Are we ready? Raimondo moves ahead with reopening R.I.

PLAYING IT SAFE: As hurt as his two Providence restaurants have been by the coronavirus panademic, James Mark says he won’t open his restaurants for dine-in service until there’s a vaccine, treatment or widespread testing. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
PLAYING IT SAFE: As hurt as his two Providence restaurants have been by the coronavirus panademic, James Mark says he won’t open his restaurants for dine-in service until there’s a vaccine, treatment or widespread testing. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
Mounting case counts, hospitalizations and deaths. Soaring unemployment claims and nose-diving tax revenue. Mysteriously high infection rates among Latinos. No matter what part of the human toll and economic destruction wrought by COVID-19 in Rhode Island you focus on, the numbers have been staggering. After a monthlong stretch of steady increases in many metrics, however,…

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  1. The question is – would businesses enjoy opening to get their part of the economy going, and pay people to run the place, as no one comes in? It’s way too early to open anything. At least another 30 days. Completely disagree with opening as people are still consistently getting sick and dying.