Providence declares state of emergency
Mayor Elorza suspends issuing new entertainment licenses, non-essential meetings canceled
PROVIDENCE, R.I.- Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza declared a state of emergency for the city today, suspending any new entertainment licenses and restricting current license holders from serving or gathering more than 100 people.
Any newly issued entertainment license has also been temporarily suspended. The new guidelines will continue for an unspecified amount of time.
“The health and safety of our residents, businesses and visitors is our absolute top priority and we need to contain this virus in any way that we can,” said Mayor Jorge Elorza.
City events, including St. Patrick’s Day and St. Joseph’s Day celebrations, will be rescheduled, according to the statement issued by Elorza.
The city is working to cancel non-essential public meetings. Meetings determined to be essential for government functioning will proceed in accordance to public health guidelines.
“We are asking all of our residents and visitors to work together to think about our neighbors and our community members who would be most affected if this virus were to spread and to take the proper precautions to protect all of us,” Elorza said.
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