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COVID-19 Related Processing Delays Reflected in Utility Bills
Newport Water Division customers are being advised that due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, payments mailed prior to March 31st may have been delayed due to a processing lag experienced by the City’s bank. As a result, April bills that were mailed to customers last week may inaccurately include a past due balance reflected on their account. Read more »
Three Newport Firefighters Test Positive for COVID-19
Three members of the Newport Fire Department have tested positive for COVID-19.The firefighters, who are not being identified due to patient privacy concerns, are all recovering in self-isolation at home and the Rhode Island Department of Health has been notified. At this time, there is no impact on our public safety readiness and the Newport Fire Department has implemented contingency staffing protocols. Read more »
City Places Restrictions on Beach, Cliff Walk Access
The City of Newport on Wednesday announced the temporary closure of several City parks and beaches due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Beginning Friday, April 3rd, parking will be prohibited at Easton’s Beach as well as adjacent access points to the Cliff Walk and Braga Park. The City is encouraging all residents to continue to be active and get out for walks or bicycle rides, but to do so close to their own homes. Read more
City Launches Temporary Food Distribution Program
The City of Newport on Monday announced that it will be opening a weekly drive up food distribution site at the Pell Elementary School beginning Wednesday, April 1, 2020. The temporary distribution site will be set up every Wednesday through April 29th.
Out of State Travelers Urged to Self-Quarantine
Following the recommendation of Gov. Gina Raimondo, the City of Newport is instructing all out-of-state travelers and seasonal residents to self-quarantine upon visiting the City for a period of two weeks. Read more here »
Council Extends Emergency Declaration
The City Council voted 7-0 in a special remote session on Monday afternoon to extend Newport’s Emergency Declaration for 30 days in order to more effectively address the threat presented by the COVID-19 virus. Read more here »
City Hall, Offices Closed Effective Monday, March 23
In light of current concerns related to the COVID-19 outbreak, please note that all City Offices will be closed to the public beginning Monday, March 23. While City Hall had previously been limited to essential city business only for the last week, beginning Monday, City offices will be available strictly by phone, email, or on a limited appointment only basis. Individual departments will remain fully staffed and any residents, establishments or entities who have ongoing business with the City are encouraged to conduct it online or via telephone. Read more here »
Residents reminded that “flushable” wipes can lead to costly sewer backups
The Department of Utilities is urging all residents in Newport to refrain from flushing disinfectant wipes – including those labeled “flushable” – and instead, to dispose of them in the trash. Read more here »
Financial Relief Package Announced for Newport Residents, Businesses
The City's resident parking program has been delayed, utility shutofffs are suspended, and tax abatements are being offered to anyone in need. Read more here »
The declaration follows a recommendation from Gov. Gina Raimondo and will be in place until further notice. Its intent is to provide the City with more flexibility to manage day-to-day operations in light of the evolving nature of the situation. Read more here »
» City Announces New Measures on Mass Gatherings
We're asking businesses to limit gatherings of 250 people or more, and venues hosting smaller gatherings to abide by any and all guidelines issued by the Rhode Island Department of Health. Failure to do so may result in penalties such as fines, or license suspension or revocation.
» Residents Urged to Take Advantage of City's Online & Mail Services
From paying taxes and parking tickets, to searching property records, requesting vital records and applying for building permits or memorial benches, the City’s website can service a large variety of requests either directly online or through mail correspondence.
» Newport Recreation Temporarily Suspending all Youth, Adult Programming
» St. Patrick's Day Parade & City Sponsored Events Cancelled
» Newporters Reminded to Sign up for Emergency Alerts
Stay At Home: The Governor has issued a stay-at-home order until April 13. This means that all Rhode Islanders should stay home unless getting food, medicine, gas, or going to work.
Gatherings: Starting immediately, all gatherings of more than 5 people are banned. Individuals should be interacting with the same people every day to minimize the risk of spread. This order does not apply to healthcare workers in a workplace setting, public transportation or office buildings. However, people must practice social distancing at all times.
Travelers: Starting immediately, any person coming to Rhode Island by any mode of transportation after visiting another state for a non-work-related purpose must self-quarantine for 14 days. This restriction will not apply to public health, public safety or healthcare workers. MORE ON SELF-QUARANTINECourts: The courts have extended their closure for all non-essential business--including residential and commercial evictions--through May 17th.
Contact tracing: The state has partnered with SalesForce, a global software company, to make the contact tracing process more efficient. SalesForce is creating a secure database that will allow RIDOH and the National Guard to do contact tracing more efficiently and effectively. SalesForce is also creating a platform for physicians to order tests for patients at the National Guard testing sites.
Face Masks: Everyone should wear a cloth face covering when in public. (These are different than medical grade masks, such as N95s, which should be reserved for healthcare workers.) A cloth face covering is a material that covers the nose and mouth. A cloth face cover could be sewn by hand or improvised from household items such as scarves or T-shirts. Cloth face covers are not substitutes for physical distancing, washing your hands, and staying home when ill.
Commuters: Those who are able to work from home should do so, and anyone commuting in and out of the state for work should remain in their home when not at work.MORE ON SELF-QUARANTINE
Businesses: Effective March 30th, all non-critical retail businesses must shut down their stores. This includes clothing stores and gift shops. A full list of businesses that must close their in-person operations can be found here. This does not impact restaurants or bars, which are still allowed to open for takeout or delivery only.
Food Establishments: Through May 8th, there will be no on-site food consumption for restaurants, bars, coffee shops, or other food establishments in Rhode Island. (Establishments with a food license can continue to conduct pick-up, drive-thru and delivery only.)
All recreation and entertainment facilities as well as close-contact businesses are closed. This includes theaters, cinemas, sporting events, bowling alleys, gyms, fitness centers, hair salons and barbershops, nail salons, spas and tattoo parlors.
• We're in constant communications with the Rhode Island Department of Health and RI Emergency Management Agency and are closely monitoring developments as the situation unfolds.
• We're also being proactive. We've closed City Hall to the public, but are fully staffed with many of our employees working remotely and available to answer any questions you might have.
• Our Public Services staff is following stepped up cleaning protocols and are limited access to public buildings and recreational facilities in order to encourage social distancing.
Here are some commonsense measures that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that you and your family can take to lower the risk of contracting and spreading the infection:
• 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
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using 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.
• If you believe you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, please contact your healthcare provider immediately.
» City of Newport Tax Abatement Application
» Apply for a Federal Disaster Loan for Small Businesses
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital up to $2 million to Rhode Island small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information, and download applications at: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on SBA disaster assistance. If a paper forms are preferred, they can be accessed here.
If your business has questions regarding SBA loans and access to capital, please call RI Commerce's Small Business Hotline at (401) 521-HELP or e-mail email@example.com.
Whether you're part of a small neighborhood group or work in a larger office environment, you can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Feel free to download and share the following information with your friends, family, and coworkers.
While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the immediate risk to the general public for contracting the coronavirus remains low, they do suggest that now is the time for communities to start preparing. Whether you're part of a small neighborhood group or work in a larger office environment, you can help spread the word. Feel free to download and share the following information with your friends, family, and coworkers.
Printable Flyers for Businesses and Organizations
CDC Flyers & Posters
Social Media Graphics to Share
COVID-19 Videos (via CDC)
View more videos about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on CDC’s YouTube Channel
If you're experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please contact your primary care physician before seeking treatment. For general questions, please call the RI Department of Health at (401) 222-8022. Questions about social service information can be directed to 211.
» City Hall & Offices Closed Effective Monday, March 23rd
Due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19, City Hall is currently closed to the public and all City meetings have been cancelled. For the time being, and until further notice, residents and businesses are encouraged to use our online and mail-in services for any and all City business.
» Please note that all municipal board and commission meetings, including the Newport City Council, Zoning and Planning Boards, and Historic District Commission have been cancelled until further notice, along with Municipal and Probate Courts.
» All Newport Public Schools will be closed for the next two weeks. Distance Learning plans have been announced, and are currently available on the Newport Public Schools website, NPSRI.net.
»The Newport Public Library is closed until beginning March 16th Monday, through at least Sunday, March 29.
» Innovate Newport is closed to walk-in coworkers. Only key fob access is permitted at this time.
» The Edward King House will be closed to members and the public for two weeks, effective Thursday, March 12th.
» All Newport Recreation Youth and Adult Activities have been suspended effective March 12th through March 26th. Children's activities will take place as scheduled until further notice.
» The Second North End Urban Plan Public Forum and associated drop-in hours will take place Online Only on March 18th and 19th. More information can be found at https://courb.co/northend
» The City of Newport Job Fair, scheduled for March 30th has been cancelled
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Newport's Tips for Staying Healthy Flyer (.pdf)
World Health Organization Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information (English) (Spanish) (French) (Simplified Chinese)
NJDOH: Isolation vs. Quarantine (English) (Spanish) (Chinese)
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