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 http://portal.ri.gov 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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