Block Island Times

Updates from Interim Town Manager Jim Kern

Dear Residents, Businesses, and Community Partners:
This week, Governor Raimondo executed the first phase of the State’s framework for re-opening Rhode Island’s economy and the benchmarks that need to be met to continue through the next two phases. Along with opening some businesses and parks, the Governor has raised the stay-at-home order effective May 9th.
In addition, the Town of New Shoreham amended our Emergency Ordinance effective May 8th. As a result of the changes in the amendment, the Town has largely aligned with the State of Rhode Island executive orders and guidelines for re-opening in a gradual manner.
We anticipate that if the number of cases and hospitalizations remain stable or improve, lifting of existing restrictions will follow.
A brief summary of the changes resulting from the amendment to the TNS emergency ordinance of May 8th:
• The 14-day quarantine for visitors to the island has been lifted. It is important to note, however that the 14-day quarantine for anyone coming to the island from out of state remains as a part of the Governor’s state-wide executive order.
• Residents of the island who leave the island are no longer required to quarantine upon their return.

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