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The City of Newport today announced that in accordance with Rhode Island Executive Order 21-116, effective Monday, Feb. 14, 2022, masks will no longer be required for visitors to City Hall.

Face coverings, however, are strongly encouraged to worn for those who are not fully vaccinated and visitors are asked to be mindful of any and all notices posted outside City offices.

The City says that public meetings will also continue to be held virtually, pending further guidance from the Governor’s office.

As a reminder, the City of Newport strongly encourages all community members to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus and is encouraging all of its employees to continue the use of face coverings even without a mandate.

As State and federal authorities release new health and safety guidance, the City will continue to review and revise its COVID-related policies and procedures as warranted.

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Belmore was born in Providence, Rhode Island; grew up and graduated high school in Coventry, Rhode Island; and lived in Newport, Rhode Island for more than ten years. He 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 and his wife, Jen, as well as their two dogs (Aero and June), recently moved to Alexandria, Virginia. Belmore travels back and forth to Newport every couple of weeks to cover events, work on story ideas, to meet with What'sUpNewp's on-the-ground contributors, to visit friends, and to eat as much seafood as possible.

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