Statement from Majority Leader Jo-Ann Ryan Regarding Ward 1 Election:

I applaud the decision of the Rhode Island State Board of Elections who voted unanimously Friday to move the City of Providence Ward 1 Special Election to June 2, 2020 the same day set for the state-wide Presidential Preference Primary.

Thursday night, the City Council, at the request of the City Solicitor, voted to postpone the Ward 1 special election to May 5th, or the earliest date possible all while keeping with Governor Raimondo’s Emergency Public Health Executive Orders.

The Council did not make this decision lightly. Our goal has always been to fill the vacancy as soon as possible, but in the face of this global pandemic, we cannot ignore the seriousness of our current public safety crisis.

Governor Raimondo has been quite clear in her message, the better we adhere to the advice of the medical community today, the sooner we get back to work.

I wish to thank the Board of Elections for taking a wise and well-measured approach. The Board of Elections rightly expressed in its decision that the Council attempted to strike a balance between representation and risk to public health.

We all share the concerns and understand the frustration that many members of the Ward 1 community expressed, nonetheless we had to make public health the priority.

Jo-Ann Ryan, Majority Leader
Providence City Council
Councilwoman – Ward 5

Statement from Majority Leader Jo-Ann Ryan Regarding COVID-19 Testing Site at Rhode Island College

Statement from Majority Leader Jo-Ann Ryan Regarding COVID-19 Testing Site at Rhode Island College

The novel COVID-19 pandemic is impacting every aspect of our lives. To protect ourselves and our families it is important that we follow the guidance of our Governor Gina Raimondo and our public health officials. Stay home, practice social and physical distancing, wash your hands and regularly clean surfaces. With all of us being diligent in maintaining these best practices, Rhode Island will help flatten the curve.

Governor Raimondo and the Rhode Island Health Department announced today that approximately 50 State public health officials and Rhode Island Army National Guard members will be on-site at Rhode Island College conducting drive-thru COVID-19 testing.

Testing will take place between the hours of 9 AM and 3 PM every day until further notice. Testing will be available by appointment only, and only after a referral from a physician. The testing will be done with the individual remaining in their vehicle. If you do not have an appointment, you will not receive a test.

Once an appointment is confirmed through the Rhode Island Department of Health, individuals will be directed to the swabbing site. The National Guard, the Rhode Island Department of Health, and the Rhode Island Emergency Agency do not anticipate any noticeable increase in neighborhood traffic, nor do they anticipate any long lines. They are instructing individuals to use main roads only, and individuals are instructed to not leave their vehicles.

You can find details and more information from Rhode Island College President Frank D. Sánchez here: COVID-19 Testing Site

I have full faith in our National Guard, and the Rhode Island Department of Health to perform this important function in our neighborhood all while maintaining strict adherence to public safety. The more testing we do, the more we know about the virus, and how to stop it.

In this time of fear and uncertainty, we are all reminded of the fragility of life. And, we are newly aware of how much we need each other just as we are being warned to distance ourselves.

I want to extend my sincere thanks to Governor Raimondo for her extraordinary leadership during these unprecedented times.

Let’s stay strong. Stay at home. For important updates follow the City Council COVID-19 web page. I am here if you need anything.

We will get through this together.

Jo-Ann Ryan, Majority Leader
Providence City Council
Councilwoman – Ward 5
Statement from Majority Leader Jo-Ann Ryan Regarding COVID-19 Testing Site at Rhode Island College

Message from Majority Leader Jo-Ann Ryan

Dear Neighbors,

We are living in uncertain times, and the spread of COVID-19 has many of us worried. It’s been especially troubling for our younger residents who might not quite understand why their world changed so quickly.

As a parent, I can understand how stressful this all might be. I wanted you to know that I’m thinking of you and that my office is working and fully operational, and able to assist you with any needs.

You can call the Council Office at 401-521-7477 or via email at

Please visit the City Council’s COVID-19 Resource Guide below. The site provides the latest updates, meal sites, and other important information.

Please stay safe, take care of one another, and remember to check in on our neighbors who may need help.


Jo-Ann Ryan, Majority Leader

Providence City Council to Hold Virtual Meeting Via Teleconference

Providence City Council to Hold Virtual Meeting Via Teleconference

Participants Can Call Into the Meeting With Their Phones

Providence will be the first Council Body to use this Teleconferencing Technology

In light of the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak which has affected many of us here in Rhode Island, the Governor issued an executive order earlier this week lifting the Open Meetings Act (OMA) restrictions for public meetings.

The order allows for adequate alternative means of public access such as over phone, internet, and audio or videoconferencing when it comes to public body meetings.

“Our goal as a City Council is to be as transparent as possible,” stated City Council President Sabina Matos (Ward 15). “We have decided to move from livestreaming to teleconferencing due to the rapid spread of the virus here in Rhode Island. In the last 48 hours, we have seen an increase of 21 positive infections, totaling 44 positive infections here in Rhode Island as of 1:30 PM today. It’s with that in mind that we have made the difficult decision to host our meeting using a teleconference line, a widely used and implemented practice. This will allow for residents to hear the discussions as it happens by our body in real-time.”

In light of this executive order, in addition to the prior executive order limiting gatherings of more than 25 people, and to protect the health of our Councilors, staff, and our residents Council President Sabina Matos has decided to seek alternative public access mediums for tonight’s Council meeting. The City Council will be using a teleconferencing platform for tonight’s meeting.

Call-In Information is Below:
Please dial: 1-646-558-8656
Pin: 692739810#
Press # again to enter the conference waiting room.

This tough decision is premised on an urgency to preserve public health while also maintaining the spirit of an open and transparent governmental process.

Important COVID-19 Resources for Providence Residents & Businesses

Important COVID-19 Resources for Providence Residents & Businesses


Updates Regarding the Federal, State, and City’s Response to COVID-19

  1. CVS has launched a rapid COVID-19 Testing Site for Rhode Islanders with symptoms at Twin Rivers Casino. You need to make a reservation, and this site is only for adults 18 and older who are currently working. No doctor referral required and testing is free. Make your appointment on
  2. Beginning tomorrow, April 7 at 8:00 AM gig workers, contract workers, self-employed, small business owners, sole proprietors, and other people who do not qualify for traditional unemployment insurance (UI) benefits are covered in the new federal CARES Act, can file online here: File an Unemployment Claim .
  3. We are in the rapid spread phase of the virus and are reminded to stay-at-home.
  4. Dr. Alexander-Scott, the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health, recommended that residents wear face protection whenever possible. That includes fabric masks and even bandannas. Be sure that it covers your nose and mouth to keep others safe from the virus and other germs.
  5. Governor Raimondo shared two numbers for adults and children to be matched with mental health professionals who might be feeling anxious or overwhelmed due to the COVID-19 Crisis. Adults can call BHLink at 414-Link and for children, you can call KidsLink at 855-543-5465.
  6. Surge Hospital locations have been chosen: Providence – The Rhode Island Convention Center; Cranston – The Citizens Bank Building; Quonset – Former Lowe’s Wharehouse.
  7. Testing for COVID-19 has been opened for any individual who has symptoms and has been referred by a physician to get an appointment at one of the multiple testing sites.
  8. If you are a business owner you have likely heard about the Small Business Paycheck Protection Program. Here you will find an overview of the program, a fact sheet about the program, and the application of the program provided to the City Council by Bank Newport. They will be able to answer any questions you may have.
  9. The state is launching a short-term bridge loan program for businesses with 10 or fewer employees. The loan fund is seeded with $2M, and you are able to apply for the loan after you have filled out the SBA Disaster Assistance Loan Application. Contact the CommerceRI by calling (401) 521-HELP.
  10. If you are in quarantine the state has set up a program for food service, you can go to or call 211 to access this service.
  11. Governor Raimondo announced that the Superior Courts have set up a special site for businesses that might need help to avoid bankruptcy and other issues due to the COVID-19 crisis. If you are a business in need, please visit the Superior Courts Business Recovery Plan page.
  12. Governor Raimondo is closing all state parks and beaches until further notice.
  13. The RI Department of Health is looking for part-time or retired public health workers including doctors, nurses, LPN’s, CNA’s, CNE’s, social workers and mental health workers to help during the crisis. If you would like to sign-up please visit RIResponds.Org
  14. All campgrounds in the state will not be able to open until at least May 1.
  15. Governor Raimondo has continued Distance Learning for K-12 public education until the end of April.
  16. Governor Raimondo has called for all childcare centers to be closed until the end of April.
  17. Any person in the State of Rhode Island currently on Medicaid will remain on the plan until the health crisis is resolved.
  18. The RI DMV is providing 90-day extensions on registrations, renewals, etc. from the date of March 1, 2020 until the crisis is over.
  19. Governor Raimondo has issued a “Stay at Home” order effective until April 13. What does that mean? It means that you can only leave your residence for essential purposes: groceries, medicine, and work if you cannot do so remotely.
  20. Governor Raimondo issued another Executive Order limiting all gatherings of people in your home or outside to no more than five people. What does that mean? If you are working, you should not be in a small room with more than five people. You should not have more than five people in your home (unless they live there). You should only be in contact with those same five individuals as much as possible. This is vital to stop the spread of this virus.
  21. Anyone returning to or entering the State from any type of travel must self-quarantine for 14-days with the exception of Public Health and Public Safety workers.
  22. If you work outside of the State of Rhode Island and cannot work remotely, you must self-quarantine upon your return home from work daily until April 13, 2020.
  23. Beginning Monday, March 30, 2020, all non-critical retail businesses will be closed until April 13, 2020.
  24. Any visitor to Rhode Island from out of state staying in a hotel or short-term rental property is demanded to self-quarantine for 14 days.
  25. Commerce RI, with support from volunteers from the Tech Community, will provide free tech support and advice on moving their businesses to remote working.
  26. The Department of Business Regulations will introduce new regulations for larger box stores. New regulations will include a defined number of people allowed in the establishment at one time, creating social distancing in lines, increased and more thorough cleaning, and having designated staff to keep a physical count of shoppers in a store at any given one time.
  27. The Federal Government has passed a stimulus package that will send $1.25 billion to Rhode Island. The funding will help small business loans and increase unemployment benefits for individuals that normally would not be eligible like gig workers, 1099 workers, self-employed, hairdressers, barbers, etc. Individuals will apply for unemployment online, through the current system. It is on clear as to when those funds will become available, but individuals should apply online here: File an Unemployment Claim
  28. If you are a frontline worker in need of childcare or eldercare the State has partnered with to offer 90 Free Days of premium access to our state’s hospital, public safety, and other frontline personnel. This is a paid service. You can also volunteer as a provider offering your services for free, or sign-up to be a provider. Please visit: Care.Com RI
  29. Any person returning to Rhode Island via air travel – domestic or international – must self-quarantine for 14-days. They will be greeted at T. F. Green Airport by a member of the National Gaurd and asked to provide their contact information and will be tracked by the Rhode Island Department of Health during the 14-day self-isolation period. This new order does not apply to health care workers, public health workers or public safety professionals.
  30. The Rhode Island Primary has been moved from April 28 to June 2, 2020. This will be primarily done via Mail Ballot.
  31. The following businesses are closed until further notice: Fitness Centers, Health Clubs, Health Spas, Gyms, Aquatic Centers, Hair Salons and Barber Shops, Massage Parlors and Body Works Establishments, Beauty Salons (Including tanning, nail and eyelash salons), Tattoo Parlors, Flea Markets, and Mass Gatherings (including social, community, spiritual, religious, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings and events of more than 10 people) are prohibited.
  32. Mayor Elorza has closed Providence Place Mall until further notice.
  33. The City has closed all City buildings and many of our cultural sites to protect against the spread of the virus. Learn more about COVID-19 and the City’s response here: Providence COVID-19.
  34. Don’t fall prey to COVID-19 Scams. No government agency will ask for your SSN or your address, they know it. For more information visit the Federal Trade Commission’s site regarding scams: FTC
  35. If you are seeing price gouging the Attorney General has created an online complaint form: Online Complaint Form
  36. Both Federal and State governments have extended tax filing deadlines until July 15, 2020.
  37. The Governor has activated the full RI National Guard to assist with the ongoing crisis. The 1,000 men and women who have been called to service will be helping with testing and other logistics. It is simply a measure to have more helping hands during this time.
  38. There is now a 30-day waiting period for the purchase of firearms in place, due to the need to have safety personnel available to assist with the ongoing health crisis.
  39. The Governor has called upon the Army Corps of Engineers to help retrofit and locate potential sites for hospital surges.


Health Resources for COVID-19

  1. There are 1,082 positive cases of COVID-19 in Rhode Island, and 27 deaths related to the virus. (This number changes daily and will be updated immediately after the Governor’s daily briefing.)
  2. If you do not have insurance Health Source RI has opened an emergency enrollment period until April 15, and if you have been laid off for any reason you have 60 days to apply for health insurance: Health Source RI
  3. For more information on what you should do if you feel that you may have contracted COVID-19, or come into contact with someone that could potentially have COVID-19 please visit the Rhode Island Health Department’s website or by calling the COVID-19 hotline at 401-222-8022.
  4. Governor Raimondo has announced that testing and treatment for COVID-19 would be free for Rhode Islanders, with no co-pay or out of pocket expenses.
  5. If you are sick at all – headache, runny nose, cough, fever or other symptoms you must stay home from work.
  6. If you are in quarantine the state has set up a program for food service, you can go to or call 211 to access this service.
  7. Keep a daily log of where you have been and who you came in contact with to help in mitigation and contact tracing if you become infected with the COVID-19 virus.
  8. Interesting interactive article from The New York Times: How the Virus Got Out


City Council and City Services Remaining Operational

  1. The City Council Office remains accessible via phone at 401-521-7477, or email at Staff members can answer your calls and help assist you with any needs you may have.
  2. All emergency services including Police, Fire, Emergency Medical Services and—for life safety matters only— Animal Control will continue regular operations.
  3. Mayor’s Center for City Services will be taking calls from 8:00AM to 8:00PM and will continue to address concerns submitted through the PVD311 app or website.
  4. City planning applications, permits, and licensing reviews will require residents and businesses to use online and email tools for submission of materials and payment. In cases where this is not possible, documents can be dropped off at specified times or submitted through the drop-box located at the back entrance of 444 Westminster Street (accessible by the parking lot on Greene St).**
  5. All Public Works requests will be handled on a case by case basis as it relates to the safety and sanitation of the city.*
  6. The Inspections of buildings and other infrastructure will continue as regularly scheduled.*
  7. Tax Collection will be accessible online, by phone or by mail. Mailed payments should include quarterly coupon and a personal check, certified check or money order payable to the City of Providence.*
  8. Tax Assessment services will be accessible online. Time-sensitive documents, such as homestead exemption applications, are available online and can be mailed to City Hall or emailed to and will continue to be processed.*
  9. Vital Records will continue to receive documents for death certificates through mail, at specified drop-off times** or using the City Hall drop-box accessible through Eddy Street. Select documents can be requested online and will be provided through mail.
  10. Licensing will continue to receive documents online or through mail.* New licenses will not be issued and all food, entertainment and liquor licenses and licensing violation hearings will not be held until further notice.
  11. Public meetings that are non-essential will be postponed for the next 30 days, per the Governor’s Executive Order, and all essential meetings are encouraged to happen online or by phone as specified.
  12. Documents processed by the Recorder of Deeds can be mailed to City Hall or dropped-off during specified times.** Property history can be searched online, research prior to 2004 cannot be done at this time.
  13. Commission of Human Relations complaint intake will be accessible online only.
  14. All Finance and budget functions essential to core city operations and payroll will continue.*
  15. The Board of Contract and Supply will continue to receive bids on city contracts according to specified drop off hours** and on the same day that the Board of Contract and Supply meetings occur between the hours of 11AM and 2:15PM. For day-of drop-offs, documents can be submitted using the buzzer located next to the wheelchair-accessible entrance of City Hall on Eddy Street and giving the documents to a member of the City Clerk’s office.

* Please note that there may be slight delays in carrying out these operations due to reduced staffing or helping address pandemic-related issues.

** Please note that select documents can be dropped off Tuesday and Thursday between 10AM and 1PM through the wheelchair-accessible entrance of City Hall on Eddy Street. Upon dropping off documents, please use the buzzer outside of the door and wait for assistance. Documents can also be submitted via drop-boxes located at City Hall, accessible through Eddy Street, and at the Doorley Municipal Building (444 Westminster Street), accessible through Greene Street. Drop-boxes will be checked twice a week, so processing may be delayed.

The following City Services and Offices or Buildings Will be Closed or Suspended Until Further Notice

  1. Providence City Hall and all other municipal buildings
  2. Providence Public Schools and Buildings
  3. netWORKri Career Center
  4. All Recreation Centers
  5. The Botanical Cente
  6. Museum of Natural History
  7. BankNewport City Center and Providence Rink
  8. Providence Housing Court
  9. Providence Probate Court
  10. Special Event permit issuance
  11. Entertainment license issuance
  12. Board of Canvassers; residents looking to register to vote can do so online.
  13. All public programming from Parks, Recreation, and Art, Culture + Tourism


How to Volunteer, Help Your Neighbors, How to Safely Grocery Shop, & Restaurant Food Donations

  1. The United Way of Rhode Island is creating a list of volunteers as a proactive measure to protect and support our communities during COVID-19. If you’re interested in helping nonprofits meet Rhode Islanders’ basic needs, please complete this short survey. Note: we’ll only contact you if there is a match.
  2. The RI Department of Health is looking for part-time or retired public health workers including doctors, nurses, LPN’s, CNA’s, CNE’s, social workers and mental health workers to help during the crisis. If you would like to sign-up please visit RIResponds.Org
  3. Check out this handy guide of best practices that City Council has created: English and En Español
  4. The City’s Healthy Communities Department has issued the following guidelines for grocery shopping: English and En Español
  5. If you are a restaurant or would like to donate food from a restaurant, please follow these guidelines: English and En Español


How Can a Business Donate to the Department of Health

  1. If you are a business owner and have the ability, supplies, or equipment to donate to the Health Department please fill out this online form: Health Donation Form


How to Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19

    1. Wash your hands, and here’s why: The Science Behind HandWashing in COVID-19
    2. Stay inside as much as possible.
    3. Do not congregate in groups.
    4. Do not go to malls or areas where large numbers of people may be – like bars or restaurants.
    5. Do go for a walk or a run – it just means that you need to keep your distance from other people. Otherwise seemingly healthy people can be a carrier for COVID-19 and have no symptoms, but it can quickly spread – especially to individuals over the age of 60 or to those who have compromised immune systems or other underlying health concerns. So please be mindful.
    6. Practice Social Distancing: Social Distancing is the practice of keeping a distance of roughly 4 to 6 feet between you and other people – even your loved ones. It means no close personal contact like hugging or handshaking. Say hello or nod your head when greeting a friend or neighbor.
    7. Remember to practice safe hygiene by washing your hands, coughing and sneezing into your elbows, using hand sanitizer, and staying indoors and at home if feeling sick.


Resources Regarding Providence City Schools and Meal Services for Residents 18 & Younger

  1. Providence City Schools have begun distance learning and education will be virtual until the end of April, and the Governor will reassess the need to go longer at a later date.
  2. The Providence Public School Department has launched a distance learning hotline for students and families who are having trouble getting through the phone lines at schools. The number is 401-456-0686 and is being managed by the Office of Family and Community Engagement. They have added about a dozen lines and have deployed more staff to manage the calls.
  3. The Highlander Institue in cooperation with the Rhode Island Department of Education has also implemented a Distance Learning Resource Hotline you can submit your questions via the internet and their group of volunteers will contact you with the support you need: Online Request Form
  4. Beginning on Wednesday, March 25 parents will begin to be contacted by members of the Providence School Department to assess their needs and check-in on the students and the remote learning process. This will continue over several days.
  5. Commissioner Infante-Green and Superintendent Peters have shared information regarding distance learning. Watch this informative video here: Distance Learning with Commissioner Infante-Green and Superintendent Peters
  6. What Distance Learning looks like – check out this Google Document for more information: Distance Learning
  7. There are 13 sites across the city where all children, ages 18 and younger, regardless of where they attend school, can access several days worth of “Grab & Go” meals. The locations will be open from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm (for school students their lunch break is from 11:00 am to 1:00 PM) Tuesdays and Thursdays during the duration of the closure. On Friday, they will be sent home with three meals for each day of the weekend: Meal Distribution Locations
  8. In addition to the meals being provided at the schools, the City of Providence is offering free, packaged dinner meals at each of Providence’s eleven recreation centers. Meals can be picked up between 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM Tuesdays and Thursdays by residents 18 and under but they must be personally present at the distribution site. No ID is required: Meal Distribution Locations
  9. Every student present in Providence schools on Friday – in grades 3-12 – was sent home with a Chrome Book so that they can access online learning and other tools. If your child has not received a Chrome Book contact the Principal at your child’s school, or go to the school and pick one up.
  10. Providence City Schools will be undergoing a deep cleaning and disinfection of all schools and administrative buildings per CDC Guidelines.
  11. Providence Community Libraries and the Providence Public Library and all associated programming have been closed/canceled until further notice.


Resources Around Utilities, Social, and State Services

  1. If you find yourself experiencing homelessness or know someone who is here is a great resource: RI Coalition for the Homeless
  2. The State is increasing SNAP benefits for nearly half of recipients, and you will this increase in your April 1, 2020 EBT Card deposit.
  3. The City is also working with utility companies to ensure that if someone is unable to pay their bill due to lack of income, that their services will not be interrupted. As of now National Grid and Providence Water have shared that they will ensure continued service for all residents regardless of their ability to pay. As we know more about these programs or other utilities coming online we will update this page.
  4. Cox Cable is now offering free internet for two months during this duration. Please note that this is only for two months, and then will become a billed service at $10/month. They have also agreed to not charge late fees, or suspend service for the next 60-days for residential customers. In addition, Cox is setting up “hotspots” around the City to provide free wifi. You can enter your zip code here and it will provide you with a list of locations in your neighborhood: WIFI Hotspots
  5. Verizon will waive late fees over the next 60 days that any residential or small business customers incur because of their economic circumstances related to the coronavirus. In addition, Verizon will not terminate service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay their bills due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus.
  6. Residential trash and recycling pick-ups are considered essential services and will continue as scheduled.
  7. Department of Labor and Training (DLT), and HealthSource RI will be moving to online and telephone-only services until further notice. This includes all new applications, renewals, or changes in benefits. Individuals who need to drop off paper applications will be able to do so without speaking with a customer service representative.
  8. The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announced earlier today that licensing road tests will be canceled through the end of the week. In addition, beginning tomorrow, all DMV satellite offices will be closed. (Closures of the satellite locations in Westerly and Warren has previously been announced).
  9. The Cranston DMV will only be providing the following limited services: dealer appointments, adjudications, and commercial drivers licenses. Rhode Islanders are encouraged not to go to the DMV unless absolutely necessary. The DMV is only taking clients for all services by appointment only. Please check the DMV website to confirm an appointment before visiting the DMV.


Resources for Seniors

  1. Providence has several meal sites dedicated to serving older adults throughout the city. Please contact each site directly as information may change daily: Senior Meal Sites
  2. Grocery stores throughout Rhode Island are providing dedicated shopping hours to promote the safety and wellness of older adults: Dedicated Senior Shopping Hours
  3. With the recent stay-at-home orders issued across the states to further contain the spread of COVID 19, SeniorLiving.Org  has compiled information on how to help seniors with communication, grocery delivery, home care and, health monitoring. This guide, Social Distancing: Apps for Seniors, provides practical apps for seniors (tech-savvy or not), along with setup assistance.


Resources for Renters

  1. HomesRI has released fact sheets on your rights as a tenant and how you can be protected during this COVID-19 crisis: In English En Español


Resources for Lost Wages and Employee Rights

Here is a great resource of what you may or may not qualify for, and how to apply as published by WPRI News.

  1. If you have lost work or have to stay home because of COVID-19, the state may be able to help: Workplace Aid 
  2. If you are quarantined with COVID-19 you can apply for Temporary Disability Insurance (TDI): TDI Application
  3. If the place where you work closes or your employer tells you that you must stay home without pay, you may be able to collect Unemployment Insurance if you can please fill out the form online and not call the office as it slows down processing of checks: File an Unemployment Claim
  4. Rhode Islanders have a right to paid sick time as passed by the General Assembly in 2018. Use them: Paid Sick Leave Fact Sheet
  5. Are you a member of the RI AFL-CIO? Here’s a comprehensive guide of resources if you are out of work and other benefits: AFL-CIO


Resources for the Self-Employed, Contract Workers, Sole Proprietors. or Gig Workers

  1. Gig workers, contract workers, self-employed, small business owners, sole proprietors, and other people who do not qualify for traditional unemployment insurance (UI) benefits are covered in the new federal CARES Act, can file online here: File an Unemployment Claim 


Resources for Small Businesses

  1. If you are a business owner you have likely heard about the Small Business Paycheck Protection Program. Here you will find an overview of the program, a fact sheet about the program, and the application of the program provided to the City Council by Bank Newport. They will be able to answer any questions you may have.
  2. The City of Providence has made adjustments to the Providence Business Loan Fund (PBLF) allowing businesses to borrow as little as $10K with closing costs capped at $500, with zero interest for up to 12 months, and deferred loan payments for 6-12 months. To further address the current disruption to the business community, PBLF is suspending the accrual of interest and fees on the loans to all current borrowers in April. Businesses interested in learning more about PBLF—including eligibility requirements—should visit, or contact PBLF Director Tom Hoagland by calling 401-680-8412.
  3. The City also announced the deployment of an online survey, administered by the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO), to assess the impact COVID-19 has had on local businesses. The survey can be taken online until April 30. While the survey is anonymous, results will be shared with city agencies and local partners to further guide the city’s economic response.
  4. The state is launching a short-term bridge loan program for businesses with 10 or fewer employees. The loan fund is seeded with $2M, and you are able to apply for the loan after you have filled out the SBA Disaster Assistance Loan Application. Call (401) 521-HELP.
  5. The SBA Disaster Loan Assistance has been approved by the Small Business Administration, please note due to high volume the website has had a tendency to move slow or crash: Application
  6. If you own a small business and need assistance because of COVID-19, the RI Commerce Corporation asks that you call: The Small Business Hotline (401) 521-HELP during normal business hours or via e-mail at any time. They can help by guiding you through the claims process.
  7. The Center for Women & Enterprise has shared a very valuable webinar on the SBA Disaster Loan Assistance application. You can view the webinar here: CW&E Webinar
  8. If you are having issues with the Disaster Loan Assistance application, or have been issued a denial please call 401-521-HELP.
  9. If you have lost business because of COVID-19, we ask that you fill out the Estimated Disaster Economic Injury Worksheet shared by the US Small Business Administration. By doing this, it may help Rhode Island get federal aid in support of our small businesses who have suffered adversely due to the ramifications of COVID-19.


Changes to Municipal Courts, Fines, Scofflaw Booting, and State Courts

  1. All trials scheduled before the Municipal Courts have been canceled until further notice. If you had a court summons to appear you will receive a new one in the coming days.
  2. The Municipal Courts remain closed until further notice. They will tentatively reopen on Monday, April 20, 2020. If you need to make a payment you can do so online.
  3. Current Overnight Parking Permit holders whose permits have expired will be extended until the Municipal Courts re-open. If during this period you receive a parking ticket for illegal overnight parking, you will need to bring that ticket with you when you go to renew your permit and the Courts will dismiss that fine.
  4. The City Council has instructed the Municipal Courts to stop all Scofflaw Booting of Vehicles in Providence until further notice.
  5. The City Council has instructed the Municipal Courts to suspend all collection actions until further notice.
  6. The City Council has instructed the Municipal Courts to stop all doubling and tripling of fines as of Friday, March 16, 2020.
  7. State Courts are closed until April 17, 2020.


Potential Resources for Educators, Learners, and those Craving the Arts

  1. The Verizon Innovative Learning Schools Connection website has a number of resources including tips to prepare for and implement robust digital learning plans and our partner Digital Promise has helpful COVID-19 online learning resources and FAQs.
  2. The Smithsonian has shared a list of online distance learning resources that can be found here: The Smithsonian Learning Lab, Distance Learning Hub, Smithsonian Science Education Center’s Game Center, “Tami’s Tower: Let’s Think About Engineering.” They also have a series of non-tech resources like these activity pages. They even have an online program for older students like the Smithsonian Folklife and Oral History Interviewing Guide.
  3. Here is a great selection of sites that have waived subscription fees during this period: Online Learning
  4. The Roger Williams Park and Zoo are offering “Zoo School” on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s at 2 PM on Facebook!
  5. The Social Distancing Festival – Opera, Dance, Theater – all in one spot – and Free: Social Distancing Festival
  6. If you have access to streaming services, some of Broadway’s best shows are available across platforms including Amazon Prime, Apple, Netflix, Hulu, PBS and a host of others. Here’s a good list compiled by Playbill: Broadway on the Small Screen
  7. Fan of opera? Want to expose your young ones to one of the oldest performance artforms, NYC’s Metropolitan Opera is offering nightly viewings of some of their most revered performances: OperaWire
  8. 12 of the world’s most famous museums have virtual tours you can access online for free. Check out this article from Travel & Leisure to find one you might want to visit! Virtual Museum Tours


Providence Restaurants Open for Takeout or Delivery Thank You Eat Drink RI for This List For a Complete List of Restaurants Open in Rhode Island: Eat Drink RI

  1. Ahava Catering, Providence – 401-272-4835
  2. Andino’s, Providence – 401-453-3164 or delivery
  3. Angelo’s Civita Farnese, Providence – take out
  4. Anthony’s, Providence – 401-273-5900 or delivery
  5. Anthony’s Italian Deli, Providence – 401-621-8106
  6. Bagel Express, Providence – 401-455-1212
  7. Bajas Taqueria, Providence- take out
  8. Bajas Tex Mex Grill, Providence- take out
  9. Bites by Bre, Providence – delivery
  10. Cafeteria La Rueda, Providence – (401) 941-4438
  11. Carolina, Providence – 401-941-1333
  12. Cassarino’s Restaurant, Providence – 401-648-4900 or delivery
  13. Centro Restaurant, Providence – 401-228-6802
  14. Ceremony, Providence – take out
  15. Chef Ho’s, Providence – 401-831-0777 or delivery
  16. Chelos, Providence – (401) 861-6644
  17. Chez Pascal, Providence – take out
  18. Costantino’s Venda Bar Ristorante, Providence – 401-528-1100 or delivery
  19. Deluxe NutritionProvidence – 401-338-8241 take out
  20. Dolores, Providence – take out
  21. Don José Tequilas, Providence – 401-454-8951 or delivery
  22. El Eden, Providence – 401-270-1446
  23. El Eden Express, Providence, (401) 490-0802
  24. El FogonProvidence – 401-383-8239
  25. El Mogote, Providence – (401) 490-0053
  26. El Provocon Restaurant, Providence –  (401) 228-6322
  27. Enjoy Cafeteria, Providence – (401) 270-9660
  28. The Family Cake, Providence – take out
  29. Federal Hill Pizza, Providence – delivery
  30. Fire Works Catering, Providence – 401-831-9221
  31. Folklore Latino, Providence – (401) 524-1511
  32. Friskie Fries, Providence – take out
  33. Gasbarro’s Wines, Providence – 401- 421-4170
  34. Geoff’s Superlative Sandwiches, Providence – take out & delivery
  35. Great Northern BBQ Co., Providence – 401-421-1513 or delivery
  36. Gregg’s, Providence – take out or delivery
  37. Good Game Grill, Providence – 401-537-7174
  38. Hudson Street Deli, Providence – 401-228-8555
  39. Hometown Poké, Providence – take out or delivery
  40. The Industrious Spirit Company, Providence – take out bottle of RI made vodka (see this Instagram post)
  41. Julian’s, Providence – 401-861-1770
  42. Kabob and Curry, Providence – take out & delivery
  43. La Broa Pizza, Providence – (401) 270-4884
  44. La Gran Parada, Providence – 401-941-4610
  45. La SonrisaProvidence – 401-228-3470
  46. Lekker Seiromushi, Providence – 401-285-9999 or delivery
  47. Little Bitte Artisanal Cocktails, Providence – delivery (DELIVERY COCKTAILS!)
  48. Los Andes, Providence – 401-649-4911 or delivery
  49. Lotus Garden Noodle & Sushi House, Providence – 401-383-4774 or delivery
  50. Mi Casa Restaurant, Providence – (401) 270-0798
  51. Minerva’s Pizza, Providence – take out & delivery
  52. Murphy’s, Providence – 401-621-8467 or 401-421-1188 or delivery
  53. Napolitano’s Brooklyn Pizza, Providence – take out or delivery 1 or delivery 2
  54. New China RestaurantProvidence – (401) 437-8220
  55. Newport Creamery, Providence – take out
  56. Nicks on Broadway, Providence – 401-421-0286
  57. Nicks on Westminster, Providence – take out
  58. The Nitro Bar, Providence – take out & delivery
  59. Noodles 102, Providence – 401-383-5004
  60. Ocean State Sandwich Company, Providence – take out or delivery
  61. Olneyville NY System, Providence – take out or delivery
  62. Opa, Providence – 401-351-8282 or delivery
  63. Pasta Beach, Providence – 401-270-0740
  64. Pito Restaurant, Providence –  (401) 941-4320
  65. Pito’s Restaurant II, Providence – (401) 351-7988
  66. Pizza J, Providence – take out
  67. Pizza Pie-er, Providence – take out
  68. Plant City, Providence you can order from their apps Apple & Androidtake out & delivery
  69. Providence Pizza Palace, Providence – (401) 415-8967
  70. Providence Bagel, Providence – take out
  71. Providence Coal Fired Pizza, Providence – take out or delivery
  72. Rebelle Artisan Bagels, Providence – take out
  73. Roma, Providence – 401-331-5000
  74. Rosmarin, Providence – 401-500-5189
  75. Rue Bis, Providence – 401-490-9966
  76. Salted Slate, Providence – take out
  77. Serendipity Gourmet, Providence – 401-270-2233 or delivery
  78. Schasteâ, Providence – take out
  79. Sicilia’s, Providence – 401-273-9222 or delivery
  80. Shake Shack, Providence – 401-214-1823
  81. The Shop, Providence – 401-684-1140
  82. Sin, Providence – 401-369-8427
  83. Spike’s Junkyard Dogs, Providence – take out or delivery
  84. Subway Waterman St., Providence – 401-490-8178
  85. Sydney, Providence – 401-648-4994 ex. 1
  86. Tavolo Wine Bar & Tuscan Grille, Providence – take out & delivery
  87. Trinity Brewhouse, Providence – take out
  88. Tommy’s Pizza, Providence – 401-351-4141 or 401-621-3509
  89. Tori Tomo, Providence – 401-409-2077
  90. Trattoria Zooma, Providence – 401-383-2002 or delivery
  91. Troop, Providence – take out or delivery
  92. Wes’s Rib House, Providence – 401-421-9090
  93. Umelt, Providence – take out or delivery
  94. Viva Mexico Cantina & Grill, Providence – 401-369-7974
  95. Wise Guys Deli & Pizza, Providence – 401-621-8111 or delivery
  96. Wok & Pot, Providence – take out & delivery
  97. Y Noodle & Bar, Providence – 401-661-9666
  98. Yang Restaurant, Providence – (401) 780-0777
  99. Yoleni’s, Providence – take out & delivery

We will update this page as information becomes available.


Important COVID-19 Resources for Providence Residents & Businesses

Meal Distribution Centers During School Closures Due to COVID-19

There are 13 sites across the city where children ages 18 and younger, can access several days worth of “Grab & Go” meals (breakfast and lunch). The locations will be open from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm on Tuesday and Thursday during the duration of the school closure.

Service lines will be located at the front entrance of each school. No families will be allowed in the buildings. Sodexo staff will hand each student pre-packaged meals. Please note that children do not need to be enrolled in the Providence Public School District to access this program. This is a change to what has been previously shared.

The 13 Sites Are:

  1. William D’Abate Elementary School School located at 60 Kossuth Street.
  2. Gilbert Stuart Middle School located at 188 Princeton Street.
  3. Providence Career and Technical Academy located at 41 Fricker Street.
  4. Mt. Pleasant High School located at 434 Mt. Pleasant Avenue.
  5. Reservoir Elementary School located at 156 Reservoir Avenue.
  6. E-Cubed Academy located at 812 Branch Avenue.
  7. Juanita Sanchez High School located at 182 Thurbers Avenue.
  8. Hope High School located at 324 Hope Street.
  9. DelSesto Middle School located at 152 Springfield Street.
  10. Vartan Gregorian Elementary School located at 455 Wickenden Street.
  11. Nathanael Greene Middle School located at 721 Chalkstone Avenue.
  12. Alan Shawn Feinstein Elementary School, 1450 Broad Street.
  13. Times2 Academy, 50 Filmore Street.

In addition, the City of Providence will be offering free, several days worth of packaged dinner meals at each of Providence’s eleven recreation centers. Meals can be picked up between 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays and are available for those 18 and under, but they must be personally present at the distribution site.

  1. Vincent Brown at 438 Hope Street.
  2. John H. Rollins at 674 Praire Avenue.
  3. Madeline Rogers at 60 Camden Avenue.
  4. Davey Lopes at 227 Dudley Street.
  5. Zuccolo at 18 Gesler Street.
  6. Armand E. Batastini Jr. at 50 Obediah Brown Road.
  7. Joslin at 17 Hyatt Street.
  8. Neutaconkanut at 675 Plainfield Street.
  9. West End at 109 Bucklin Street.
  10. Sackett at 159 Sackett Street.
  11. Kennedy at 195 Nelson Street.

Please note that all childcare centers have been ordered closed by Governor Raimondo effective Monday, March 16, 2020 for at least one week. This is a change from what was originally reported.

We will update as other sites are designated for this service.

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