• New restrictions were put in place on December 21. Indoor dining at restaurants can resume operating at 50 percent capacity (up from 33%), but bar areas must remain closed. Members of a single household can be seated at indoor tables; if seated outdoors, members of two households is allowed.
  • A “Rhode Island on Pause” initiative began on November 30 and lasts through at least December 30. Under these restrictions, bars and many other public settings are to be closed, while indoor dining will be reduced to 33% capacity with one household allowed per table.
  • Outdoor dining is still encouraged as long as the restaurant does not serve more than its normal operating capacity and physical distancing can be maintained. Additionally, if an establishment has established extra outdoor dining capacity in Phase I or Phase II, that additional outdoor capacity may remain in Phase III if in accordance with the municipality’s approval processes.
  • Self-service seating (e.g. in a fast food restaurant) is prohibited.
  • Mingling or congregating of customers is prohibited. Establishments should take measures to prevent mingling and congregating of customers—especially at bars and in waiting areas, including outdoor bars and waiting areas.
  • Tables must be eight feet apart and six feet away from highly trafficked areas.