Block Island Times

Mulling a message for uncertain times

With Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo declaring a State of Emergency, coupled with Interstate Navigation issuing a statement that, while there is no projected change to the ferry schedule, said the company is maintaining a rigorous disinfecting regimen to minimize exposure to their passengers, Block Island Chamber of Commerce Director Cindy Lasser asked members of the Tourism Council if the groups should issue an official statement on how the virus may impact the upcoming summer season.
“Is there going to be a statement?” Lasser asked the Tourism Board members at their Tuesday, March 10 meeting, but she added that she was also unsure if a statement needed to be made at this time. The conversation took place before it was known that the Block Island Lions Club had cancelled its annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner, which was scheduled for Saturday, March 14. It was also before the announcement from Block Island Power Co. had issued a statement that it was closing its office for any in-person transactions. The statement from BIPCo President Jeffery Wright stated: “Due to the nature of our business transactions and the critical nature of the services we provide, we are taking several precautions in

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