Block Island Times

Businesses told not to bring seasonal workers to the island

The following message was issued by Interim Town Manager Jim Kern:
This notice is distributed as a reminder to all persons that the Town has not issued any hotel, rooming house or boardinghouse licenses. It is not anticipated that any such licenses will be issued during the effective period of the Town’s Emergency Ordinance. Accordingly, no persons, including seasonal employees, may be housed in any hotel, rooming house or boardinghouse without the appropriate license.
Any person who is found to be providing housing to persons without the appropriate license, will be subject to the penalties provided for by law. During this difficult time, it is the Town’s intention to enforce the licensing ordinances and statutes to fullest extent permitted by law.
The Town also reminds all business owners that any seasonal workers arriving on Block Island cannot be housed at any premises for which a hotel, rooming house or boardinghouse license is required.
Furthermore, all persons arriving on the island are required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival and to shelter in place after the quarantine period. In addition, seasonal staff cannot work at their employers’ businesses. Only essential activities are allowed under the Emergency Ordinance. Based

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