Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo is rolling back reopening in the state with a last-call for bars, restrictions on out-of-state travelers and limits on social gatherings.
Anyone traveling into Rhode Island from 33 hot zone states, including Arizona, Texas, Florida, Georgia and California, will have to provide a negative Covid-19 test or must quarantine, she announced Wednesday.
Travelers checking into a hotel or any kind of a rental property will “need to sign a certificate of compliance, verifying that they have had a negative test result, or that they intend to quarantine for 14 days while they are here,” Raimondo said.
The National Guard will assist with informing travelers of the tightened restrictions at airports, she said.
Raimondo said 20% of bars inspected this weekend “were still not separating the bartender from the customer.”
State officials have been “bending over backwards to keep the bars open” because they are “sympathetic to the fact that restaurants are barely making it,” she said. Raimondo then announced starting Friday, bars will not be allowed to operate after 11 p.m.
More details: In an effort to crack down on gatherings, group sizes will now be reduced to 15 people or less, she said. Rhode Islanders should consider gathering with the same 15 people whenever possible, the governor said.
Raimondo reminded residents the fine for violating the social gathering limit is $500 for each person found to be in violation.