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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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Town Hall Business

The Town of Narragansett Departments will continue operations in the current manner. Town Hall and facilities will remained closed to regular foot traffic but we continue our operations for our community. We continue to encourage all of our residents to utilize our website and/or calling in for information as opposed to an “in person” meeting. Residents can still schedule a visit to conduct business, when necessary, “by appointment only”. Payments can be mailed, dropped in the drop box, and/or paid electronically. 

Additionally, staff and the public must be wearing a face covering/mask during any face to face transactions. No exceptions.   

It is anticipated that this scope of Town operations will be in place until at least the end of "Phase 1” , as described by the Governor.

This is subject to change as more information becomes available. . 

Thank you for your continued cooperation.  

Reopening RI - Phase 3 - Picking up Speed - Starting June 30, 2020

Reopening RI Website - Phase 3 information

  • Social gatherings limited to 25 People indoors or 50 people outdoors.
  • For Social gatherings like weddings - 50 people indoors and 100 outdoors
  • Public events limited to 125 people indoors or up to 200 outdoors, those planning an event of over 100 people will need to submit plans to Commerce RI.
  • Indoor settings operating at a square footage capacity can increase up to 1 person per 100 square feet, keep social distancing.
  • Indoor settings operating at a percent capacity cap can increase to 66% maintaining social distancing.
  • Travel: 14 day quarantine for anyone coming to RI from any state with 5% or greater positivity rate, see State website for exceptions
  • Face Coverings must be worn in public, both indoors and outdoors whenever 6 feet of social distance cannot be maintained.
  • Telemedicine:  Health insurers must cover telemediciine for primary care, specialty care, and mental and behavioral healthcare.

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

Crush COVID App

CRUSH COVID RI is a COVID-19 pandemic response app which provides Rhode Islanders easy access to all of the resources required during the public health crisis, including a location diary that helps users identify the people and places they are in contact with and a symptom checking survey.

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. 

Governor’s Stay At Home Order Lifted

The Governor issued Executive Order 20-14 on Saturday March 28th, 2020 which included several significant orders, including a Stay at Home order for all Rhode Islanders.  This Stay at Home order was lifted, effective Saturday May 9th, 2020, after the Governor issued Executive Order 20-32.  It is noted that vulnerable populations as defined by the CDC, which include those who are 65 and older are strongly advised to stay at home unless they must go to work, travel for medical treatment or obtain other necessities such as groceries, gas or medication. The CDC has identified conditions that make people at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. In addition, Executive Order 20-32 indicates that those who can continue to work from home, should continue to do so, and that employers with employees who live in another state should continue to offer remote work (with the exception of public health, public safety, and healthcare workers). 

Narragansett Rentals

The Town of Narragansett is requesting assistance from our real estate brokers, rental agents, private parties, and on line platforms that rent units in the Town of Narragansett. We urge these businesses to advise any renters arriving from an international destination or from any area with an active “stay at home” order (link to the list is below) to quarantine for fourteen (14) days during the time of this State of Rhode Island Declaration of State of Emergency. International arrivals and persons arriving from areas that have an active “stay at home” order MUST quarantine for fourteen (14) days upon arrival in Rhode Island.

State by State "Stay at home order" Status

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

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

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

Cloth Face Coverings To be Worn in Public  

The Governor issued Executive Order 20-30 stating that effective Friday May 8th, 2020 anyone in public, both inside and outside, shall wear a cloth face covering that covers their nose and mouth. Additional detail about this directive, and exceptions, can be found in the Executive Order.

Rhode Island Commerce has provided information for retailers and businesses, and RIDOH has provided signage to post.

Dr. Alexander-Scott had indicated in a prior Press Conference that the primary goal of wearing a cloth face covering is to help reduce the release of respiratory droplets that may contain infectious materials into the air when someone speaks, coughs, or sneezes. The Doctor shared that cloth face coverings can be a home-sewn face mask, or an improvised covering such a scarf, and that these face coverings should be washed at least daily.  The Doctor advised that cloth face coverings are different than medical masks, and that people should not be hoarding surgical masks or N95 masks which are in short supply. Instead, people are encouraged to wear cloth face coverings, with material that covers the nose and mouth, can be secured to the head with ties or straps, or simply wrapped around the lower face.

The CDC has also issued guidance regarding cloth face coverings, available below.
CDC Recommendations on Cloth Face Coverings
CDC Information on how to make and use Cloth Face Coverings 

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.

Important Resources

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