Rhode Island cracks down on visitors from New York

Governor Gina Raimondo recommends Rhode Islanders not plan or meet in large gatherings for two weeks, in a briefing in Providence March 11, 2020. File photo by Steve Klamkin WPRO News

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Gov. Gina Raimondo says the Rhode Island National Guard will go door to door in the coastal communities starting Saturday to ask people if they are visiting from New York and informing them of Rhode Island’s mandatory 14-day quarantine for people from there.

The Democrat says the measure is extreme but necessary because the New York City area is the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. and is needed to control its spread.

The order came on the same day state police started pulling over vehicles with New York license plates to inform them of the quarantine order.


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