Nov. 6 - To the Salve Regina community: New restrictions in Rhode Island

Dear Salve Regina community,

In response to a continuing rise in coronavirus cases in Rhode Island, Gov. Gina Raimondo has announced a set of additional restrictions aimed at curbing the spread. All members of the University community will be expected to comply with these new measures, which take effect Sunday, Nov. 8.

  • A stay-at-home advisory will be in effect from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on weeknights and 10:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Unless you are going to and from work or running essential errands, you should be in your own residence during this time.
  • Masks will be required at all times when you are with anyone you don’t live with. This applies any time you leave your home, including at the gym and private gatherings if there’s anyone there you don’t live with.
  • All restaurants, bars, gyms, recreational facilities and personal services will close at 10 p.m. on weeknights and 10:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Restaurants can continue to offer takeout and drive-through after that time.
  • In addition to working from home when possible, businesses are asked to postpone or cancel non-essential work-related travel.
  • The capacity limit for indoor events and venues will be lowered to 50% with a maximum of 125 people, and the capacity limit for outdoor events and venues will be lowered to 66% with a maximum of 150 people.
  • The capacity limit for catered events will be reduced to 25 indoors and 75 outdoors.
  • The capacity limit for malls and big box stores will be reduced to one person per 150 square feet.

These measures will be in effect for two weeks, and Raimondo has made it clear that if cases continue to climb, further restrictions will be necessary. We do not want this outcome in Rhode Island. We all want our lives to return to normal, but we will get there much faster if we heed these guidelines for the safety of our Salve Regina and Newport communities.