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Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo issued a stay at home order Saturday, in effect until April 13, in order to combat the new coronavirus.
Raimondo, a Democrat, also banned all gatherings of more than five people, and any person coming to Rhode Island for any non-work reason is ordered to self-quarantine for 14 days. The five-person limit applies “everywhere, outside, and around your kitchen table,” she said.
Her announcement came a day after she began aggressive measures to stop people from New York, the epicenter of nation’s outbreak, entering Rhode Island.
It also came as President Trump said he was considering a quarantine of the New York metropolitan area to slow the virus’s spread.
Police were stopping cars with New York license plates, and she said that on Saturday the National Guard and local police began searching summer homes and ordered anyone who had visited New York under a 14-day quarantine.
“It’s a step I take reluctantly,” Raimondo said. “I’m trying to maintain a semblance of an economy. But I’m hearing too many reports of people crowding into stores.”
Starting March 30, all noncritical retail businesses will close until April 13. A list of nonessential businesses will be released later Saturday, the governor said.
The announcement comes a day after the state announced its first two deaths from Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus.
Raimondo said she was ramping up enforcement of her social distance orders at businesses that remain open, as well as beaches and parks. She would dispatch state officials to businesses to check, she said.
Raimondo has come under fire from the American Civil Liberties Union for dispatching police to stop cars and search houses.
“I’m more concerned about outcomes, not optics,” Raimondo said. “I’m more concerned about our hospitals being overrun,” she said.
The state has 239 positive cases of Covid-19.
— With assistance by Adrianne Appel
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