Governor: No plans to ease restrictions anytime soon

Gov. Gina Raimondo appears at the State House June 5, 2020. File photo by Steve Klamkin WPRO News

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Gov. Gina Raimondo does not anticipate relaxing any of the Rhode Island’s coronavirus restrictions until a vaccine becomes available.

The state has been in phase 3 of its economic recovery plane since June, and will likely stay there for several more months, the Democratic governor told WPRI-TV on Thursday.

“As much as I would love to relax these regulations, I am confident that’s not the right thing to do,” she said. “We have to stay where we are in phase 3 and just hold on for a few more months until we have a vaccine.”

She also expressed concern about a rising number of confirmed coronavirus cases and a rising number of virus-related hospitalizations, even though the state’s positivity rate remains lower than 2%.


In other news, Raimondo said the plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was “terrible,” but said she herself feels safe.


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