Gov. Gina Raimondo

  • Rhode Island Jul 10

    RI Launches $7M Rental Assistance Initiative

    A $7 million rental assistance initiative is being launched for Rhode Island residents struggling to pay their rent amid the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Gina Raimondo announced during a news conference Friday the state is teaming up with the United Way to help up to 7,000 tenants in helping to pay back rent. Under the Safe Harbor program launching Monday, tenants…

  • Rhode Island Jul 1

    Rhode Islanders Urged to Celebrate Fourth of July Responsibly Amid Pandemic

    Gov. Gina Raimondo is cautioning Rhode Islanders to celebrate the upcoming Fourth of July weekend responsibly to avoid an uptick in coronavirus cases. Speaking at a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Raimondo said she’s worried that the state could see an increase of coronavirus cases if residents stop following the rules. She also pointed to the increase of cases in...

  • Rhode Island Jun 26

    Raimondo to Make Decision When Phase 3 Will Begin on Monday

    Gov. Gina Raimondo says she will announce Monday when Rhode Island will officially start Phase 3 of the state’s economic reopening plan. Speaking at her Friday news conference, Raimondo said she wants the weekend to further assess the current situation and what is happening in other states before she makes the decision official. Unless extended, Phase 2 of reopening is…

  • Rhode Island Jun 24

    RI to Allow Summer Sports in Phase 3 of Reopening

    Gov. Gina Raimondo has announced no-contact and low-contact youth and adult sports will be allowed in Phase 3 of Rhode Island’s economic reopening, which could begin some time next week. During her Wednesday news conference, Raimondo said sports such as baseball, softball, tennis and golf will be allowed to be played in stable groups of the same players and coaches…

  • Rhode Island Jun 22

    Rhode Island to Shift to ‘Gentler' Coronavirus Test

    Officials in Rhode Island on Monday said the state was shifting to a “gentler” coronavirus test to encourage more people to get tested for the virus. In a news conference, health director Nicole Alexander-Scott said the state was shifting away from longer swabs that reach the back of the throat through the nostril to a “regular” nasal swab that only…

  • Rhode Island Jun 19

    Guidelines for Phase 3 of Reopening of RI's Economy Released

    Gov. Gina Raimondo on Friday provided further guidance for Phase 3 of the ongoing reopening of Rhode Island’s economy. Phase 3, which will begin around July 1, would raise the limits for indoor social gatherings from 50 to 75 people and outdoor social gatherings from 75 to 150 people. The governor said examples of social gatherings include weddings, parties, networking…

  • Rhode Island Jun 17

    RI's Coronavirus Numbers Dip, Gov. Urges Asymptomatic People to Get Tested

    Gov. Gina Raimondo says Rhode Island continues to stay “ahead of the curve” in response to the coronavirus pandemic but still wants people to get tested for COVID-19, even if they don’t feel sick. “Rhode Island is faring much, much better than other states that are seeing cases go up,” Raimondo said Wednesday during her regular news conference. The...

  • coronavirus Jun 17

    Despite Improving Numbers, Raimondo Wants COVID-19 Testing Ramped Up

    Gov. Gina Raimondo announced Friday she wants more people without symptoms of the new coronavirus tested in order to prevent a potential outbreak. During a news conference, the governor said even though the state was moving in the right direction, it was important to stay vigilant. As of Friday, there were 15,947 cases of COVID-19, according to the Rhode Island…

  • Rhode Island Jun 15

    RI Students to Be Offered Expanded Online Summer Learning

    Gov. Gina Raimondo announced Monday Rhode Island students will be able to take part in expanded online learning over the summer and have the opportunity to attend camps. During a news conference, Raimondo said education officials would be working hard all summer to make sure students were ready to return to in-person classes on Aug. 31. In the meantime, any…

  • Rhode Island Jun 10

    Raimondo Hopes to Have RI Students Back in Classrooms Aug. 31

    Gov. Gina Raimondo hopes to have students in Rhode Island back in classrooms on Aug. 31 after moving to remote learning back in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Raimondo made the announcement Wednesday during a news conference saying that teachers and parents have done well with distance learning but it’s time to get back into the classroom. “Even though…

  • Rhode Island Jun 8

    RI to Ramp Up Coronavirus Testing for Asymptomatic People, Including Protesters

    Rhode Island is ramping up testing for asymptomatic people as part of an “early warning detection system” to slow any further spread of the novel coronavirus. Gov. Gina Raimondo announced the initiative during a press conference Monday, adding all people who have participated in recent anti-racism protests were eligible and should get tested. Under the plan, people who work in…

  • Rhode Island Jun 1

    Rhode Island Allows Child Care Centers to Reopen as Phase 2 Begins

    Child care centers in Rhode Island can reopen with safety guidelines in place, Gov. Gina Raimondo announced Monday, as the state continues to resume activities amid the global coronavirus pandemic. In a press conference, Riamondo said facilities that have had their reopening plans approved by the state are able to reopen, effective immediately. “It’s been really tough, and I...

  • Rhode Island May 29

    RI to Officially Move to Phase 2 in Reopening Plan on Monday

    Rhode Island will officially move to Phase 2 in the state’s plan to reopen the economy on Monday, according to Gov. Gina Raimondo. During her Friday news conference, Raimondo said she will sign an executive order to officially begin the new phase. It was exactly 3 weeks ago that Rhode Island’s stay at home order was lifted and the governor…

  • Rhode Island May 27

    New Guidelines for RI Gyms, Fitness Centers Unveiled

    Gov. Gina Raimondo on Wednesday provided guidelines on the reopening of gyms and fitness centers when Rhode Island begins Phase 2 of reopening. During her daily news conference, Raimondo said under Phase 2, which she hopes will begin June 1, gyms and fitness centers will be able to resume in-person activity on a limited basis with restrictions. The governor said…

  • Rhode Island May 22

    Phase 2 of RI's Reopening Plan on Track for June 1, Raimondo Says

    Gov. Gina Raimondo announced Friday that Phase 2 of Rhode Island’s reopening plan is on track to begin June 1. During her daily news conference, the governor said until the second phase begins, she is extending Phase 1 executive orders, set to expire Friday, until June 1. The goal in Phase 2 is to get people back to work safely,…

  • Rhode Island May 22

    Rules for the Reopening of RI's Summer Camps Released

    Gov. Gina Raimondo on Thursday provided further guidelines on the opening of summer camps in Rhode Island. Raimondo announced last week that camps would be allowed to reopen with restrictions on June 29. On Thursday, the governor said camps must submit a COVID-19 control plan to the Rhode Island Department of Human Services before being allowed to reopen. Among the…

  • Gov. Gina Raimondo May 22

    RI Gov. Provides Further Guidelines on Summer Camp Openings

    In a COVID-19 update, Gov. Gina Raimondo provides an update on summer camp openings.

  • Rhode Island May 20

    RI Sets May 30 for Houses of Worship to Reopen With Limited Capacity

    Places of worship in Rhode Island are scheduled to reopen with limited capacity by the end of the month, Gov. Gina Raimondo said Wednesday. During her daily news conference, Raimondo said the target date is to have places of worship reopen with restrictions on the weekend of May 30. Earlier in the week, the governor said the administration has been…

  • Rhode Island May 19

    Rhode Island Launches ‘Crush COVID' App to Boost Contact Tracing

    Rhode Island on Tuesday launched a free app to boost contact tracing efforts as the state reported its largest single-day death toll from the novel coronavirus. In a news conference, Gov. Gina Raimondo said the “Crush COVID” app could become a key part of the administration’s response to the coronavirus by helping identify “hot spots” and providing vital resources....

  • Rhode Island May 18

    Raimondo Announces Reopening of 2 RI Beaches for Memorial Day

    Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo announced Monday two state beaches will reopen in time for Memorial Day while also setting the targeted timeline for when houses of worship can begin allowing in-person services. While speaking at her daily news conference, Raimondo said East Matunuck and Scarborough state beaches would reopen next Monday with restrictions in place. At both beaches, there…

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