Block Island Times

Medical Center information

Dear Block Island Community,
The Town of New Shoreham updated the Emergency Ordinance on March 23 to protect the public health, safety and welfare of the community from COVID-19. A shelter in place order went into effect Tuesday, March 24 at 5 p.m. The Emergency Declaration is in effect through April 15 and enforces the guidance from Governor Raimondo and the CDC, with additional precautionary measures for Block Island. The Medical Center is grateful for the swift and decisive action by the Town Council and supports the measures outlined as prudent and protective of the entire Block Island community, and especially of our cherished elderly population.
Please read the entire ordinance at
“Shelter in Place” means remaining at your residence except for Essential Activities; however, people may leave their homes for outside activities such as walks and exercise, but social distancing must be maintained and the CDC “15 Days to Slow the Spread” and Rhode Island Department of Health guidelines must be followed.
We are aware that the ‘Shelter in Place” ordinance may increase distress experienced by individuals caused by social isolation from friends and family members.

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