y queremos que los isleños de Rhode sean conscientes de las estafas que vemos con más frecuencia".   A medida que el público busca respuestas en Internet y en las redes sociales, se les recuerda que obtengan información precisa de fuentes legítimas, en particular sitios…
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The Rhode Island State Police is urging the public to be vigilant of scams in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic

“During these difficult and unsure times, criminals seek to take advantage of citizens’ concerns about COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus,” said Major Timothy ;Sanzi, Detective Bureau Commander. “Members of law enforcement have observed an increase in fraudulent activity seeking to exploit people's fears and we want Rhode Islanders to be aware of the scams we are seeing most frequently.”  As the public looks to the internet and social media for answers, they are reminded to obtain accurate information from legitimate sources, particularly government sites such as the Rhode Island Department of Health () and the United States Center for Disease Control ().  Scams…
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U.S. Senate Passes $2.2 Trillion Emergency Coronavirus Economic Rescue Agreement

Sen. Reed helps craft landmark agreement with federal funds to help individuals, hospitals, communities, & small businesses hit hardest by COVID-19 & includes stronger oversight structure WASHINGTON, DC – Tonight, the Senate unanimously voted 96-0 to pass the $ trillion Emergency Coronavirus Economic Rescue ; Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) says the bipartisan package will help urgently address the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic from both a health and economic standpoint and includes additional aid for people, hospitals, states, and Main Street ; Senator Reed was part of a twenty-member bipartisan working group that helped craft the ; He spearheaded efforts to include…
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Governor Gina M. Raimondo and Dr. Alexander-Scott today announced new guidelines issued by the Department of Business Regulation for retailers and grocers as part of the state’s response to the COVID-19 public health crisis.

Eight additional cases of COVID-19 in Rhode Island As of 5PM tomorrow, all retailers and grocers must: Allow no more than 20% of stated fire capacity in the store at a time;Require staff to count the number of customers entering and exiting the store and enforce limits;Clearly mark 6’ 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;Designate employees to monitor social distancing and assist customers;Maximize space between customers and employees at checkout;Designate employee(s) to ensure the cleaning guidelines set by…
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Governor, Dr. Alexander-Scott Announce New Guidelines for Large Retailers

Guidelines for Retail and Grocers Rhode Island has asked all businesses to comply with social distancing guidelines and to maintain a high level of sanitation and employee hygiene in line with CDC guidance. In furtherance of those directives and to prevent crowding at retail and grocery stores, the following guidelines are being instituted as of March 26, 2020 at 5:00 PM: Social distancing: 1. Allow no more than 20% of stated fire capacity in the store at a time (note that this reduced capacity is approximately 150 square feet per person*). Require staff to count the number of customers entering…
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Reed Helps Reach Bipartisan $2 Trillion Emergency Coronavirus Economic Rescue Agreement

Massive coronavirus relief package includes four months expanded unemployment benefits and direct payments, $367 billion to aid small business, $150 billion for state and local governments, $130 billion for hospitals & health centers, an employee retention tax credit to incentivize businesses to keep workers on payroll during the crisis, & much more ***Reed, a member of the Appropriations Committee, who was driving force behind State Stabilization Fund & successfully included critical funds for Rhode Island, stresses this isn’t a windfall, it’s about saving lives and sustaining workers, jobless, businesses, and communities through a historic pandemic*** WASHINGTON, DC – In an effort…
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