Dear Sports Community,
June 1st, 2021, Governor Dan McKee and the Rhode Island Department of Health announced that, starting June 2, vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals will no longer be required to wear masks outdoors in Rhode Island. However, unvaccinated individuals are still strongly encouraged to wear masks in crowded outdoor settings or during activities that involve sustained close contact (less than 6 feet apart for more than 15 minutes over a 24-hour period) with other people who are not fully vaccinated.
The removal of this outdoor masking requirement applies to all ages and settings, including outdoor live performances, youth sports and summer camps. Similar to the Governor’s May 21 reopening changes, a host establishment or organization may ask customers or participants to wear masks at their discretion. Per the CDC’s most recent guidance regarding outdoor masking for summer camps, it also strongly recommended that unvaccinated individuals wear masks in areas of “substantial” or “high” transmission. The current rate of COVID-19 transmission in Rhode Island considered moderate.
There are no changes to the indoor masking guidance. People who are yet to be fully vaccinated should continue to wear a mask indoors in accordance with current executive orders.
Cynthia A. Elder
Chief, Business Development Office
RI DEM, Division of Parks and Recreation