The following statement was issued from the Mayor's office at 2:05 on Friday:
Mayor Joseph Solomon has declared a state of emergency for the City of Warwick, Rhode Island, in order to more proactively and effectively address the threats presented by the COVID-19 virus. Under the state of emergency, Warwick’s Emergency Operations Plan is in effect and its Municipal COVID-19/Coronavirus Response Task Force has been activated.
The state of emergency for the City of Warwick is effective immediately and will be in place until further notice.
“This isn’t a step I take lightly, but it is a necessary action at this time to ensure the safety of our City. With an international airport, a train station, and numerous hotels, Warwick is a gateway to Rhode Island for many travelers,” said Mayor Solomon. “In talking about methods to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the best strategy is containment. It is time to practice what we preach in response to this looming pandemic. None of this means anyone should panic, but it helps us put a series of precautions in place – not only for the safety of our residents, but our visitors as well. My number one priority is ensuring that everyone in Warwick is safe.”
Under the state of emergency, all municipal board and commission meetings, including the City Council, Zoning and Planning Boards, and Municipal and Probate Courts are cancelled until further notice. At this time, the City of Warwick remains open, but departments are making adjustments in accordance with the City’s state of emergency, as well as the guidelines set forth by Governor Raimondo and the Rhode Island Department of Health.
The City of Warwick has cancelled all programming at the City’s senior centers, but boxed meals are available for seniors to pick up. The City’s Transwick Transportation is available to transport boxed lunches to homebound senior citizens.
The McDermott Aquatic Center is closed until further notice, as are the Thayer/Warburton Ice Arenas.
To date, there are no presumptive cases or positive tests of COVID-19 in Warwick. This declaration is an attempt to mitigate and prevent future cases of the virus.