At the September 3 City Council meeting, Councilman John Goncalves (Ward 1) proposed a resolution supporting the proposed mask policies at local colleges and universities, and encouraging all faculty, staff and students to abide by said policies on and off campus.
“Providence is home to so many world class colleges and universities, and I am so proud to share the City with thousands of college students, faculty and staff. But as the new semester begins, it is crucial that all steps are taken to preserve the health of members of these college communities and the members of our greater neighborhoods and City as a whole,” stated Councilman Goncalves.
This resolution has been sponsored by Council President Matos (Ward 15), Council President Pro Tempore Correia (Ward 6), Councilwoman Anthony (Ward 2), Councilwoman Castillo (Ward 9), Councilman Espinal (Ward 10), Councilman Igliozzi (Ward 7), Councilwoman Kerwin (Ward 12), Councilor Miller (Ward 13), and Councilor Salvatore (Ward 14).
“Local college communities enrich our neighborhoods, and we are proud to have them in our City. The work done by these universities to implement safe health plans such strict mask policies will be imperative in protecting not only students and faculty, but also residents in the surrounding communities. For this reason, myself and my Council colleagues ask that these policies be taken very seriously,” added Councilor David Salvatore.
Providence has long been a central location for higher education and is home to several prestigious institutions. Students and staff come from all over to make Providence their home. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, these colleges and universities have worked tirelessly to adjust to new health and safety guidelines.
If you are a student, faculty member or part of a college community, make sure to stay informed on your institution’s health policies such as mask wearing and social distancing. As our City works towards the new semester and school year, compliance with these policies will make the difference in mitigating community spread of COVID-19.