NORTH SMITHFIELD – In effort to gain access to resources that will help the town to fight the potential spread of COVID 19, Town Administrator Gary Ezovski declared a state of emergency in North Smithfield on Sunday, March 15.
The executive order, which went into effect around 6 p.m. Sunday night, effectively revokes all entertainment licenses and special event permits for the next week, including permits for live music, nightclubs and concerts. Bars and restaurants within town borders may remain open, but occupancy is limited to 100 people. Non essential town meetings will be cancelled.
Town offices will remain open for the time being, but whenever possible, residents are asked to conduct business via phone or the internet.
“As required, additional changes in operating procedures and other measures may be taken to protect personnel from exposure to infection,” the declaration states.
The order activates the town’s disaster emergency plan, and is set to remain in effect through Sunday, March 22.
Chapter 5 in the town’s code of ordinances gives the administrator authority to declare a state of emergency “for the purpose of protecting life in the event of an epidemic.” Ezovski has stated that the move was intended to reinforce actions taken by Gov. Gina Raimondo and the Department of Health.
The full declaration can be found here.