Council extends emergency ordinance to May 8

Shelter-in-place for non-essential workers
Mon, 04/13/2020 - 3:30pm
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UPDATE: Town Council took a step closer in allowing some islanders return to work, starting Monday, April 20. However, the Town Council will meet on Wednesday, April 15 at 9 a.m. to finalize the emergency ordinance.

The New Shoreham Town Council today voted to extend to May 8 the provisions of the emergency ordinance that first went into effect on March 24. Town Councilor Sven Risom made a motion to extend the town's emergency ordinance to that date, which now matches the date first proposed for the entire state by Gov. Gina Raimondo. The motion was seconded by Martha Ball and the vote to extend was unanimous.

The council also limited the number of people in a gathering to five or fewer, outside of family members. This also matches the state mandate and was voted in unanimously by the council.

The council is meeting in emergency session today, Monday, April 13.

The council was also expected to add to the list of categories of essential workers that would allow additional island residents to earn a living during the shelter-in place order.

This is a developing story.