Residents are Urged to Stay Home for All Non-Essential Activities and Follow Recommended Social Distancing Practices
Friday, March 20, 2020
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Mayor Jorge O. Elorza today joined city officials in announcing an executive order effective Saturday, March 21 at 5PM until further notice, which includes additional restrictions and closures on local establishments aimed at mitigating the spread of COVID-19 locally.
The following establishments and facilities will be closed to the public until further notice:
- Fitness Centers, Health Clubs, Health Spas, Gyms, Aquatic Centers
- Hair Salons and Barber Shops
- Massage Parlors and Body Works Establishments
- Beauty Salons (Including tanning, nail and eyelash salons)
- Tattoo Parlors
- Flea Markets
- Mass Gatherings (including social, community, spiritual, religious, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings and events of more than 10 people)
Per the Governor’s executive order earlier this week, food establishments have been prohibited from offering dine-in services. Currently, they are only permitted to offer delivery, drive-thru and pick up services. Businesses that are found in violation of these restrictions will be issued emergency closure letters and will remain closed until further notice.
This is a rapidly changing situation. As the state’s recommendation to combat the spread of the COVID-19 evolves, the City of Providence will continue to evaluate the need to make additional changes to city services and operations.
Essential city services will continue to be accessed remotely and local resources are available as defined on our website. The City and Providence Public Schools will continue to offer grab and go breakfast, lunch and dinner meals for all Providence youth 18 and younger. For more information on COVID-19 and best practices you can share, residents can visit our website, call to connect to the Mayor’s Center for City Services by dialing 3-1-1, visiting www.PVD311.com or downloading the PVD311 mobile app on your smartphone for 24/7 access. Residents can register to receive CodeRED emergency notifications by phone, email, text, and/or mobile alerts for the latest updates from the City and to reach out to the Rhode Island Department of Health’s COVID-19 Assistance Line at 401-222-8022 Monday through Friday during regular business hours should they have additional questions.