Rhode Island Prepares To Ditch Indoor Mask Mandate For Vaccinated People


PROVIDENCE, R.I (WBZ NewsRadio) — Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee on Friday said the state is moving up it's timeline for reopening and changing its mask rules.

Starting on May 18th, residents who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 do not have to wear a mask or social distance in most indoor spaces. The update comes after the state already removed that requirement for vaccinated individuals while they are outside.

McKee also said Rhode Island will move up it's reopening guidelines from May 28, 2021 to May 21, 2021.

Here's what will change:

  • Indoor Dining: 100 capacity limit, no restrictions on table sizes
  • Bars: Indoor standing service allowed, plexi-glass barriers are not required
  • Retail Stores: 100 capacity, with 3-foot spacing requirements in place
  • Barbershops & Salons: 100 capacity, with 3-foot spacing requirements in place
  • Fitness Facilities & Gyms: 100 capacity, with 3-foot spacing requirements in place

The new guidelines will also do away with any limits on social gatherings. The current limit is 25 people indoors and 75 people outdoors.

Catered events can also be held with 100 percent capacity and no limits on attendees. Indoor standing bar service, cocktail hours and open dance floors are allowed.

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Written by Rachel Armany

(Photo: Courtesy of Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee)


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