Mayor Elorza bans gatherings of more than 10

Mayor Elorza announced additional coronavirus containment guidelines for the city of Providence at a Friday afternoon press conference.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Mayor Elorza announced additional coronavirus containment guidelines for the city of Providence at a Friday afternoon press conference.

The executive order will take effective Saturday, March 21 at 5:00 p.m. and will last until further notice.

Elorza banned all gatherings of 10 or more people going forward.

Additionally, the following establishments and facilities will be closed to the public until further notice:

  • Fitness CentersHealth Clubs, Health Spas, Gyms, Aquatic Centers
  • Hair Salons and Barber Shops
  • Massage Parlors and Body Works Establishments
  • Beauty Salons (Including tanning, nail and eyelash salons)
  • Tattoo Parlors
  • Flea Markets
  • Mass Gatherings (including social, community, spiritual, religious, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings and events of more than 10 people)

Also announced, 10 Providence Police Officers are now quarantining after being exposed to the virus on Wednesday. Three other officers and six firefighters are also quarantining due to recent travel.

The public safety commissioner is now looking for a site where all first responders can quarantine so they don’t have to go home and risk exposing their family members.

Per the Governor’s executive order earlier this week, food establishments have been prohibited from offering dine-in services. Currently, they are only permitted to offer delivery, drive-thru and pick up services.

However, two more restaurants were busted Thursday night for serving patrons inside the establishment. Those restaurants were El Caribeño and Honduras Restaurant, both are now closed.

Businesses that are found in violation of these restrictions will be issued emergency closure letters and will remain closed until further notice.

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