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>>At the weekly COVID-19 press briefing yesterday, Rhode Island Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor announced a lift on some business restrictions;

  • Capacity at restaurants will increase from 50% to 66% beginning today.
  • Capacity at gyms and fitness centers will increase beginning today from one person per 125 square feet to one person per 100 square feet. For gyms and fitness centers that take things outdoors, there is no capacity limit. Masks and social distancing still remain in place for both outdoor and indoor fitness classes.
  • Funeral homes beginning today are able to host 30 people for indoor services and 50 people for outdoor services.
  • Pryor expects the capacity for catered events to increase at the beginning of April to allow 100 people for indoor events and 150 people for outdoor events.

>> Bike Newport received some national recognition this week when the League of American Bicyclists named them their Advocacy Organization of the Year for 2020.

>> Put it in your calendar now foodies, Newport Restaurant Week returns to dozens of restaurants in Newport and Bristol Counties Friday, April 9 – Sunday, April 18.

>> 12 Metre Cafe, Buskers Pub & Restaurants, Fluke Newport, Giusto, The Pub at Two Mile Corner, and Portsmouth Publick House are among 52 Rhode Island restaurants that will receive $5,000 COVID-19 relief grants from DoorDash.

What’s Up in Newport County Today

Happy Birthday today to Phil Kane, David Manuel, and Tim Bugbee!

Weather Forecast

  • Today – Sunny, with a high near 34. Northwest wind 14 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph.
  • Tonight – Partly cloudy, with a low around 23. West wind 10 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.

Marine Forecast

  • Small Craft Advisory until March 6, 04:00 AM EST
  • Today – WNW wind 12 to 15 kt, with gusts as high as 25 kt. Sunny. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Tonight – W wind 9 to 12 kt, with gusts as high as 21 kt. Partly cloudy. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • The current water temperature in Newport is 37°F.

Sun, Moon, & Tide

  • Sunrise: 6:12 am | Sunset: 5:41 pm
  • High tide at 12:14 am & 12:41 pm | Low tide at 5:57 am and 5:45 pm
  • Moon: Waning Gibbous, 21 days, 61% lighting
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Things To Do

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The Latest WUN Headlines

>> Trinity Rep to present “The Catastrophist”

>> Save The Date: Newport Restaurant Week returns April 9 – 18

>> Capacity restrictions on restaurants, gyms, and funeral homes eased

>> League of American Bicyclists names Bike Newport 2020 ‘National Advocacy Organization Of The Year’

>> Reps. Cortvriend, Carson, Casimiro will host a virtual community meeting on March 8 to discuss special education bills

>> Opinion: Rhode Island needs a dedicated source of funding for affordable housing

>> New film by Gary Jobson features the 2019 12mR World Championship in Newport

>> Be Kind RI: New website matches volunteers with neighbors in need

>> Watch Live: Governor McKee, RIDOH host COVID-19 Press Briefing (March 4)

>> On This Day In History – March 4, 1754: Benjamin Waterhouse, smallpox vaccine pioneer, born in Newport

>> CCRI’s Division of Workforce Partnerships seeking maritime trades instructors & teacher assistants

>> Searching for Peace at Home: Newport Art Museum to host a community conversation on domestic violence

>> Showcase Cinemas to present “Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry”

>> 52 Rhode Island restaurants will receive $5,000 COVID-19 Restuarant Relief Grants from DoorDash

For the very latest news and information, visit www.whatsupnewp.com.

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COVID-19 in Rhode Island

Data as of March 4. 

Elsewhere

>>Boating Industry – Dates announced for 50th annual Newport International Boat Show

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