Are you more comfortable dining out, shopping or attending events now that a statewide mask mandate for businesses has been lifted?

Rick Simone founded EGN LLC, a consulting firm for marketing, public relations and event production, in 2012. He’s served as executive director of the Federal Hill Commerce Association since 2015. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM
RICK SIMONE, executive director of the Federal Hill Commerce Association, says reservations are up at many restaurants since a statewide mask or proof-of-vaccination mandate ended on Feb. 11. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM
Crowds have swelled in the capital city since Rhode Island’s statewide mask mandate for businesses expired Feb. 11. But is it a coincidence or due to the end of the mask or proof-of-vaccination mandate? Rick Simone, founder of the Ocean State Coalition and executive director of the Federal Hill Commerce Association, told PBN some restaurants…

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