COVID-19 Update: Several State Beaches Temporarily Closed Due to Crowding


After a hot first weekend of summer, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo today reviewed findings by state inspectors who visited local parks and beaches. Here is a summary of her COVID-19 Monday briefing.

  • Largest parks, including Lincoln Woods, Godard Park and Colt State Park all reached capacity over the weekend and had to be shut down for short periods. The governor says that beach crowds were cooperative with restrictions.
  • RI state inspectors visited hundreds of gyms and restaurants over the weekend and found 94% adherence to rules regarding business capacities and masks.
  • 80% of RI businesses are complying with directive to have a COVID-19 Control Plan in place and available for review.
  • Masks will remain part of social distancing guidelines through Phase 3, especially in any situation where you are unable to maintain six feet of distance from others.
  • RI has now tested over 200,000 residents, making it the only state to test 20% or more of its population.
  • Rhode Island remains on track to enter Phase 3 of its reopening plan next Monday June 29th.
  • More details about Phase 3 will be released on Wednesday 6/24 and Friday 6/26.
  • COVID-19 Data for Monday 6/22
  • New Cases: 25
  • New Fatalities: 5
  • Total tested on Sunday: 986

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