Rhode Island bars can no longer stay open past 11 p.m. starting Friday


PROVIDENCE, RI (WLNE) – Starting Friday all Rhode Island bars will be required to close at 11 p.m. after state inspectors found a lack of compliance with coronavirus restrictions inside bars.

“Last weekend inspectors found 20% of bars that were still not separating the bartender form the customer,” Gov. Gina Raimondo said at her weekly COVID-19 briefing Wednesday. “Starting this Friday, we will no longer allow bars to operate past 11 p.m.”

Raimondo added that restaurants that have bars can still stay open, but the bar must be closed by 11 p.m.

There will be a new unit within the Rhode Island State Police to crack down on social gatherings, Raimondo said.

If you see a large gathering at a bar or at a house there is a hotline specifically designed to report these instances which is 401-764-5554.

State Police will be working with local law enforcement and other agencies.

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