Governor Gina M. Raimondo and Director of Health Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH announced on March 16th that, effective March 17th and continuing through March 30th, there will be no on-premise food consumption for restaurants, bars, coffee shops, or other food establishments in Rhode Island. Establishments with a food license were allow to continue to conduct pick-up, drive-thru and delivery only.

With March 30th just a few days away, What’s Up Newp’s asked the Governor during her press conference today , “Do you plan to extend the date restaurants are prohibited from on-premise food consumption (date is currently March 30th)?”.

The Governor said she plans to extend prohibition of dine-in services at Rhode Island restaurants past March 30th.

“Yes I do. At this point I haven’t decided until when, my plan is that on Friday’s press conference I will be providing further guidance on a number of regulations that we’ve signed,” the Governor said.

On March 20th, Governor Raimondo signed an Executive Order enabling restaurants and bars to include wine and beer with to-go orders. That Executive Order also ends on Monday, March 30th.

“For the purposes of planning, I can’t imagine a world where we could reopen restaurants on Monday for in-room dining,” the Governor said.

The Governor’s press conference is scheduled for 1 pm on Friday. What’s Up Newp will carry it live on our website at that time.

This story is developing and will be updated shortly.

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