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Three Rhode Island communities with sizable populations of out-of-state seasonal residents on Tuesday asked those visitors to self-quarantine for 14 days over concerns of spreading the coronavirus.
The directives from Westerly, Newport and Narragansett officials followed an executive order by Gov. Gina Raimondo that any domestic passengers landing in state airports must self-quarantine for two weeks to help prevent the spread of the respiratory illness COVID-19.
In a joint statement, Westerly Town Manager J. Mark Rooney and Police Chief Shawn Lacey said they need the cooperation of all residents “to help keep our community healthy and safe.”
Similarly, Newport officials announced on Facebook that “homeowners and seasonal residents traveling from New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and Massachusetts are particularly urged to stay inside. Any other travelers visiting from locations with confirmed cases of COVID-19, or who may have come in contact with anyone exhibiting flu-like symptoms, are also asked to practice social distancing and self-quarantine.”
James R. Tierney, town manager of Narragansett, notified residents and part-time residents that they should self-quarantine for 14 days after returning to or departing from Narragansett.
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