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Latest Alerts & Guidance

Wear the Right Mask

Your mask should fit snugly but comfortably over your nose, mouth, and chin without any gaps. 

  • Great protection: N-95, KN-95, or KF-94 mask
  • Good protection: Medical procedure (paper) mask that fits
  • OK protection: Cloth mask made of a tightly woven, breathable fabric that's at least two layers thick and fits

Learn more about different masks

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

Rhode Island is vaccinating people against COVID-19. People are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination in Rhode Island based on Rhode Island’s vaccination timeline and if they live, work, or go to school in Rhode Island. To get vaccinated, you must confirm you are part of an eligible group, either online or over the phone when booking.

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

After You've Been Vaccinated

The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, highly effective against serious illness, and reduces the risk of infecting others. Get vaccinated when it’s available to you.

If you’re fully vaccinated, continue to wear your mask and watch your distance in public around anyone you don’t live with. If you’ve had close contact with someone with COVID-19 or you’ve recently arrived in Rhode Island from outside the 50 states or DC or a hot spot within the 50 states or DC, you may not have to quarantine. Learn more at covid.ri.gov/whattodo

Learn what else changes once you’re fully vaccinated.

 

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 and are 65 or older or have an underlying health condition, 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

Weekly press conferences, held on Thursdays at 1PM, are streamed on Capitol Television.

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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Recent Executive Orders

Masks

Masks are required any time you’re in a public place, whether indoors or outdoors, unless a mask exception applies.  Learn more about mask requirements

Social Gatherings

All public and private social gatherings, including holidays, parties, and celebrations, are limited to 15 people indoors and 50 people outdoors.

Restaurant Dining

Outdoor dining is allowed and encouraged. Indoor dining is allowed at up to 75% of the restaurant’s regular seating capacity. Seating is limited to eight people per table indoors and 10 people per table outdoors.  All customers must wear masks when not eating or drinking.

Catered Events

All catered events must have a licensed caterer and a COVID Event Specialist on-site. The capacity limits are up to 75% of regular seating capacity, 100 people for indoor events, and 200 people for outdoor events. Pre-event testing is required for guests at indoor venues with more than 15 attendees and outdoor venues with more than 50 attendees.

Remote Work

Office-based businesses are allowed to have up to 50% of workers on-site in-person at one time. Employees who have the ability to work remotely are strongly encouraged to do so.

Indoor and Outdoor Venues of Assembly

Indoor and outdoor venues of assembly, such as convention centers, concert halls, performance venues, and theaters, may operate at up to 50% capacity with a maximum of 250 people indoors and 500 people outdoors. The capacity limit for indoor and outdoor religious and faith-based services is 75% of normal worship space capacity.

Recreational and Entertainment Businesses and Historical/Cultural Establishments

Indoor and outdoor recreational or entertainment businesses and historical/cultural establishments may operate at one person per 50 square feet. People must remain 14 feet apart for activities involving singing or performances when masks are not worn, such as karaoke, and otherwise six feet apart, from people outside of their household.

 

Gyms, Fitness Centers, and Indoor Sports Facilities

Gyms, fitness centers, and indoor sports facilities may operate at one person per 50 square feet indoors. Outdoor gym and fitness activities may continue with no capacity restrictions. These facilities must ensure that people wear masks and stay six feet apart from others.

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Johnson and Johnson Vaccine Pause

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is announcing that Rhode Island is pausing administration of Johnson & Johnson vaccine as federal partners continue gathering more information.

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