Newport to require masks in municipal buildings
NEWPORT, R.I. (WLNE) – The City of Newport announced Wednesday it will require masks in public buildings starting Monday, August 2.
Visitors to Newport City Hall, and other public buildings like the police station, will be required to wear masks regardless of vaccination status.
Members of the public attending in-person meetings at City Hall and other municipal buildings will also be required to wear a mask.
Additionally, City Officials will be required to wear masks in common areas and while engaging with the public.
In its announcement, the City said the new mask requirements are driven by rising coronavirus cases in the state, particularly the Delta variant, as well as “lagging vaccination rates.”