Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, Director of Rhode Island Department of Health, and Stefan Pryor, Secretary of Commerce, made an announcement regarding business restrictions during a COVID-19 Press Briefing on Thursday.

Below are the new restrictions, effective Friday, February 5.

Following the press briefing the Rhode Island Hospitality Association (RIHA) provided the following statement to What’s UP Newp from Dale J. Venturini, President/CEO of the RIHA, regarding Rhode Island’s household restrictions on indoor and outdoor dining being lifted;

“The RI Hospitality Association has continued its efforts to safely open our industry and ease current restrictions. We’d like to thank Lt. Governor McKee and RI Department of Health Director Nicole Alexander-Scott for their continued support. We are pleased that these baby steps forward regarding easing restrictions on restaurants and catered events are moving ahead. We will continue our focus on eliminating bar-seating restrictions, an integral aspect of helping our industry recover.”

Watch the full press briefing here – Video: RIDOH’s weekly COVID-19 update (Feb. 4).

More information will become available on https://reopeningri.com/.

This story is developing and will be updated.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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