From the Office of the Lt. Governor:
Small business grant updates:
(1) RI on Pause*
Lt. Governor McKee's advocacy continues to work! Thanks to our continued efforts with the RI Small Business Coalition, the RI on Pause Grant formula has changed and grants will now be based on Gross Receipts (for the non-restaurant eligible group) You must re-apply:
(2) Restore RI*
Restore RI now has a deadline of Tuesday, December 8, 2020. Further, if you are a new business in a severely impacted industry, you now may qualify. For more details & to apply, visit:
*Please read updated FAQs for both grants to see if your business may now be eligible!
December 3, 2020
The Division of Taxation's program to assist businesses impacted by "the pause" has been amended. The method of calculating the award amount has changed to better reflect the losses of the impacted businesses. Please see this document for more information.
November 25, 2020
During the statewide pause to stem the spread of COVID-19, the Warren Town Hall will be operating on an appointment-only basis. From November 30 through December 13, members of the public are encouraged to utilize the town's online services and/or the drop box located in the back stairwell of Town Hall (514 Main St) and the tax payment drop box located in the lobby of Government Center (1 Joyce St). Staff will be available by phone and email Monday - Friday from 8:30AM - 4:30 PM to answer questions and provide assistance.
Small businesses impacted by the RI on Pause restrictions may be eligible for a new round of grant funding through the RI Division of Taxation. Application information and FAQ's can be found here.
November 19, 2020
Effective immediately, social gathering limits have been reduced to the size of a single household.
Effective November 30 through December 13, the following restrictions will be in place:
More information can be found on the Department of Health website and the Reopening RI website .
October 26, 2020
This morning, the Town of Warren was notified that a town hall employee tested positive for COVID-19. The Town immediately notified direct department contacts, who are now also being tested, and the entire town hall building is undergoing a deep clean. We notified the State of Rhode Island Department of Health and we are being guided by their protocols. Due to the quick notification and response, we expect that the case will be contained and town hall operations will continue. Our extensive planning for a scenario like this has us prepared.
As part of our commitment to transparency, we will continue to update the public. Early in-person voting has not been affected. The staff person had no contact with elections staff, and was not on the same floor as the early voting location. I want to assure the public that our increased cleaning practices, plexiglass, secure ballot drop box and wearing of PPE, have continued to make early voting and dropping off mail ballots safe and easy.
October 2, 2020
- All state test sites will be closed on Monday, October 12. This includes the Rhode Island Convention Center, Cumberland Stop & Shop, Newport Stop & Shop, and the Block Island Fire and Rescue Barn. There will be no available appointments on portal.ri.gov.
- All state K-12 test sites will also be closed on Monday, October 12. Sites will reopen on Tuesday, October 13.
- If you have symptoms and need to get tested, call your primary care provider, pediatrician, or a local respiratory clinic.
- Please plan ahead and book your appointment for a COVID-19 test for any travel related requirement.
Pre K-12 Testing Updates
Rhode Island's Pre K-12 testing services are now open and can provide quick testing services to any student, teacher, or staff member at any public or private Pre K-12 school throughout the state who needs to be tested for COVID-19. All students or school staff who need a test please make sure to call to schedule a test through the Pre K - 12 test scheduling services at 844-857-1814. You may find more information on RIDOH Pre K-12 COVID-19 Test Scheduling Web page .
What to Expect:
- The symptomatic student/staff member will be scheduled for a same-day test at one of 15 locations across the state that is closest to them.
- Once at the test site, the symptomatic student/staff member will receive two tests: a rapid test and a PCR test.
- Students and staff who have an appointment for a rapid test before 3 p.m. will be notified of the result on the same day. Results from test appointments after 3 p.m. will be ready the following morning.
- Anyone who receives a PCR test can get the result of this test in two days by signing up for the Dominion Diagnostics patient portal. Please wait at least 24 hours from the time of your test to sign up for this portal. This allows time for the lab to receive and process your information.
- If you need help finding your K-12 test results, call the K-12 test scheduling service at 844-857-1814. Please wait 8-12 hours after your test appointment to call for the result of your rapid test and two days to call about the result of your PCR test.
- You may also find more information on the attached flyer.
The RI Department of Health has released its "Tips for a Safer Halloween".