RI - Block Islanders ordered to shelter in place

The town of New Shoreham has issued a shelter-in-place order for all of Block Island in response to the coronavirus, according to the tourism council.

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The emergency ordinance was adopted Monday night.

"At this time Block Island is actively discouraging visitors and second homeowners from the island. Anyone who is on Island currently or is making the crossing to Block Island must adhere by the Shelter-in-Place ordinance," a statement from the Block Island Tourism Council said.

The town is concerned about limited medical resources, equipment and personnel on the island.

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