Gov. Raimondo Asks Businesses to Close Break Rooms Due to COVID-19

Date: October 15, 2020

Uptick in virus cases led to decision

Governor Gina Raimondo ordered Rhode Island businesses to close break rooms for 90 days as a result of the pandemic. This does not apply to large cafeterias. She added that if a break room cannot be closed due to contractual reasons, she would soon provide guidance from the Department of Health for employers who are required by contract to maintain a break room. This would allow those employers to maintain a break area with modifications.

The Governor explained breakrooms had created issues because employees often take their mask off and spend time with coworkers in close proximity.

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