Narragansett Town Council to vote on enforcing Raimondo’s executive orders

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NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (WLNE)- Narragansett Town Council President Matthew Mannix has submitted a motion that would prevent police from fining businesses or churches that open in defiance of Governor Gina Raimondo’s executive orders, according to town documents.

The motion seeks to recognize Memorial Day as the “unofficial start of the summer season for most Americans, Rhode Islanders and Narragansett residents”, a time when the town’s beaches and waterfront businesses would see heavy traffic from visitors across the region.

The motion describes Phase One of the state’s reopening plan as placing “many cumbersome restrictions on places of worship, restaurants, retail establishments and other small businesses.”

The resolution would entail Narragansett police and “other law enforcement entities” to use their discretion and “not issue fines or violations” based on Raimondo’s executive orders.

Asked by a reporter about the measure at Friday’s press briefing, Raimondo called the resolution “reckless.”

“It is so selfish to all the people of Rhode Island who have worked for so long putting their lives on hold,” Raimondo said.

The council votes on the resolution Monday.

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