On April 14, 2020, Governor Raimondo issued the Twenty-First Supplemental Emergency Declaration — Requiring Cloth Face Masks At Work. The Order is effective Saturday, April 18 and continues through May 18, 2020.
Cloth face coverings are required for any Rhode Island employee working at a customer/client-facing business, non-profit organization, office-based businesses, and any other such business category as determined by the Department of Business Regulation (DBR) that is still in operation. Previously, on March 22, 2020, the Governor ordered all Rhode Island employees that can work from home to work from home.
Cloth face coverings are not required if an employee can “easily, continuously, and measurably maintain at least six (6) feet of distance from other employees for the duration of his or her work (e.g. solo office) or unless doing so would damage the employee’s health. Thus, if an employee has a dedicated office with the doorway six feet away, a face covering would not be required while