Guidance for Your Business
As the impact of the Coronavirus swells, we are compiling existing resources and opportunities to help small businesses throughout Greater Newport during this crisis. We also encourage you to visit the state health department website for local information.
We are updating this page frequently so please keep checking back for the latest information.
Connect Greater Newport is a resource for the business community throughout Newport County and Bristol County. If you need additional assistance please contact us at 401-314-0329 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why did the governor declare a state of emergency?
This declaration enables Rhode Island to access additional resources to respond to Covid-19. These resources include access to federal aid.
Why did municipalities declare a state of emergency?
This declaration allows for a more effective response to the evolving COVID-19 public health crisis by temporarily suspending purchasing policy rules to allow quick response and recovery action, as deemed necessary.
Why aren’t all businesses impacted equally by restrictions and closures?
Decisions are made based on the CDC guidelines for community mitigation. Actions are guided by local characteristics of disease transmission, demographics, and public health and healthcare system capacity.
Restrictions & Closures Impacting Business
Business owners should contact the Department of Business Regulation at 401-462-9500 with any questions about restrictions and closures relating to their business.
Critical Business Determination Request
Submit your business to be evaluated as a critical business: https://dbr.ri.gov/
Close Contact Businesses
(Including but not limited to spas, salons, and gyms)
Will close all in- person operations effective 5pm March 23rd.
Rhode Island has restricted groups, meetings & gatherings of more than 10 people.
Recreation & Entertainment Facilities
(Including but not limited to theaters, bowling alleys, sporting events)
Will close all in-person operations effective 5pm March 23rd.
Food & Drink Establishments
No on-premise consumption. Establishments with food licenses can offer pick-up, drive through, and delivery.
Health Care Facilities
Visitation policies may be in place. Check the health care provider or hospital website for information about visitation or other safety protocols.
Oral Health Care Providers
No non-essential or non-urgent dental care.
Schools & Child Care Facilities
Schools will remain closed. Some Child Care Facilities may reopen under new emergency regulations. Providers should contact the RI Department of Human Service for more information.
Many companies, banks, and organizations are offering free or reduced cost resources for businesses to adjust to new needs brought on by the pandemic.