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Smithfield COVID-19 Response Update – June 8, 2020

Dear Residents, Businesses, and Community Partners:

Rhode Island has continued to make progress in flattening the COVID-19 curve. However, we unfortunately continue to lose loved-ones to this virus. We extend our heartfelt condolences to their families and friends.

Phase 2 of the re-opening of the economy has allowed many of our small businesses to re-open.  We appreciate the efforts of local businesses to understand and implement the new regulations to keep us all safe. We also appreciate residents and visitors following state guidelines and the new processes established at businesses, parks, beaches and other locations. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

While our economy is slowly re-opening, it is still critically important that we continue to keep our groups small, wear face coverings, avoid large crowds, and constantly wash our hands. Please familiarize yourself with the re-opening guidelines: Re-Opening RI.

At the same time, our country is also battling another enemy; racism and injustice. Our hearts have been broken and filled with anger and rage. Our country is facing another defining moment. We must rise to the occasion to repair and rebuild a society that guarantees freedom, justice and opportunity for all Americans. We must, and will, do better.

Shop, Eat Local

Small businesses are the backbone of our community. The Town encourages those that can to shop local. Stop by a local store rather than ordering online; make a reservation to dine at one of our local restaurants, or order takeout to enjoy at home. Local businesses have worked hard to implement statewide re-opening guidelines.  Here at Town Hall, we are working hard as well to make sure that we are providing support for our local businesses. If you are a local business that has questions or needs assistance, please call (401) 233-1010. 

Statewide Guidance:

As a reminder, all residents and visitors must adhere to the following:

  • Anyone who is sick should stay home and self-isolate.
  • When people are in public, they should wear a cloth face covering.
    • A cloth face covering is a material that covers the nose and mouth. It could be sewn by hand or improvised from household items such as scarves, T-shirts, or bandanas.
  • Groups of no more than 15 people.
    • Always avoid close personal contact with other people in public.
  • 14-day quarantine for international and domestic air travel or those traveling from states with stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders
  • Download the Crush COVID-19 app, or keep a personal log of the people you have come in contact with every day.
    • This will assist the Dept. of Health to trace your contacts in the event that you contract COVID-19.

Local Updates:

As a reminder, our Town staff are also here to help. The Smithfield Town Hall and all other municipal buildings are closed to public traffic until further notice.  All departments are currently operating and all staff will be available by phone, email, or drop box located in the front of Town Hall.

Due to the current situation and the size of our beach facilities, we will not be able to open the Town beaches this year.  The boat launch at Georgiaville Beach will be open and stickers will not be required for parking or launching. 

At the current time, we have delayed the submission and release of the Fiscal Year 2021 Budget in order to further develop a lean budget and obtain necessary revenue information.  Additionally, the Public Hearing on the budget and the Financial Town Meeting have been postponed at this time and we will provide an update when more information is available.  First and foremost, we are committed to lessening the burden on our residents and local businesses. This will be a very difficult budget year and we will have to get creative to continue to provide top-notch services to our residents. We are also closely tracking the state budget process and federal stimulus which will affect us locally. 

We expect that our Financial Town Meeting will look different this year in light of COVID-19 and restrictions on gatherings. For the past few months, we have been working with other communities, the League of Cities and Towns, and the Governor’s Office to determine the best way to proceed while balancing the need for transparency and local decision making with the health and safety of our residents.  As we receive additional guidance and a plan is approved, we will provide further updates.   

Important Information: 

If you are feeling sick and exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, visit the Department of Health’s self-checker and schedule a test:

  • Call your healthcare provider (if you have one) to get an order for a COVID-19 test at one of the drive-up testing sites.

Or

  • Call a Respiratory Clinic View. View all locations here.

Or

  • Go to the CVS website to be pre-screened for testing and to get an appointment (adult 18+ only). 

COVID-19 has affected all corners of our community in some way. There is assistance available for families, mental health needs, those unemployed, and businesses. 

General Information:

  • Re-Opening Rhode Island’s Economy: For information on the current phase of re-opening, guidance and support, visit: Re-Opening RI
  • COVID Guidance in Multiple Languages: For guidance documents and support in multiple languages, please visit RIDOH.
  • CRUSH COVID RI Mobile App: All Rhode Islanders are encouraged to use CRUSH COVID RI, a pandemic response mobile app that’s available on smartphones. The app provides Rhode Islanders easy access to all the resources required during the public health crisis, including a location diary that helps users identify the people and places they are in contact with and a symptom checking survey. Download the CRUSH COVID RI app now in the Apple App Store and Google Play to step up and help RI #CrushCovidRI.
  • COVID-19 Governor’s Daily Update: Sign-up
  • RI Department of Health COVID-19 Data: Visit RIDOH.
  • Behavioral Health Resources
    • Adults seeking mental or behavioral health support should call BH Link at 414-LINK (5465). For services for children, call (855) 543-5465.
    • People with moderate to severe opioid use disorder (OUD) can access telehealth service for initiation of buprenorphine treatment at (401) 606-5456.
  • Business Support
    • Reopening the Economy: For constituents seeking assistance with the reopening of the economy, guidance documents for childcare, faith-based organization, retail, restaurants, and transit can be found on Re-Opening RI
    • COVID-19 Control Plan: Must be completed and kept on-hand. Template available at Re-Opening RI – Resources.
    • Department of Business Regulations COVID-19 guidance documents and business assistance can be found on RI Dept. of Business Regulations. COVID-19 questions or complaints can be asked at DBR RI – Critical.
    • Business Assistance: For business economic support, constituents should visit www.commerceri.com, call Commerce RI at (401) 521-4357 (HELP), or email them at info@commerceri.com.
    • Financial Support: For questions or assistance for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loans dispersed by the Small Business Administration, please email ppp@commerceri.com.
    • Tech Help: If a business needs help getting online, creating a website, moving to online marketing or ordering, or accessing laptops, they can access free tech help through RI Commerce. Visit Commerce RI Business Resources
    • PPE for Small Businesses: Small businesses with fewer than 50 employees can access a month’s worth of face masks and disinfectant solution from local chambers of commerce and business associations free of charge. Visit Commerce RI.
  • Child and Family Assistance
    • American Red Cross: Established the Virtual Family Assistance Center to support those that lost loved ones. Visit Red Cross.org or call (833) 492-0094.
    • Family Care Community Partnerships (FCCPs): The RI Department of Children, Youth and Families’ recognizes that all families struggle and need supports they can turn to from time to time, including basic needs, bridging family rifts, and increasing the overall well-being of families. FCCP agencies bring community-based services to children and families to build a stronger, brighter futures. For more information, or to contact your local FCCP, please visit DCYF RI 
  • Employment Support
  • Unemployment Insurance: Constituents seeking assistance with filing a COVID-19 unemployment claim should first visit RIDLT for information, applications, and factsheets. Contact the Department of Labor and Training Monday-Friday at (401) 234-4280 or covid19@dlt.ri.gov.
  • Employment: Jobseekers should visit EmployRI to find jobs as well as other important resources including information on unemployment insurance, résumé tips, and other COVID-19 updates.
  • Food and Medication Delivery Services
  • RI Delivers: Through the Office of Healthy Aging, RI Delivers connects those in quarantine or isolation with access to food and medication delivery services. To contact call 2-1-1 or the Point at (401) 462-4444. Visit RI Delivers.
  • RI Thrives is available for deliveries of groceries, medication, and health, beauty & medical supplies. For more information go to: RI Thrives.
  • Housing Assistance and Information
  • Renters and Homeowners: For constituents seeking housing-related information and resources, visit: RI Housing
  • Housing Help RI: The statewide homelessness prevention initiative provides emergency housing assistance to very low-income renters who have been severely affected by the COVID-19 emergency and are at immediate risk of homelessness. Visit: HousingHelpRI
  • 20 local financial institutions have agreed to the following:
    • 90-day grace period on mortgage payments. 60-day moratorium on foreclosures and evictions.
    • List of financial institutions available at RI Dept. of Business Regulations. 

Violence Prevention Support

  • Safe at Home: The Rhode Island State Police launched Safe at Home to raise awareness of the threat of increased violence during the COVID-19 pandemic. Safe at Home is focused on connecting with those who may be facing violence at home and providing all Rhode Islanders with resources to identify and help those at-risk.
  • Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence and member agencies are open, as are domestic violence shelters. Those seeking help can call (800) 494-8100.

Additional Resources and Support

  • For more resources and support, please visit Health RI.
  • 2020 Census: Please take a few minutes to complete the 2020 Census at gov.
  • Distance learning support for families, visit the Highlander Institute
  • RI Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing – The Commission now has a website dedicated to COVID-19, with specific information that is critically important to members of the community with hearing loss. The site has videos presented in American Sign Language Visit
  • Student Loans support:
  • Rooms for first responders and healthcare workers: available at reduced costs for quarantined/ isolation at RI Havens.
  • For additional resources please visit: https://www.smithfieldri.com/emergency/. 

Questions About COVID-19:

Please visit the R.I. Department of Health website for factual up-to-date information or call 401-222-8022. In addition, the United Way is available 24-7 to answer questions and connect residents with resources through their 211 hotline.

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation during this unprecedented time.

Sincerely,

Randy R. Rossi
Town Manager

Town Manager Accepting Applications for the 2020-2021 Smithfield Youth Council

The Town Manager is now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 Smithfield Youth Council.

The primary function of the Youth Council is to serve as a communications link between young residents of the Town and Town Government.

Smithfield Youth Council Application (.pdf) Smithfield Youth Council Ordinance (.pdf)

Town Manager Signs Executive Order Expanding Outdoor Dining

Restaurateurs: On Wednesday, May 13th, the Town Manager signed Smithfield Executive Order 2020-02 expanding outdoor dining and developing the necessary procedures for a streamlined approval process. Please complete the online application here.

From Town Manager Randy R. Rossi: 
“Today, I have signed Executive Order 2020-02 to expand outdoor dining to accommodate the outdoor dining option for restaurants which is set to begin on Monday, May 18th. The Town is reaching out to all restaurants to provide the necessary guidance and a streamlined process.”
 
Helpful Documents (.pdf)


Submission Requirements

All Applicants must submit the following to rrossi@smithfieldri.com :

  1. A plan showing:
    1. The proposed outdoor service area;
    2. The proposed number of seats (capacity may not exceed the current licensed capacity);
    3. The location of physical barriers or other protection to keep diners separated from other trafficked areas; and,
    4. For restaurants wishing to temporarily convert a portion of off-street parking areas into service areas, a parking plan;
  2. Evidence that the expanded service area is covered by liability insurance;
  3. Where any portion of the proposed area of temporary expansion is owned by a separate legal entity, a written authorization from the property owner; and
  4. All temporary expansions of service areas shall make adequate provisions for parking and the physical safety of diners, and shall be operated in compliance with current:
    1. Social distancing or other applicable regulations issued by RIDOH and/or RIDBR;
    2. All applicable fire codes and provisions of the Life Safety Code;
    3. Applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act; and,
    4. Shall maintain a setback of at least ten feet (10’) from the front side and rear property lines of the licensed premises, and shall maintain a setback of at least twenty feet (20’) from any property line abutting a residential use.
  5. The hours of operation of any temporary outdoor service area approved hereunder shall be limited to 7:00 am to 10:00 pm.
 
 

Contactless Materials Pick Up at the East Smithfield Public Library

The East Smithfield Public Library, although still closed to the public, will offer contactless materials pick up for all on Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting May 12th. We ask that you call the library, with your library card barcode number ready, on Tuesday mornings between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. or on Thursday afternoon between 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.to request up to 7 items for your family. We will only be able to supply materials that are currently on our shelves.

You will be given a pick up time to collect your bag of materials just inside the library’s front door. Please follow the instructions on our website for contactless pick up and wait your turn to enter the building to retrieve your materials. We will do our best to make this run smoothly. Please visit our website (www.myespl.org) for more specific directions and feel free to voice any questions or concerns when you call (401-231-5150 Ex 0) on Tuesday or Thursday. Enjoy your materials and we look forward to seeing you all when it is safe.

Guidance for the Wearing of Cloth Face Coverings at Work

Governor Raimondo’s Executive Order 20-14 prohibited all gatherings of more than 5 people and all non-critical, retail businesses from conducting in-person operations. However, critical businesses remain open and some of their employees must be physically present at the work site, requiring further measures to keep those employees, and their customers/clients safe.

Click the document image below for the full .pdf:

Get a Birthday Salute from the Smithfield Fire and Police Departments

WE ARE HERE, AND WE CARE!

We know things are tough right now but we still want to celebrate the day you were born! We would like to send a fire truck, rescue, and police cruiser to you on your special day to wish you a Happy Birthday. Of course, we will be using our social distancing procedures!

Submit address and contact information and we will drive to your home, turn on our lights and sirens, and give you Happy, Happy Birthday wishes!

Email jpotenza@smithfieldfire.com or log onto www.Smithfieldfire.com and go under Fire Prevention.

All ages are welcome!!!!

Smithfield Fire Department Supports Local Business

Smithfield Fire Department Supports Local Business

The Coronavirus has impacted us all throughout the community. The men and women of the Smithfield Fire Department would like your help to do what we can to help the local business community that has been impacted. We are requesting everyone who is able to do so, following all current rules and guidelines, to make purchases from Smithfield businesses. All online, delivery or pickup orders of takeout or gift cards from restaurants, purchases from grocery, hardware, and liquor stores, or any other type of business located in Smithfield are eligible. Take a picture of your receipt and email it to SFDSLB@gmail.com or message “Smithfield Firefighters IAFF Local 2050” on Facebook or “sfdlocal2050” on Instagram. One raffle ticket will be allotted for each purchase and on June 1st, 20 winners will be drawn for the following prizes:
• Pizza party in the firehouse with pizza purchased from a local business!
• A ride to school in a fire truck!
• Gift cards purchased from local businesses!
• Gift basket with t-shirts and other goodies!
• And many more…

Email or send via social media your proof of purchase dated April 8, 2020 – May 31, 2020. All entries must be received by May 31, 2020.

“Smithfield Fire Department Supports Local Business”
SFDSLB@gmail.com

Smithfield COVID-19 Support Fund

The Town of Smithfield has partnered up with John J. Tassoni, Jr. to create a COVID-19 Support Fund to help Smithfield residents who might need assistance.

Smithfield COVID-19 Support Fund

All Basketball Courts Remain Closed

Updated on June 25, 2020: Basketball Courts remain closed, Playgrounds are open. The situation is continually evaluated.

 

The Smithfield Town Council Announces the Smithfield Samaritans Initiative

The Smithfield Town Council has a new initiative program called “Smithfield Samaritans,” and encourages anyone in the community to self-nominate or submit a name to the Town Manager, of a Smithfield resident or business in town who is doing or has performed an act of kindness or a good deed that is notable or charitable.

The Town Council will review all nominations that are submitted and will each month select one individual or business to be recognized with a citation and the opportunity to speak at the council meeting explaining their good deeds “on the record.”

The nomination form is available online here as well as printed copies available in town hall.

 

Click the image to print, view or download the .pdf form