The State of Rhode Island has launched a new website that aims to help businesses start phase 1 of reopening. The website titled Reopening Rhode Island is the states official website outlining the strategies Rhode Island will be taking to keep the out break of COVID-19 at a low infected rate.

Notes of interested are the three .pdf documents linked below which can be downloaded.

1. REOPENING RI: TESTING THE WATERREOPENING RI: TESTING THE WATER
2. REOPENING RI: CHARTING THE COURSEREOPENING RI: CHARTING THE COURSE
3. General business highlights and explanationsGeneral business highlights and explanations
4. General business guidelinesGeneral business guidelines
5. COVID-19 control plan templateCOVID-19 control plan template
6. Employer visual posterEmployer visual poster
7. Employee posterEmployee poster
8. Non-critical retail guidanceNon-critical retail guidance
9. Non-critical retail compliance attestation posterNon-critical retail compliance attestation poster
10. Rhode Island state park guidelinesRhode Island state park guidelines


The United States Center of Disease Control states there is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). They do provide a “best practice” list which outlines the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed. The CDC does recommend everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
  • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website

For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses.

CDC does have specific Coronavirus guidance for travelers which can be found here.

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