RI’s Reopening Phase 2 starts Monday so here’s a list of what will open

RIDOH reported 106 new positive COVID-19 cases Sunday and 7 deaths. There were 3,979 COVID-19 tests recorded on Saturday.
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PROVIDENCE, RI (WLNE) – Gov. Gina Raimondo officially announced Friday that Phase 2 in Reopening Rhode Island’s economy will begin on Monday.

Raimondo said she feels confident with Phase 2 starting on Monday after all four indicators that she used to guide her decision have been met.

Moving Phase 2

So with Phase 2 officially starting on Monday here’s a list of which types of businesses will open and the rules you’ll have to follow:

Haircare & Personal Services

Hair Salon Reopening Guidance

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What you need to know:

  • Barbershops, salons, braiders, nail care, waxing, tanning, massage, and tattoo services can reopen in Phase 2
    • Physical distancing indicators should be clearly marked on the floor, six feet apart
    • If the haircare or Personal Service establishment isn’t ready to service you they will ask you to remain outside of the building or in your car
    • These establishments will operate by appointment only 
    • Hair professionals must wear a new or thoroughly disinfect smock for each service
    • Hair professionals and customers must each wear a face covering for the duration of the service.
    • Establishments will ensure a minimum of 6 feet between stations and/or install a plastic non-porous barrier between stations
    • Establishment will for outdoor airflow
    • Establishments must provide supplies such as hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol for customer use
    • Establishments will minimize the number of guests in the building and may consider removing furniture from the waiting area.

Gyms, fitness studios, and small group fitness

Gym Reopening Guidance

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What you need to know:

  • Locker rooms, close communal areas, and showers will be closed
  • Fitness centers will provide hand sanitizer before and after workout sessions
  • Members are encouraged to build cohorts that remain consistent in class settings
  • Fitness centers will allow for outdoor airflow by opening windows or doors to fresh air
  • Employees will thoroughly sanitize equipment between users
  • Fitness centers will establish 6-foot social distancing between the equipment and walkable pathways.
  • Masks must be worn if you are within 6-feet of someone else
  • Gyms will be encouraged to host activity outdoors

Indoor Dining

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What you need to know:

  • Outdoor dining is already allowed but starting Monday restaurants will be allowed to open their indoor dining rooms and serve up to 50% capacity
  • RIDOH says guests should especially wear masks when not seated at their table
  • Parties will be limited to 15 people or fewer
  • Seating will be by reservation only
  • Restaurants will have to establish 8 foot of spacing between tables’ edges in accordance with guidelines
  • Restaurants will have to provide hand sanitizer with over 80% alcohol
  • Menus should be disposable or have the ability to be sanitized after each use
  • Bar seating is allowed with restrictions

State Beaches

Beach Reopening Guidance

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What you need to know:

  • Starting June 1 all-state beaches will be allowed to open with restrictions
  • Practice social distancing; stay at least 6 feet from others even in the water (unless you live in the same house)
  • Do not wear a face covering while swimming or playing in the waters
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
    • TIP: Bring hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol in case soap and water are not available
  • Listen for loudspeaker announcements that provide updates and important safety reminders
  • Check with individual beaches to see if concession stands and bathrooms are open
  • Cashless payment options to pay for entry are encouraged
  • Parking and attendance will be limited to prevent overcrowding
  • If available, pre-order food online or by phone from concession stands

Houses of Worship

  • Houses of worship will be allowed to reopen to in-person worship up to 25% capacity with restrictions
  • Houses of worship will have to suspend choir or musical ensembles; individuals singing must be at least 14 feet apart from others
  • Face coverings are required
  • It’s recommended that attendees be required to sanitize their hands upon entry inside
  • The social distancing of at least 6 feet must be practiced unless you are within the same household

Other notable reopenings starting June 1

  • Non-critical retailers can further relax restrictions to allow for more customers in their stores. Malls can reopen with restrictions.
  • Outdoor entertainment and recreation activities (ex: Zoos and historical sites) are allowed to resume on a limited basis
  • Child care services can resume on June 1. Summer camps and small group youth sports practice to resume June 29 with restriction.
  • All state parks will be allowed to reopen (if they aren’t already) with capacity limitations and social distancing restrictions
  • Domestic travel restrictions will be relaxed.
  • Social gatherings limited to 15 people
  • Office-based businesses can allow up to 33% of their workforce to return, if viewed as necessary. Everyone who can work from home should continue working from home

Source: Reopeningri.com


The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) reported 122 new positive COVID-19 cases Friday and 16 deaths. There were 3,226 COVID-19 tests recorded on Thursday.

The state’s death toll nears 700 as it now stands at 693, according to RIDOH data.

Rhode Island’s cumulative COVID-19 case total is now at 14,635.

There are 219 people in the hospital, 47 in the ICU,  and 33 are on Ventilators.



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