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Elorza declares state of emergency in Providence, pulls entertainment licenses

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(KW) THOUGH GOVERNOR RAIMONDO HAS PUT RHODE ISLAND IN A STATE OF EMERGENCYINDIVIDUAL CITIES HAVE ESTABLISHED THEIR OWN EMERGENCY DECLARATIONS

(PL) ALEXANDRA LESLIE CONTINUES OUR TEAM COVERAGE LIVE IN STUDIO (AL) PROVIDENCE MAYOR JORGE ELORZA SAYS HE'S COUNTING ON EVERY MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY TO DO THEIR PART TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE FROM THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS YESTERDAY, THE CITY'S EMERGENCY ADVISORY BOARD WAS ACTIVATED HE SAID WITH GUIDANCE FROM PUBLIC SAFETY AND HEALTH OFFICIALS, HE DECIDED TO DECLARE A STATE OF EMERGENCY IN PROVIDENCE "We only get one chance to do this right, and slow the spread of the virus, and that's why I am declaring a state of emergency

" ELORZA SAID THERE ARE PARTICULAR RISKS THE CITY HAD TO BE WARY OF– AS PROVIDENCE IS THE LARGEST CITY, WITH MANY HOSPITALS, BUSINESSES, BARS AND RESTAURANTS UNDER THE CITY'S EMERGENCY POWERS, ELORZA SAID THIS WILL LIMIT LARGE GATHERINGS AS OF YESTERDAY– THE CITY STOPPED ISSUING PERMITS OR LICENSES FOR EVENTS ENTERTAINMENT LICENSES WERE *TEMPORARILY* REVOKED AND ELORZA SAID NO NEW ONES WOULD BE ISSUED HE ALSO SAID RESTAURANTS AND BARS WOULD BE RESTRICTED FROM SERVING OR GATHERING MORE THAN 100 PEOPLE AT A TIME THE PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL HILL COMMERCE ASSOCIATION SAYS THIS CAME AS A SURPRISE SINCE THE GOVERNOR'S GUIDANCE LIMITED GATHERINGS TO 250 "For this to have happened when they've got reservations coming up for the weekend, and such, it's challenging How are they gonna accomodate? What are they gonna do? What does this do to their staff? What does this do to their staff's family? What does this do to the owners? It's a lot of things to consider in a really short amount of time, and it's in no way downplaying the seriousness of this virus" (AL) THE MAYOR ALSO CANCELED ALL NON- ESSENTIAL PUBLIC MEETINGS, BUT SAID *ESSENTIAL MEETINGS WILL STILL HAPPEN UNDER SOCIAL DISTANCING AND PUBLIC HEALTH GUIDELINES LIVE IN STUDIO, ALEXANDRA

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