14 April 2020 – Governor orders face marks to be used by all employees

Type of Intervention: Executive Order, Regulation
Sectors Involved: Supply Chains
Intervention Categories: Individual measures; Legal and policy; Regulatory change
Level of Jurisdiction: Rhode Island
Lead People/Agency: Governor Raimondo

Overview: Effective April 18, all employees of Rhode Island’s customer/client-facing businesses and nonprofit organizations, office-based businesses and nonprofit organizations, and any other such business category as determined by the Department of Business Regulation (DBR) that are still in operation shall wear cloth face coverings unless an employee can easily, continuously, and measurably maintain at least six 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. (Note that even if the employee has a separate office, they must wear face coverings in any entry, exit, and common areas of the business, including, but not limited to: check-in, registration, reception, hallways, bathrooms, time-clock areas, elevators, stairways, etc.) The order does not prevent employees from fashioning their own cloth face masks. All customer-facing businesses also must take steps to require customers to wear face coverings, including the posting of such requirement at the entrance of the business.
Full details here: https://governor.ri.gov/documents/orders/Executive-Order-20-24.pdf

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Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group, Advice of EXTERNAL expert advisor or advisory committee, Learning from other jurisdictions
Source of Evidence or Justification: National – government
Evidence/Justification: Based on CDC advisory and guidance