Block Island Times

State and town create employee housing protocols

With Block Island’s communal employee housing having caught the eye of the state, members of the Town Council, as well as Dr. Tom Warcup, have been partnering with mainland officials on how best to safely house the workers and quarantine anybody who tests positive for the coronavirus.
According to the guidelines created during these discussions, employees will be limited to two per room, with only two people allowed in a restroom at any given time.
The Town Council met via telecommunication on Wednesday, June 3 for the next steps and guidelines as Rhode Island and Block Island enter Phase 2 in reopening. Hotels and restaurants are beginning to open, with restaurants now offering a combination of takeout and restricted outdoor dining.
Second Warden André Boudreau summarized the new rules from the state relating to the congregate living situations on the island.
“The guidance has key issues addressed: two persons maximum per bedroom and bathroom, disinfection of bathrooms between uses, provisions of adequate cleaning and sanitizing supplies, and adhering to C.D.C. guidelines,” said Boudreau, adding the rest of the guidelines and rules fall under C.D.C. recommendations.
Interim Town Manager Jim Kern added that the plan will be shared with

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