Raimondo discusses Memorial Day Weekend and details on reopening places of worship

RIDOH reported 209 new cases and 6 deaths Wednesday.
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Governor Gina Raimondo and RIDOH Director Dr. Nicole Alexander Scott will hold a press conference at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

RIDOH reported 209 new cases and 6 deaths Wednesday.

This brings Rhode Island’s COVID-19 case total to 13,356 and 538 deaths.

There are 257 people in the hospital in Rhode Island, 58 are in the ICU, and 45 are on a ventilator.

RIDOH says 3,086 COVID-19 tests were given Tuesday.

During Governor Raimondo’s press briefing, she was excited to announce that more than 10,000 Rhode Islanders have downloaded the Crush COVID RI mobile app in less than 24 hours. She added that there has been a lot of positive feedback so far and hopes to announce additional users, Thursday.

She reminded everyone that this upcoming weekend is Memorial Day Weekend. All state parks will be open, along with East Matunuck State Beach and Scarborough State Beach. This will be a symbolic opening with very limited parking, no concession and no lifeguards.

Everyone going to the beach or parks is asked to not congregate and not stay too long, all while practicing social distancing.

Similarly, Memorial Day Weekend is a popular time for backyard barbecues. This is not a weekend to throw a big party or barbecue as social gatherings are limited to no more than 5 people.

If Rhode Islanders do not adhere to these guidelines, it is likely that the state will see a spike in cases 2-3 weeks from now.

Friday May 22, Raimondo is expected to discuss what the start of Phase 2 looks like for the state, hopefully for early June.

Over the weekend and on Memorial Day, the governor asked everyone to pause and remember what the day is all about – remembering our fallen service members.

There will be no press conference on Monday, but Governor Raimondo will provide a video message for the solemn day. In addition, there will be a virtual ceremony at the Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery.

A big announcement Wednesday included the opening of faith services allowing members of religious communities to worship in house. Places of worship are able to reopen the weekend of May 30 with strict guidance.

All places of worship will be limited to 25% of their overall capacity. The governor has received feedback from religious leaders saying they are going to keep capacity much lower. On the contrary, some leaders have inquired about capacity above 25%. She said that capacity above 25% cannot be supported at this time.

The cup, the blood of Christ will not be offered during mass, but the host, the body of Christ will be with regulations. Additional detailed requirements are to be provided on reopeningri.com later this week.

The healthcare of Rhode Islanders was also touched upon. Throughout the pandemic, the state has sadly seen a 30-40% decline in child immunizations.  Everyone is encouraged to see your doctors, and schedule noncritical surgeries and appointments.

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