Governor to discuss new regulations to stop further spread of coronavirus

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Governor Gina Raimondo is set to make an announcement at 1:00 p.m. Thursday on new regulations to stop the spread of COVID-19.

The announcement comes after she says Rhode Island is headed into troubled waters if coronavirus numbers continue on their current upward trend. She says data shows an increase in new case numbers, positivity rate, and hospitalizations.

The Governor blamed the surged on small social gatherings, saying when people who are comfortable with one another like family and friends get together, they let their guard down and don’t follow basic guidelines like wearing masks and social distancing.

“Let’s pull together now and do what it takes to control our small informal gatherings with family, friends, church, and co-workers,” Governor Gina Raimondo said in a press conference Wednesday. “Wear our mask always. Re-commit ourselves to following the rules so we can bend that curve.”

The Governor the current outbreak is different from what we saw in the spring, where cases were attributed to large social gatherings. She and her team have combed through the data several times and it shows that controlled environments like restaurants and schools are actually doing really well currently.

While the Governor would not go into further detail about the announcement, she said she will not turn her back on the economy.

“I’m not going to announce we’re moving back a phase. I’m not going to announce broad changes to clap down on restaurants, retail or commerce. This for two reasons… there’s no evidence to suggest that’s where the problem is and two, people need to keep working.”

The Governor said she’s worried for the holidays. She encouraged people not to travel and said, if you planned any parties, cancel them.

“If you have planned a Halloween party, cancel it right now,” Governor Raimondo said.

The Governor also put a huge focus on testing, stating she’ll release more information about new opportunities later, but adding everyone, even asymptomatic people should get tested often.

ABC 6 will continue to bring you the latest coverage on the Governor’s announcement.

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