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Raimondo: R.I. will test out-of-staters arriving from virus hot spots

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Raimondo: R.I. will test out-of-staters arriving from virus hot spots

Gov. Gina Raimondo, flanked by Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor, cautioned Rhode Islanders on Monday: “I promise you this: If you stop following the rules, we will have to shut down the economy again.” [The Providence Journal / Kris Craig] Hide caption R.I. announces 19 coronavirus deaths, 107 new cases

PROVIDENCE — Gov. Gina Raimondo wants Rhode Island to become a summer refuge for residents of other states besieged by COVID-19 — as long as those travelers get a coronavirus test before they come.

On Monday, Raimondo ordered anyone arriving in Rhode Island from a state seeing a surge in new COVID cases to quarantine for 14 days unless they can show they recently tested negative for the disease.

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Rhode Islanders who return from states where at least 5% of test results are positive will have 72 hours to get tested or they too will have to quarantine for 14 days.

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At the same time hard-hit states are clamping down on gatherings and re-closing some businesses, Rhode Island is opening up. Raimondo announced that the state would ease some public health restrictions again starting Tuesday, allowing larger gatherings and more business activity. The “Phase 3” rules that go into effect Tuesday will allow indoor social gatherings of up to 25 people and outdoor gatherings of 50 people, with the limit doubled if a gathering involves a professional caterer, such as a […]

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