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Reed Announces Initial $15.2 Million in COVID-19 Funds for RI Cities & Towns

Cranston, East Providence, Pawtucket, Providence, Warwick, Woonsocket, and Statewide recipients will receive key community and housing grants PROVIDENCE, RI – In an effort to help communities combat the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Senator Jack Reed, the Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD), led efforts to include a major infusion of federal funding under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).  Senator Reed, who was part of the bipartisan working group that negotiated key provisions of the legislation, led efforts to include $5 billion for Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) and $4…
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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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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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Trump y el Congreso acuerdan rescate de dos billones de dólares por pandemia

Se trata del mayor rescate económico de la historia de Estados Unidos y daría pagos directos a la mayoría de —  El Senado de Estados Unidos anunció durante la madrugada de este miércoles que alcanzó un acuerdo sobre un paquete de rescate económico de 2 billones de dólares para ayudar a los trabajadores y los negocios a copar con el brote de coronavirus. El texto del proyecto será dado a conocer en la mañana y después seguirá una votación en el Senado. De ser aprobado pasará a la Cámara de Representantes. El líder de la minoría demócrata del Senado, Chuck…
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Governor, Dr. Alexander-Scott Make Child Care Announcements

Eighteen additional cases of COVID-19 in Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo and Dr. Alexander-Scott today made announcements about the state’s response to the COVID-19 public health crisis. : Rhode Island has partnered with to increase child care access for frontline workers responding to the COVID-19 crisis. In addition to providing 90 days of free, premium access to their website, has created portals specifically for frontline workers and caregivers in Rhode ;Starting today, frontline workers looking for child care can visit ;to find a local caregiver. Rhode Island residents interested in becoming caregivers can visit ; to register. Potential caregivers are subject to…
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Reed Statement on Passing of Edna Mattson

WASHINGTON, DC -  Senator Jack Reed today issued the following statement on the passing of Edna O'Neill Mattson, former Rhode Island Democratic National Committeewoman and an active volunteer in the ; For decades, she served her fellow citizens locally in North Kingstown, then with the state Democratic party and Democratic National ; She was active with the Navy Relief Society, the American Red Cross, the Rhode Island Boy Scouts and worked as a facilities manager for the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI). Senator Reed stated: “Edna was the “Grand Dame” of the Rhode Island Democratic ; She lived to…
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