City of Providence closes 2 businesses in violation of restrictions amid coronavirus

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE): The City of Providence issued emergency closures for businesses in violation of the temporary restriction on entertainment licenses and the 100-patron capacity limit.

Two establishments were found in violation: Wonderland, an adult gentlemen’s club on Allens Avenue, and Parkview Bakery on Broad Street.

The emergency closure letters will remain in effect until further notice, according to the city.

The State of Emergency Declaration and Executive order was made last week in response to growing community concern regarding the spread of COVID-19.

The restrictions were implemented as public health measures and are effective until further notice.

“The city continues to urge businesses to amplify State and local efforts in mitigating the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus by adhering to license and patron-limit restrictions in addition tot he recommended¬† social distancing and hygiene practices.”

According to the city website: 

All license holders need to limit their capacities to 100 patrons and practice social distancing and sanitation protocols as recommended by the CDC.

All entertainment license holders can continue to host patrons through other licenses (food, liquor, etc)

What is not allowed:

  • Live performances of music or sound by individuals, bands, musicians, disc jockeys, dancing, or karaoke
  • Dancing
  • Cover charges
  • Flashing lights, lasers or strobe lights
  • Music that can be heard beyond the walls of the establishment

What is allowed under this temporary restriction:

  • Music performances limited to three (3) acoustic instruments and that are not amplified
  • Prerecorded music or music played through a streaming service that cannot be heard beyond the four walls of the establishment.


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