Governor McKee Extends Travel Ban

Governor McKee has extended the travel ban in Rhode Island until midnight Sunday night into Monday morning. The ban was expected to end in Saturday night at 8pm but the intensity of the storm and the cleanup needed necessitated the longer travel ban. According to the Executive order signed Saturday night by the Governor:

Effective from 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 29, 2022 until 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 29, 2022, there shall be a restriction on motor vehicle travel on all roads statewide. This restriction shall not apply to the following:

a) public safety vehicles and public safety workers, including contract personnel;

b) public works vehicles and public works workers, including contract personnel;

c) government officials conducting official business;

d) utility company vehicles and utility workers;

e) healthcare and pharmacy workers who must travel to and from work in order to provide essential health services;

f) patients and their caregivers traveling for essential medical procedures;

g) news media;

h) homeless or other shelter workers;

i) travel necessary to maintain and deliver critical private sector services such as energy, fuel supplies and deliveries, financial systems and the delivery of critical commodities;

j) travel to support business operations that provide critical services to the public, including airports, gasoline stations, grocery stores and hardware stores; and

k) holders of corporate emergency access system credentials.

The Executive order could be extended even further if the cleanup takes longer than anticipated.

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