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RICK SIMONE, founder of the Ocean State Coalition and executive director of the Federal Hill Commerce Association, said some restaurants saw a 45% increase in reservations after the state on Feb. 9 announced that it would lift its statewide mask mandate on Feb. 11. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

With mask mandate lifted, business advocates say consumer confidence has returned

PROVIDENCE – It did not take too long for small businesses to see consumer confidence return after Rhode Island’s statewide mask mandate for businesses...
NO FINES OR CITATIONS were issued under Rhode Island's mandate requiring proof of vaccination or indoor masking that was first announced by Gov. Daniel J. McKee on Dec. 15. / AP FILE PHOTO/DAVID J. PHILLIP

No citations issued under McKee masking, proof-of-vax mandate

PROVIDENCE – While an executive order signed by Gov. Daniel J. McKee in December empowered a task force to issue $500 fines against violators...

R.I.’s ban on happy hours questioned

After nearly three decades devoid of after-work drink specials, a push to legalize happy hour in Rhode Island is brewing again. Rep. Karen Alzate, D-Pawtucket,...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO announced Wednesday that starting Friday, bars at restaurants must shut down by 11 p.m. / COURTESY CAPITOL TV

Roughly 90 R.I. restaurants/bars showed some noncompliance; Simone concerned about curfew

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island will implement its 11 p.m. shutdown for bars Friday, after Gov. Gina M. Raimondo said during her weekly COVID-19 press...
Rick Simone / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Five Questions with: Rick Simone

Rick Simone | Founder, Ocean State Coalition; executive director, Federal Hill Commerce Association 1. What exactly is the Ocean State Coalition and how and why...
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