Governor Dan McKee
Governor Dan McKee. Photo courtesy of Governor Dan McKee Facebook Page

Governor Daniel McKee and the Rhode Island Department of Health hosted their weekly COVID-19 briefing at 1 pm on Thursday, March 25 to provide an update on COVID-19 in Rhode Island.

A few big takeaways;

>> When will you get your first dose of COVID-19 vaccine? The Rhode Island Department of Health rolled out this updated estimated timeline today.

  • 50-59 is next, eligible on April 5.
  • 40-49 on April 12.
  • 16-39 on April 19.

>> Those (of any age) interested in receiving a vaccine should sign up for the Vaccine Interest Notification List at or call 844-930-1779. The state will contact you when an appointment is available for you.

>> Restrictions on businesses will loosen even further starting tomorrow.

  • Restaurants/events outdoor table seat count increased to 10 people.
  • Self-service seating will be allowed.
  • Gyms may open shower facilities.
  • Businesses no longer need to keep a cleaning log paperwork.

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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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