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“You Are Welcome” Campaign Encourages Continuation of Connecticut-R.I. Commerce

  • Campaign encourages Connecticut and Rhode Island residents to continue visiting each others states despite new COVID-19 restriction regarding Rhode Island
  • Recent travel advisory adds Rhode Island to list of states whose residents and visitors must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Connecticut
  • Restriction does not apply to visits of less than 24 hours

Local business officials have launched a “You Are Welcome” campaign aimed at clarifying a recent travel advisory on visits between Connecticut and Rhode Island. Although Connecticut recently imposed a 14-day quarantine order on visitors from Rhode Island, the restriction does not apply to short-term visits.

The Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce in Westerly began the campaign to encourage Connecticut residents to continue visiting Rhode Island, and vice versa. The message is particularly applicable to southeastern Connecticut, as there are close ties between Pawcatuck and Westerly despite the state line that divides the communities.

Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York recently updated their travel advisories to include Rhode Island. Visitors from Rhode Island are required to quarantine for 14 days after arriving in one of the states, and the restriction also applies to residents of the state returning from Rhode Island.

However, the order does not apply to people who travel to Rhode Island for less than 24 hours. It also does not apply to Rhode Island residents who work in Connecticut.

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