Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau

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The safety of meeting and convention delegates, as well as all visitors to Rhode Island, is of the utmost importance to the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau (PWCVB). With the COVID-19 pandemic still impacting travel and tourism across the globe, the PWCVB continues to coordinate with elected officials, state and local health and emergency management agencies. Below you will find updates on Rhode Island's COVID-19 response and reopening efforts:

Reopening RI:

Rhode Island has entered Phase III of its reopening plan, which allows for increased capacity for indoor dining with restrictions, updated limits to group gatherings, further reopening of businesses, and more. Detailed information may be found on Rhode Island Commerce's Reopening RI website

Social Gatherings: On July 29, Gov. Gina Raimondo announced that Rhode Island would remain in Phase 3 for another 30 days until Aug. 28, with one change: the social gathering limit is now lowered to 15 people as social gatherings have been the source of many positive cases. All other Phase 3 guidance remains unchanged. PHASE III GUIDELINES

Masks & Facial Coverings: 

Governor Gina Raimondo has extended her executive order on mask. Masks or face coverings must be worn in public — both indoors and outdoors — whenever six feet of social distance cannot be maintained. Exceptions to this include children under two and anyone whose health would be negatively impacted by wearing a face covering.

Click here for some tips on wearing a face covering during the summer. PDF File

Travel Regulations: 

Please visit the Rhode Island Department of Health's (RIDOH) website for the most up-to-date travel information. As of June 30, 2020, RIDOH's website states:

If you are coming to Rhode Island from one of the states listed here with a positivity rate of COVID-19 greater than 5%, you will either have to self-quarantine for 14 days while in Rhode Island, or produce proof of a negative test for COVID-19 that was taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Rhode Island. If you receive a test after arriving in Rhode Island and get a negative test result, you can stop quarantining.

Here are some helpful links to stay current with news about COVID-19 and its effect on the travel industry: 

Rhode Island:
RI Department of Health

Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency

Center for Disease Control

PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association)

U.S. Travel Association

Stay safe and we can't wait to welcome you to our destination soon.