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 Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).