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Latest Alerts & Guidance

New Mask Requirements

If you're fully vaccinated, you only need to wear your mask and watch your distance in a few places. 

If you're not fully vaccinated, wear a mask indoors near anyone you don't live with. Outdoors, continue to wear a mask in crowded places or during activities where you’re in close contact with other people who are not fully vaccinated. Close contact means you’ve been within six feet of someone with COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more in a 24-hour period. Choose safer activities.

Fully vaccinated means you’ve gotten all recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or World Health Organization (WHO) and more than 14 days have passed since the final dose.

 

Connecting for COVID-19 Vaccines

The Rhode Island Department of Health is reaching out to Rhode Islanders by phone and text message to connect them with information about COVID-19 vaccines and to help make vaccination appointments. Text messages will come from 76993. Beginning June 2, RIDOH is offering to register people age 50 and older for vaccination appointments by phone. This effort will take several weeks. To find a vaccine clinic near you, go to C19VaccineRI.org.  

COVID-19 Variants

As expected, COVID-19 variants of concern have arrived in Rhode Island. These variants spread more easily and quickly than other strains of the virus, which may lead to more cases and deaths. Vaccination helps protect against these variants by reducing their spread. That protects Rhode Island’s families, businesses, and economy. So does wearing your mask, watching your distance, and following quarantine and isolation requirements. Help keep RI open. Learn more at covid.ri.gov/variants.

Rhode Island’s Hard-Hit Community Vaccination Strategy

Many Rhode Islanders living in specific geographies have experienced higher rates of COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations, and deaths throughout the pandemic. Such differences are directly connected to the social conditions in which some communities of color are more likely to live and work every day, and to systems of structural racism and discrimination that have historically undermined the health and well-being of these communities. 

RIDOH believes reaching high vaccination rates across all individuals and communities regardless of ZIP code is key to saving lives and achieving broader population immunity. Learn about Rhode Island's Hard-Hit Community Vaccination Strategy.  

COVID-19 Vaccination

To get vaccinated at a State-run site, please go to vaccinateRI.org or call 844-930-1779.

Go to C19VaccineRI.org to learn how to get vaccinated through a pharmacy or through a local or regional site.

Rhode Islanders can now get a copy of their COVID-19 vaccine record through portal.ri.gov/VaccineRecord

COVID-19 Treatment

Rhode Island now has a doctor-recommended treatment for COVID-19 that's fast, easy, and highly effective. If you test positive for COVID-19, are age 12 or older, started having mild to moderate symptoms in the last 10 days, and are at high risk for progressing to severe disease, immediately call your healthcare provider and ask about treatment. The earlier you start treatment, the more effective it is.

 

 

 

COVID-19 Job Opportunities

If you want to join our COVID-19 response team, review this complete list of immediate COVID-19 related job openings and apply for one today.

COVID-19 Periodic Briefings, Advisories, and Updates

Are you interested in receiving any of RIDOH’s regularly published communications? For a complete listing of archives and to be added to our distribution lists visit our new webpage.

COVID-19 Info Line

Monday – Friday: 7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday – Sunday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Phone: 401-222-8022
After hours: Call 211

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Information for Healthcare Providers

Recent Executive Orders

Masks

If you’re not fully vaccinated, masks are required indoors. Choose safer activities depending on whether or not you’re fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated means you’ve gotten all recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or World Health Organization (WHO) and more than 14 days have passed since the final dose. 

Learn more about mask requirements.

Social Gatherings

It is recommended that if you are not fully vaccinated, you limit public and private social gatherings, including holiday gatherings, parties, and celebrations. If you are fully vaccinated, there are no restrictions on social gatherings.

Restaurant Dining

Outdoor and indoor dining is allowed and encouraged at full capacity. Customers who are not fully vaccinated must wear masks when not eating or drinking and stay three feet apart from each other. Indoor and outdoor standing bar service is permitted. Buffet tables and self-service food stations are permitted without restrictions. Restaurants must post signage related to the current restrictions for unvaccinated individuals. Restaurants are no longer required to collect customers’ contact information; however, should an outbreak situation involve the restaurant, the restaurant is required to comply with RIDOH’s contact-tracing efforts.

Catered Events

Catered events are permitted to take place without restrictions. Event attendees who are not fully vaccinated must follow current masking and social distancing policies. Standing bar service is permitted both indoors and outdoors. Indoor and outdoor dance floors are permitted to open without restrictions.

Remote Work

Office-based businesses are allowed to resume operations without restrictions.

Indoor and Outdoor Venues of Assembly

Indoor and outdoor venues of assembly, such as convention centers, concert halls, performance venues, and theaters may operate without restrictions. There are no longer capacity restrictions for indoor and outdoor religious and faith-based services. Funeral homes may operate without restrictions. At venues of assembly, faith-based services, and at any end-of-life ceremonies, anyone who is not fully vaccinated must follow current masking and social distancing policies. Venues of Assembly must post signage related to the current policies for individuals who are not fully vaccinated.

Recreational and Entertainment Businesses and Historical/Cultural Establishments

Indoor and outdoor recreational or entertainment businesses and historical/cultural establishments may operate without capacity restrictions. People must remain six feet apart for indoor activities that involve singing or performances when masks are not worn, such as karaoke. This distance requirement may be reduced to three feet if masks are worn and the performance does not involve singing. Outdoor performances must allow for three feet of spacing between all people. Performance distance and mask wearing requirements may be removed if all individuals who are performing show proof that they are fully vaccinated.

 

Gyms, Fitness Centers, and Indoor Sports Facilities

Gyms, fitness centers, and indoor sports facilities may operate without capacity restrictions. Indoor facilities must ensure that people wear masks and stay three feet apart from others at all times if they are not fully vaccinated. Outdoor gym and fitness activities may continue with no capacity restrictions. Outdoor facilities must ensure that people wear masks within three feet of others if they are not fully vaccinated.

Sports

For the latest sports guidance, review Youth, adult and school sports guidance.

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