On Friday Mayor Joseph J. Solomon took steps to help local restaurants prepare for the next phase of Rhode Island’s reopening of the economy issuing an executive order, which expedites the process for adding outdoor seating with no additional fees.
“I remain focused on doing whatever we can to help our local restaurants with the supports they need as we move forward,” said Solomon in a release. “Many restaurants in Warwick do not presently have the licenses or permits they need to offer outdoor seating, so I am proactively removing as many barriers as possible. I am committed to partnering with our business community to ensure that Warwick can be open for business while keeping people safe.”
The executive order allows temporary outdoor seating for restaurants in Warwick as long as they are in compliance with related safety regulations. All businesses must adhere to state guidance on social distancing, limiting the number of people in a building or area, wearing cloth face coverings, rigorous cleaning and sanitizing measures, and prohibiting any employees or customers who have any symptoms of illness.
“I am anxious to give businesses the green light to move forward with less restrictions, while remaining cognizant of the need to keep COVID-19 at bay. I’m convinced that with the creativity and ingenuity that Warwick is known for, we’ll strike that delicate balance,” Solomon said.
According to the release, Warwick has adhered to all guidelines and recommendations from the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Essential city functions have continued uninterrupted throughout this crisis. In addition to ensuring full compliance with health and safety guidelines from RIDOH, Solomon has implemented further enhanced safety measures in Warwick City offices as he continues to increase public access in an incremental, phased rollout.
All city operations are subject to change and are dependent upon data and guidance from RIDOH. Solomon urged residents to remain vigilant in doing whatever they can to stem the spread of COVID-19 by following social distancing guidelines, wearing masks in public, and washing their hands frequently.