Council cautiously expands allowed activities

UPDATE: Anyone who may be allowed to return to work under the provisions of the newly revised emergency ordinance should fill out the following form:
“This is not a free for all, and it is being managed. This is going to work if people follow the orders; it is about the larger effort,” said Interim Town Manager Jim Kern during a Town Council meeting at which the council approved adding new categories to its essential work activities list. The vote was 3-2, with councilors Chris Willi and André Boudreau dissenting because they both felt it was too early to begin loosening the restrictions of the emergency ordinance in place since March 23. Councilors Martha Ball, Sven Risom and First Warden Ken Lacoste voted for the amendments, feeling that it was a controlled and manageable rollout to get some islanders back to work.
The council reiterated that safety protocols and measures for attempting to prevent the coronavirus from appearing on Block island would stay in place. The amended emergency ordinance begins Monday, April 20. During a discussion on enforcement and ramifications if the guidelines are not followed in terms of keeping workers safe, Ball was succinct in

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