STATE TAX NEWS
Rhode Island Division of Taxation announces changes to key tax deadlines for individuals and businesses: http://www.tax.ri.gov/Advisory/ADV_2020_21.pdf
RHODE ISLAND ANNOUCES PHASE 2 REOPENING PLANS
Governor Raimondo announced Phase 1 Executive Order has been extended through June 1st; all existing guidelines and restrictions will remain in place.
Phase 2 will be begin June 1st.
- Social gatherings limited to 15 people
- Domestic travel restrictions relaxed.
- 14-day quarantine remains only for those returning to RI from an area still under stay at home restrictions.
- Office-based businesses can allow up to 33% of their workforce to return, if viewed as necessary. Everyone who can work from home should continue working from home.
- State parks and beaches will be open with capacity limitations and social distancing restrictions.
- Houses of worship can reopen at up to 25% capacity with restrictions.
- Non-critical retailers can further relax restrictions to allow for more customers in their stores.
- Malls can reopen with restrictions.
- Restaurants will be allowed to begin indoor dining at up to 50% capacity and other restrictions.
- Haircare & personal services including barbershops, salons, braiders, nail care, waxing, tanning, massage, and tattoo services reopen with restrictions.
- Gyms, fitness studios, and small group fitness classes allowed to reopen with restrictions.
- Outdoor entertainment and recreation activities allowed to resume
- Governor Raimondo will host a live Memorial Day celebration at the Veterans Cemetery in Exeter, RI on Monday, May 25th.
- The Governor reminded everyone that with the Memorial Day weekend approaching to please be mindful there have been no changes to travel/quarantine policy or social gathering limit (5).
- COVID-19 Rhode Island Stats:
- Total number of cases: 13,736
- New cases: 170
- People hospitalized: 242
- Total Number of Deaths: 579
- Total number of tests: 127,139
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- Summer and Youth Summer Camps will be allowed to reopen with new restrictions and guidelines in place beginning June 29th; visit reopeningri.com for updated information.
- DLT announced a new email for employers: email@example.com. RISCPA will provide additional information as it becomes available.
- The state launched a new app, “CRUSH COVID RI”, available for download on Apple and Google Play stores. The state became one of the first to launch this type of tool and the Administration stressed downloading and utilizing the app is optional; 30,000 have downloaded the app.
- General Assembly sessions remain closed through May 22nd; House Finance Committee meetings continue on FY20 and FY21 budgets.
- Plans to reopen Child Care and Day Care Centers remain on track for June 1st. The Administration announced the 900 centers will be provided 50,000 surgical masks which will be distributed by SEIU.
- “Unemployment Insurance Tax” [Executive Order 20-19] has been extended through June 5th. Employers will not see increases for claims filed: https://governor.ri.gov/documents/orders/Executive-Order-20-19.pdf
- All firms must have State COVID-19 Control plan on site: https://www.reopeningri.com/resource_pdfs/COVID-19-Control_Plan_Fillable_Template-Final-5.13.20.pdf
- Two state beaches, East Matunuck State Beach and Scarborough State Beach, will reopen with limited parking and additional regulations on Memorial Day weekend. Concessions, facilities, restrooms will remain closed but there will be limited porta-johns on site. There will be no cost to access these beaches; all other beaches remain closed.
- Governor Raimondo announced in-person religious services advisors will resume May 30th. Restrictions on capacity and additional guidelines will be available at reopeningri.com.
- Organized youth sports games in Rhode Island remain on hold for now as the CDC has issued guidance advising cancellation of these events. Governor Raimondo said her administration will continue to review whether there is an opportunity hold any type of events this summer.
- Library buildings remain closed in Phase 1, many have been creative in areas like curbside pick-up or other innovative ideas. Starting in Phase 2, libraries will be able to offer new limited browsing and other in-library services may be available.
- Governor Raimondo joined governors of six states in the northeast to create joint recommendations on reopening each state economy resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The effort is being led by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and also includes Governor Charlie Baker (MA), Governor Phil Murphy (NJ), Ned Lamont (CT), Tom Wolf (PA), John Carney (DE).