COVID-19 Update: New Rules for Sports and Beaches for Phase 3 in RI

In her Wednesday COVID-19 briefing, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo set forth guidelines for the restart of sports competition in the state. She also outlined new rules for beach parking. Those guidelines are listed below.

While the governor acknowledged that Rhode Island is "in a good place" and seeing declining cases, virus-related deaths and hospitalizations, she reminded residents of the importance of adhering to guidelines. While Rhode Island's statistics are improving, as of Wednesday, 33 states are seeing the number of positive cases trending higher than last week, and seven states are seeing new all-time highs for hospitalizations.

  • For youth and adults sports in Phase 3:
  • No contact and low-contact games can be played among stable groups. (i.e.- Baseball, softball, golf, tennis)
  • No limit on stable groups size.
  • Spectators must wear masks and maintain social distancing. No more than two spectators per player recommended.
  • Games may be played among teams from in and outside Rhode Island, provided the states that teams come from are not under a stay-at-home order.
  • Contact and close-contact sports may practice, but cannot compete in games. (football, soccer, basketball, etc.)
  • Beaches in Phase 3:
  • Parking capacity increased to 75% at all state beaches (instead of 50%)
  • Season passes will no longer be sold at beaches. Passes must be purchased at
  • Online tool available to find out if parking lots are full (starting 6/27)
  • COVID-19 Testing
  • Saturday 6/27 is last day for testing at Twin River Casinos
  • Asymptomatic testing still expanding. Testing will be integrated into health care facilities.
  • Anyone working in a close-contact business is encouraged to be tested, even if you do not have symptoms. This includes workers at restaurants, salons, barber shops, and gym, as well as clergy.
  • People who have recently attended a protest or rally are also asked to be tested.
  • Testing site list available at
  • COVID-19 Data for 6/24
  • New cases: 73
  • New fatalities: 6
  • Prior day tests: 3,531

graphic: RIDOH

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