Statement Regarding Recent Updates around the State and City’s Response to COVID-19
This morning, Governor Gina Raimondo issued an executive order to close all bars and restaurants in the State of Rhode Island. The executive order only allows for carry-out and delivery service at these businesses. In addition to this, the Governor has instructed that no gatherings of 25 or more people will be allowed in the State until at least March 30, 2020.
The City Council understands the need for this broad action and is in support of this decision. In addition to the Governor’s announcements, Mayor Jorge Elorza, has issued an executive order to close the Providence Place Mall. We are acutely aware of the impact this has on so many of our hard-working residents who depend on reliable income to pay rent, childcare, and other necessities. We want to reassure our neighbors that we are working with our Federal, State, and Local officials to find ways to ensure the economic welfare of all our residents.
The Council has launched a COVID-19 Information Resource Page that provides links for residents with information regarding Workplace Aid, information regarding the State’s Paid Sick Leave legislation, and where to apply for Temporary Disability Insurance if you have or are caring for someone with COVID-19, as well as how to apply for Unemployment Benefits.
The City Council, which oversees the Municipal Courts, has stopped all Collection Services relating to unpaid parking, environmental, or speed camera violations. We have also suspended scofflaw “booting” of vehicles in the City of Providence, and as of Friday, March 13, 2020 the Courts have suspended the doubling, and tripling of fines until further notice.
We are doing everything within our powers to ensure that no added economic hardship is added to our residents. Your safety, well-being both physically and financially, and quality of life are our top concerns. Where we can, we will work to help our neighbors during these trying times.
Sabina Matos, President
Providence City Council
Councilwoman – Ward 15