COVID-19 Coronavirus

Governor Dan McKee Announces New COVID-19 Mitigation Measures

Governor Dan McKee announced actions to address the significant increase in COVID-19 cases and pressure on Rhode Island’s hospitals. These measures include masking or proof of vaccination at certain indoor venues, including entertainment venues, retail, places of worship, manufacturing, and offices. 

  • Masking is required of employees and patrons inside venues with a capacity of 250 or more regardless of vaccination status. 
  • Masking or proof of vaccination is required of employees and patrons inside venues with a capacity of fewer than 250 persons. 

To understand what you need to do as a member of the public or a business owner, or to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination or COVID-19 test, please see the links to resources below or visit the Rhode Department of Health COVID-19 Information Website.  

These temporary measures go into effect on Monday, December 20th 2021 and remain in full force and effect through January 18th, 2022 unless renewed, modified, or terminated by a subsequent Executive Order.

Announcement

For more information on the announcement, please read the 12/15/2021 Press Release and Executive Order.  

FAQ

For information about the new COVID-19 mitigation measures, please review these answers to Frequently Asked Questions.  

Information

For information on what the new COVID-19 mitigation measures mean for businesses and work places, please visit RIDOH’s Information for Workplaces page

Get a copy of your COVID-19 vaccine record through portal.ri.gov/VaccineRecord.  

If there is an error with your immunization record or you cannot access your vaccination record through portal.ri.gov/VaccineRecord, use the Immunization Record Correction Request form.

For information on COVID-19 vaccination boosters, please visit RIDOH’s COVID-19 vaccine booster doses

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Testing - South Road Elementary School

COVID-19 testing is available at South Road Elementary School by appointment only. All Rhode Islanders are eligible to get tested at this location, regardless of whether they have symptoms. To schedule a COVID-19 test for yourself or a dependent child, visit portal.ri.gov or call the Rhode Island Department of Health at 401-222-8022.  Testing Information

 Testing is also available at local respiratory clinics, primary care offices, and pharmacies. For more information about how to get tested for COVID-19 and to find the test site closest to you, visit covid.ri.gov/testing. 


Travel Information for Residents and Visitors

For detailed information on travel to Rhode Island see https://covid.ri.gov/covid-19-prevention/travel-tofrom-ri

Town Hall Business

Town Hall is currently open for business

  • A mask is required as of Monday December 20th
  • Window service only
  • Clerks office vault access - by appointment only


Narragansett Business Owners - Fire and Life Safety

As phase 1 of Rhode Island’s reopening begins and many businesses open to the public after 3 months of closure we want to offer some basic guidance for ensuring that all fire and life safety systems are inspected, functional, and ready for use. If you are planning to open to the public, provide outdoor services, or are just welcoming back staff please take a moment to review the following guidelines to ensure that everyone in your facility is safe and protected:

Small Business Resources

On April 1st, 2020 the Governor announced in a Press Release the State is launching a short-term bridge loan program for restaurants and small businesses.  In addition, the US Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering Coronavirus Relief Options.

PPE Equipment  Businesses - Narragansett Chamber of Commerce

We are happy to be able to directly supply PPE equipment to our member businesses.  To apply for yours now, please click on the form below.  Once you have completed the form, please print out and call the chamber at 401-783-7121 to schedule your pick up appointment at our offices.  It’s important you leave a message with your name and call back number if you are not immediately connected with our staff.

You will need to bring this completed form with you to verify your information before receiving your equipment.

PPE FORM FOR COMPANIES

SCORE RI Resources

Let SCORE Help You with the “Nuts and Bolts” of Reopening your Business In this second ReStart RI seminar, we will provide actionable advice to questions on the “nuts and bolts” of reopening your business.

Each Thursday at 1:00pm, they assemble an expert panel on relevant, practical topics that will help small businesses navigate the reopening.  Join them each week to learn how SCORE RI can help your small business during this dynamic and often confusing time.  This web-based interactive workshop will focus on the thorny issues small businesses are facing in getting restarted. Several experienced professionals will answer your questions live on issues such as:

  • Pre-opening communications and winning back customers
  • Ensuring the health & safety of both employees and customers
  • How to procure required cleaning and safety products
  • Understanding short-term revenue, cost, and cash flow implications

REGISTER FOR THE NEXT WEBINAR HERE

Rhode Island Superior Court COVID-19 Business Recovery Program

Below, you will find information regarding the Rhode Island Superior Court COVID-19 Business Recovery Program, which is designed to assist businesses disrupted by the COVID-19 crisis.

RIDLT Resources

Rhode Islanders who have lost work as a result of COVID-19, the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (RIDLT). The RIDLT has created a COVID-19 specific Fact Sheet, available in both English and Spanish

COVID-19 Data Dashboard

RIDOH has published a COVID-19 Data Dashboard that provides up to date data and statistics regarding COVID-19 in Rhode Island. 

Governor’s Email Updates

Sign up to receive email updates from the Governor, and keep up to date on the latest news from Rhode Island’s coronavirus response. 

COVID-19 Self-Checker

RIDOH has developed a COVID-19 Self-Checker, which is an online tool for Rhode Islanders to use to help you make decisions about seeking appropriate medical care. .

Narragansett Executive Orders and Declarations

State of Rhode Island Executive Orders

For a full list of State Executive orders, please use the link below

Senior Congregate Meal Program - Boxed Lunch

Narragansett Community Center dining room is open to the public for hot meals. Menu

Cold box lunches are also available for pick up or delivery to those without transportation.    Senior residents of Narragansett, age 60 or older are eligible to receive a daily boxed lunch.    For more information Narragansett residents can contact Karen Flint at the Narragansett Community Center at 401-782-0675 or by email kflint@narragansettri.gov

RIDOH Press Releases

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) has issued a number of press releases regarding COVID-19 providing helpful information, resources, and updates - including directives from the Governor for all residents. Use the link below to access RIDOH’s most recent press release, and those issued in the last few weeks.  Press Releases

Local & State Resources

The Town is working closely with many local partners and resources at the State level, to monitor the ongoing situation and its impacts locally and throughout the state.  Please be sure to stay up to date on information from the Narragansett School Department, South County Health, and the University of Rhode Island, and visit their websites for information and updates specific to the populations they serve as well.

CDC & RIDOH Online Resources

Rhode Island COVID-19 Sites

Centers for Disease Control Sites

RIDOH Hotline

People with general questions about COVID-19 can call the RIDOH hotline available to the public at (401) 222-8022 (people are being directed to call 211 after hours) or write to RIDOH.COVID19Questions@health.ri.gov.

RIDLT Resources

Rhode Islanders who have lost work as a result of COVID-19, the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (RIDLT). The RIDLT has created a COVID-19 specific Fact Sheet, available in both English and Spanish

Symptoms

People of ANY AGE can contract COVID-19. The CDC has advised that reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and even death for confirmed COVID-19 cases, and that the symptoms commonly appear 2-14 days after exposure.  The CDC and RIDOH advise that common symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. RIDOH has advised that people who think they have COVID-19 should call their healthcare provider, and should not go directly to a healthcare facility without first calling the healthcare facility (unless they are experiencing a medical emergency).  The CDC and RIDOH have advised that older people and people of any age with severe underlying health conditions or have a compromised immune system seem to be at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness. RIDOH reminds the public that there are many respiratory illnesses circulating in Rhode Island, such as the flu and the common cold, and that while members of the public should remain vigilant regarding COVID-19, having respiratory symptoms does not mean that you have COVID-19.  CDC Guidance on Symptoms

Personal Prevention

The CDC advises that everyone can help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like COVID-19, and that everyday preventative actions can help. The CDC recommends social distancing; frequent handwashing with soap and warm water; coughing and sneezing into your elbow or a tissue; avoid touching mouth, nose, and eyes; disinfect commonly touched surfaces; and if you are sick, stay at home. RIDOH is encouraging social distancing such as when greeting people, avoiding handshakes and hugs, and avoiding close personal contact in public - stay at least 6 feet away from other people.  RIDOH is encouraging activities that promote a healthy immune system, such as getting plenty of sleep, being physically active, managing stress, drinking plenty of fluids, and eating nutritious foods.   CDC Prevention & Treatment

Community Prevention

The CDC has provided guidance on COVID-19 prevention efforts in the community, such as at home and at school, as well as providing guidance for businesses and employers, healthcare settings, and first responders.

Mental Health Resources

It is important to take care of our physical health, but at times like these it is also important to take care of our mental health.  Linked below are resources shared by the CDC and RIDOH with mental health supports and resources.

SBA Disaster Loan Assistance

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced it’s offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Rhode Island small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.  Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance.

If your business has questions regarding SBA loans and access to capital, please call our Small Business Hotline during business hours at (401) 521-HELP or e-mail info@commerceri.com anytime.

For questions on temporary disability insurance (TDI), unemployment insurance (UI), and other benefits, please review the COVID-19 Workplace Fact Sheet. Requests for assistance can also be made by emailing dlt.covid19@dlt.ri.gov or calling (401) 462-2020.

Important Resources

Federal agency guidelines, social media resources, fraud and scam protection, facts vs. myths, and more can be found here.