R.I. Governor Announces Proms And Graduations Will Happen This Year

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee announced Thursday that high school proms and graduation ceremonies will happen this year amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“That is good news. And I know that the schools, and all the students in the schools, are looking forward to that,” McKee said during a press conference.

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Health Department Director Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott said that events where food will not be served, like commencement ceremonies and concerts, can happen with a maximum of 250 people indoors or 500 people outdoors.

After May 15, capacity limits for indoor gatherings will increase to 500 people indoors and 1,000 people outdoors. That's the date the state said they expect 70% of residents 16 and older to be partially vaccinated for COVID-19.

Masks and social distancing will be required, and testing is strongly recommended.

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