Raimondo says hair salons, outdoor activities, gyms can open with restrictions June 1

RIDOH reported 170 new cases and 23 deaths Friday due to COVID-19. That brings the state's total to 13,736 cumulative cases and 579 deaths.


PROVIDENCE, RI (WLNE) – Indoor dining, hair salons/barbershops, all state beaches, and gyms will be allowed to reopen with new restrictions during phase 2 of reopening the state’s economy.

“For hairdressers, it’s good news, you can get it done starting June 1st,” Raimondo said. “It’s going to be different and it’s going to be awkward.”

Gov. Raimondo has said that she thinks phase 2 will start as early as June 1. She added that she believes it’s safe to resume the activities she’s reopening. However, community business and organization leaders should go at their own pace.

Restaurants will be allowed to begin indoor dining at 50% capacity during phase two, the governor said. She also said she will allow outdoor activities to comeback.

This includes:

  • Visits to public gardens, outdoor historical sites
  • Boat rentals
  • Mini-golf
  • Zoos

Raimondo says more detailed guidelines on phase two will be shared next Tuesday. Here is what we already know about phase two based on the models the state has shared already:

  • Expanded childcare options will be available under strict public health guidelines
  • More restaurants, retail and close contact businesses like hair and nail salon may open
  • Additional recreational options will likely return including more parks and beaches
  • Social gathering limits will be increased to 15
  • Older adults (65+) and those with underlying health conditions can go to work and go out for food/medicine
    • Vulnerable individuals are still strongly encouraged to otherwise stay home
  • Masks, vigilant hand-washing, and increased cleaning must remain in place
  • Offices will ease capacity restrictions allowing more people to come in but many people will still work from home
  • All activities must account for strong social distancing guidelines of remaining 6-feet apart

RIDOH reported 170 new cases and 23 deaths Friday due to COVID-19. There were 3,777 COVID-19 tests recorded on Thursday. That brings the state’s total to 13,736 cumulative cases and 579 deaths.

Of the 23 new deaths 3 people were in their 60s, 4 in their 70s, 9 in their 80s, 6 in their 90s, and one older than 100.

There are 242 people currently hospitalized in Rhode Island, 56 are in the ICU, and 40 of which are on a ventilator.


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