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Friday, May 22, 2020

Governor Gina Raimondo just gave her Coronavirus Update with many updates for Phase 2 of reopening Rhode Island. Here are the key highlights that affect South County:

  • The 14 day mandatory self-quarantine for out-of-state visitors is in effect through JUNE 1st. 
  • Gatherings are still limited to 5 people maximum until JUNE 1st.
  • Only 2 beaches open on Monday, May 25 at limited capacity and with no lifeguards or facilities: Scarborough Beach and East Matunuck State Beach.



  • ALL state beaches will be open
  • Gatherings will be increased to 15 people maximum
  • 14 day quarantine for out of state visitors will be lifted (unless they are coming from a place that still has a stay at home order in effect)
  • Restaurants will open for indoor dining at 50% capacity
  • Hair salons, nail salons and other personal care businesses will be open with precautions
  • Gyms and fitness studios will be open

More details will be available next week on

Family on the beach

Monday, May 18, 2020 

BREAKING NEWS: Two state beaches will be open on Monday, May 25 (Memorial Day) with very limited parking and no lifeguards or facilities available. The two beaches that will be open are:

East Matunuck State Beach

Scarborough Beach

Check back on Thursday for further information.

Our state is in Phase One of re-opening. What does that mean? It means state parks are open to the public, some non-essential retailers are open, restaurants are open for drive-thru, takeout, delivery and/or curbside pick-up.

You can see the list of South County restaurants open for takeout, delivery or curbside pick-up here. As of May 18th, some restaurants are opening up for outdoor dining. Reservations and face coverings are required. Please call the restaurant you're interested in dining at to check if they are open and if they have reservations available.

Hotels are beginning to re-open with enhanced measures to ensure the safety of guests and staff. However, if you are an out-of-state visitor, the Governor has not yet lifted the mandatory 14-day quarantine upon entering our state. 

The Misquamicut Drive-In Theater is open on Fridays and Saturdays and and beginning in July, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. 

Social distancing is mandatory.

Face coverings when out in public are mandatory.

Groups can not exceed five people at any time. 

We are closely monitoring our Governor's updates and will be posting updates here as we learn of them. We look forward to welcoming visitors back shortly, though we all must be cautious and adhere to the guidelines provided by our Governor and the CDC. 

For more comprehensive information visit

South County Restaurants Open for Outdoor Dining

Find out which ones are open and contact them to make your reservations! Reservations are required at most restaurants to ensure social distancing guidelines are followed. Masks are required as well... Reserve Now!

South County Dining Delivery & Takeout

A comprehensive list of South County restaurants offering curbside pick-up and delivery. Read More