Gov: Residents of border communities can grocery shop in Mass., but “be safe about it”

Governor Gina Raimondo said Wednesday that Rhode Island residents who live in communities that border Massachusetts and go there to grocery shop can continue to do so without having to quarantine.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Governor Gina Raimondo said Wednesday that Rhode Island residents who live in communities that border Massachusetts and go there to grocery shop can continue to do so without having to quarantine.

The Governor had previously said that anyone crossing the border from Rhode Island into Massachusetts, for any reason, must self-quarantine for 14 days.

Governor Raimondo’s press secretary, Josh Block, said in an email Wednesday morning that the quarantine order was still in effect.

“Anyone leaving the state and coming back, including for groceries, must quarantine. As a reminder, there is still a Stay at Home order in effect, so no Rhode Islander should be leaving the house unless absolutely necessary,” wrote Block.

But during Wednesday’s press briefing the Governor addressed the issue, saying that if residents live minutes from a grocery store in Massachusetts, and it’s farther to choose a Rhode Island one, it is okay to go there.

“I need you to be smart about it,” she said, adding that it’s crucial to go straight home after, and only leave for essentials. “The less you leave your house, the safer we’ll all be.”

Governor Raimondo’s executive order requiring anyone that travels out of state to quarantine for 14 days upon returning to Rhode Island remains in effect and does not apply to essential workers.

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