Providence, RI (STL.News) Governor Dan McKee and the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) are announcing that Rhode Island’s masking and social distancing requirements will be updated on Tuesday, May 18th to align with the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They also announced that Rhode Island will be moving up its reopening timeline from May 28th to May 21st.
On Thursday, the CDC announced that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where they are still required to do so by state officials, local officials, workplaces, or businesses. People are fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two weeks after receiving a single dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
“I am proud that we have made enough progress vaccinating Rhode Islanders that we can safely move forward with aligning with CDC mask wearing and social distancing updates,” said Governor Dan McKee. “More than anything, I see this shift as a strong call to get vaccinated. It is only safe to unmask if you are fully vaccinated. We’ve made vaccinations available across the state.