Rhode Island to remove mask rules for fully vaccinated
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island will no longer require residents fully vaccinated against the coronavirus to wear masks and socially distance in most public settings starting Tuesday, Gov. Daniel McKee announced Friday.
The Democratic governor’s announcement came a day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced it was easing mask-wearing guidance for the fully vaccinated by allowing them to stop wearing masks outdoors in crowds and in most indoor settings.
Masks are still required in some crowded indoor situations, but McKee said easing mask rules will help the economy recover and schools reopen.
“We’re resetting Rhode Island and preparing for all the good things to come,” he said at an outdoor news conference.
McKee also announced that on May 21, Rhode Island would remove most of its remaining coronavirus limitations on businesses and social gatherings, a week earlier than originally scheduled.
That will allow retailers gyms, offices and other businesses to operate with no capacity limitations if they so choose, he said.