COVID-19 Coronavirus

The Town of Narragansett along with the Narragansett School Department have been working with the Rhode Island Department of Health to bring awareness to residents and minimize any risk of illness.

Everyone has a role, and we encourage all of our residents to take the necessary steps to prevent infection from coronavirus and other respiratory viruses.  As a basic measure, wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, and avoid touching your face.

For more information the following links are a great resources on awareness and preventative measures to reduce the risk of contracting or spreading the COVID-19 virus along with the seasonal flu.

Please continue to follow the Town’s website for any cancellations of events, meetings or public gatherings related to the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

A Message from Town Manager James Tierney


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Narragansett Residents

The Town of Narragansett is directing all residents to stay-in-place unless traveling to work, medical treatment, or to obtain necessities. Town residents may still go outside to exercise and get fresh air, however, they must practice social distancing while outside and avoid touching surfaces frequently touched by others. We are continuing to respond to guidance provided by the Rhode Island Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Governor’s Office and further restrictions are possible.

Narragansett Rentals

The Town of Narragansett is requesting assistance from our real estate brokers, rental agents, private parties that rent units, and online platforms for rentals in the Town of Narragansett.  We urge these businesses NOT to rent any units during the time of this State and Town Declaration of State of Emergency.  Additionally, we urge everyone in/around our Town to adhere to the guidelines to prevent community spread of COVID-19.

Ocean Road Parking

In order to limit access and prevent problems with people congregating by the seawall in violation of the Governor’s Stay at Home Order and to prevent the community spread of COVID-19, an emergency parking restriction has been put in place on Ocean Rd. The restricted parking spaces will be blocked by assorted traffic control devices. Moving them to park here is a violation of town ordinance subject to a fine up to $500 in addition to the parking violation. This measure is being taken to protect the health and safety of the public. Please see the Governor’s Executive Order 20-14 for details and exceptions to the stay at home order.

Narragansett Executive Orders and Declarations

State of Rhode Island Executive Orders

Town Hall Business

Effective Immediately

Town Staff will always be available to assist our residents but during this time of a Declared State of Emergency by the Governor and the Town, our method of service needs to change to protect our residents, employees and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

You will continue to receive quality professional services from your Town staff but it will be delivered in a different manner. Please do not come to Town Hall as there will be no “in person” services without an appointment.  No Exceptions!

Please conduct all transactions via the Town’s website www.narragansettri.gov, use the payment drop box, or call the respective Town department via telephone for assistance. If it is determined that a face to face meeting is necessary, you will be required to make an appointment, no exceptions. 

Out-of-State Travelers Urged to Self-Quarantine - Seasonal residents and visitors included.

NARRAGANSETT, RI (Sunday, March 29, 2020) -- Following the Executive Orders of Gov. Gina Raimondo, the Town of Narragansett is directing all out-of-state travelers and seasonal residents to self-quarantine upon arriving in the Town for a period of two (2) weeks.

Homeowners and seasonal residents travelling from any state are directed to stay inside and self-quarantine for two (2) weeks. All travelers visiting from any locations with confirmed cases of COVID-19, or from COVID-19 “hot spots” or who may have come in contact with anyone exhibiting flu-like symptoms are also directed to self-quarantine immediately. Follow the Governor’s Executive Orders. http://www.governor.ri.gov/newsroom/orders/

Senior Congregate Meal Program - Boxed Lunch

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Narragansett Community Center and South Kingstown Senior Center and dining room are closed to the public.  The Title IIIC senior congregate meal program operated at the South Kingstown Senior Center has been adjusted to provide box lunches which are available for pick up or delivery to those without transportation.    Senior residents of either town, age 60 or older are eligible to receive a daily boxed lunch.  If you are not already registered with the South Kingstown Senior Center Congregate Meal Program, please call the Center at 401-789-0268 to register.  Both Narragansett and South Kingstown will be delivering to any senior resident wishing to participate and unable to pick up their meal (delivery starting in Narragansett as of March 23, 2020.)  For any other information Narragansett residents can contact Karen Flint at the Narragansett Community Center at 401-782-0675 or by email @ kflint@narragansettri.gov; South Kingstown senior residents can contact the Center at 401-789-0268.

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

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.

Grocery/Retail Stores and Reusable Bags

Please stop using reusable bags in all retail businesses in the Town of Narragansett.

The Town has been advised that the use of reusable bags brought into the store by customers may be contaminated with the COVID-19 Virus from outside sources. Definition of Reusable bags; those bags with handles that are specifically designed for multiple reuse and are primarily of cloth or other nonwoven textile or constructed of multiple layers of insulation.

Retail and Grocers must:

  • Allow no more than 20% of stated fire capacity in the store at a time, not including employees;
  • Require staff to count the number of customers entering and exiting the store and enforce limits;
  • Clearly mark 6’ spacing in lines and other high-traffic areas.  Stores should consider posting signage or using ropes to direct customers and to limit bottlenecks/encourage flow in high-density areas of stores;
  • Designate employees to monitor social distancing and assist customers;
  • Maximize space between customers and employees at checkout;
  • Designate employee(s) to ensure the cleaning guidelines set by the CDC are followed;
  • Discontinue self-serve foods and product sampling; and
  • Offer exclusive hours for those in high-risk populations, including seniors, where stores will restrict entrance to maintain 10% of fire capacity.

Larger grocery stores and retailers with more than 25,000 square feet are encouraged to offer pickup and/or delivery options.