Gov. Raimondo’s executive order mandating people wear face coverings in public starts Friday

PROVIDENCE, RI (WLNE) – On Tuesday Governor Gina Raimondo told Rhode Islanders that they have to accept that COVID-19 is here to stay.

“Until we have a vaccine, this is absolutely a marathon,” she said.

On that note, Gov. Raimondo said she will sign an executive order Tuesday that will take effect Friday requiring everyone in Rhode Island to wear a face-covering while out in public.

“Have the face-covering with you, be prepared to wear it, and if you’re in 6 feet of someone you are not constantly in contact with, put it on,” Raimondo said. “It doesn’t have to be fancy.”

Raimondo said that more language and guidance about her executive order requiring people to wear masks in public will be available Friday when it takes effect. But Raimondo made it clear that there will be fines to ensure compliance.

The governor reminded Rhode Island Health Care workers that the state has multiple support systems in place for those who are fearful about spreading germs at their homes.

“In the past two months, we’ve set up 1,200 beds at 6 sites to provide people with quarantine space and give health care workers a safe space to rest,” Raimondo said.

Gov. Raimondo also noted that the Rhode Island Food Bank has delivered 26,000 meals a day, 3 million pounds of food throughout the pandemic, which is a 40% increase.

Raimondo once again brought up the increase in Domestic Violence calls since her stay-at-home order has been in place.

“This administration has a zero-tolerance policy for domestic violence of any kind,” Gov. Raimondo said. “We took swift action with resource materials and the “Safe at Home” website.”

Also on Tuesday, the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) announced 14 new COVID-19 deaths and 281 new cases.

That brings the state’s total to 9,933 cumulative cases and 355 deaths.

There are 327 people currently in the hospital, 89 in the ICU, and 62 on ventilators.

Providence has the most cases in Rhode Island with 3,096 and Pawtucket has the second-most with 946. Cranston has the third most with 564 cases, according to RIDOH.

Raimondo said that the 14-day quarantine for out-of-staters coming to stay in Rhode Island will stay in effect during phase 1 of re-opening the state’s economy. She added that the number of people that will be allowed for gatherings under phase 1 is still to be determined.


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