Hotel Providence holds rapid COVID-19 tests for guests, staff before wedding events

"This is a game changer for our business. Up until now we were limited to 15 people For wedding and events its much larger gatherings. With this you can have a safer event... but also more people can come to your event," said Greg Nawrocki, Director of Sales at the Providence Hotel. 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- The past year was difficult for newly engaged couples to plan their big day. Industry professionals in Rhode Island are now taking advantage of a new program, which offers COVID-19 rapid testing kits to businesses and venues.

Hotel Providence used a 15-minute BinaxNOW rapid COVID-19 test during a wedding tasting event on Saturday.

All couples with upcoming weddings were invited to sample the menu.  Staff at the Hotel Providence told ABC6 News that overall, it was a pretty simple process.

After filling out a questionnaire and doing their own nasal swab, participants will receive their results by text or email in just minutes.

The test is free of charge, and provides a sense of safety and security for couples and guests to properly enjoy the big day.

“This is a game changer for our business. Up until now we were limited to 15 people For wedding and events its much larger gatherings. With this you can have a safer event… but also more people can come to your event,” said Greg Nawrocki, Director of Sales at the Providence Hotel.

If someone tests positive, they won’t be allowed inside of the event.

“We know that keeping our guests safe is a top priority and Hotel Providence used the on-site BinaxNOW rapid 15-minute test to show that it can be done in person safely as an option. We are encouraging all guests to take advantage of testing in advance 48 hours before the event with many of the local site,” said Luke Renchan, spokesperson for RI Coalition of Wedding and Event Professionals.

To find local testing sites, click here.

All businesses interested in signing up for the rapid test program are urged to call the sate’s Business Testing Contact Center.

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