Phase three will begin Tuesday with some revisions to the state’s original re-opening plan. The guidelines will expand indoor capacities in businesses, places of worship, and entertainment venues to 66 percent or 1 person per 100 square feet. Bowling alleys, movie theaters, concert venues, and museums can make a safe return at limited capacity. Social groups can gather in crowds of up to 25 indoors and 50 outdoors. Weddings with licensed catering can host up to 50 people indoors and double that outdoors. 

The state easily passed the health benchmarks necessary to begin phase three, but Raimondo says the decision was difficult. “On the one hand I have businesses that say if they can’t do more business in the next month or so aren't going to survive. On the other hand we have a virus that is surging in many states and two, three weeks does make a difference,” Raimondo said.

Cases among 20 to 29-year-olds in Rhode Island are up by 60 to 70 percent. “You guys aren’t following the rules. We need you to do better,” Governor Raimondo said. “You will contribute to an outbreak in your community or place of work, and many people older than you will get sicker than you.” 

Fourth of July celebrations will also present challenges for the state. Growing concerns over large gatherings prompted Raimondo to restrict the original unlimited capacity on public gatherings to 250 people at most. “Smaller is safer,” she said. 

The state will meet with municipal officials and police Monday afternoon to discuss plans for a safe Fourth of July, including monitoring crowd capacity and providing masks to those in need. 

Raimondo also announced that beginning tomorrow travelers arriving in Rhode Island from states with coronavirus positivity rates of 5 perce or higher will need to quarantine for 14 days. Those who test negative within 72 hours of arrival will not have to quarantine. As of today, 23 states are considered higher-risk. Raimondo says a webpage listing the higher-risk states will go live tomorrow and will be updated weekly.