Proof of Vaccination or Regular Testing Required
Today, Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner announced that beginning next week all staff in the Office of the General Treasurer will be required to provide proof of vaccination or proof of negative COVID-19 test result once per week, mirroring President Biden's plan for federal employees and precautions taken in California, Hawaii, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Virginia, Washington, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.
"We must listen to the experts and act quickly to protect Rhode Islanders from COVID-19 as the Delta variant continues to spread throughout the state," said Treasurer Seth Magaziner. "We need real leadership now to prevent further spread- I call on my colleagues in government to join me in implementing these safe and simple guidelines."
This comes after guidance was issued last week by Treasurer Magaziner requiring staff to wear masks indoors in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and given Rhode Island's then status as an area with substantial spread of the COVID-19 virus. Rhode Island has since moved into the "high" category of COVID-19 community transmission, the highest tier of the CDC's indicator.
The Office of the General Treasurer remains fully operational in service to the people of Rhode Island. This policy is being implemented to help ensure that the staff and members of the public are kept safe in all three office locations.