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Warwick Closing City Buildings Till March 27

[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] The Warwick Police Headquarters Lobby is closed to the public except for emergencies.

[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] The Warwick Police Headquarters Lobby is closed to the public except for emergencies.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] The Warwick Police Headquarters Lobby is closed to the public except for emergencies.
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WARWICK, RI — Mayor Joseph J. Solomon is closing all City buildings to the public, effective Monday, March 23,  to limit spread of the COVID-19 virus, until at least March 27.

 “As we have watched the COVID-19 virus spread around the world, it has been clear that the key element in preventing more cases is containment,” said Mayor Solomon. “The best way to stop COVID-19 in its tracks is to just shut things down. This is an aggressive step, but I cannot allow our employees or the public to be exposed to any unnecessary risks. My number one priority is ensuring that everyone in Warwick is safe.”

Warwick City Hall City and all public buildings will be closed to the public until at least Friday, March 27, 2020, at which time Mayor Solomon will evaluate the situation and determine next steps. The City will continue to provide essential services, including public safety, sanitation including trash and recycling, wastewater treatment, and critical City functions.

 Under a state of emergency issued by Mayor Solomon on Friday, March 13, all municipal board and commission meetings, including the City Council, Zoning and Planning Boards, and Municipal and Probate Courts were cancelled until further notice.

Warwick departments that remain operational:

  • All public safety departments, including PoliceFire, Emergency Medical Services, and the Emergency Management Agency, are fully operational. However, the lobby of the Warwick Police Department at 99 Veterans Memorial Drive is closed to the public except for emergencies. Online reporting and records are available at their website, www.warwickpd.org.
  • The Department of Public Works will continue to collect curbside trash and recycling on its regular schedule; other requests will be handled on a case by case basis.
  • The City Clerk’s Office, which includes Recorder of Deeds and Vital Statistics, will remain open, but with limited hours and by appointment only. Please call 401- 738-2006 with questions or to request an appointment. The City Clerk’s Office will be open Tuesday and Thursday only from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and will be taking appointments for land evidence recordings; payment for traffic violations; and birth, death and marriage certificates.
  • City parks remain open, but Mayor Solomon has urged residents and vistors to heed social distancing guidelines.
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Solomon said the rapidly changing situation makes information on the city’s response to the public health emergency subject to change. As the State’s recommendations regarding COVID-19 evolve, Solomon said he will continue to evaluate the City’s needs and priorities accordingly.

Residents are encouraged to visit warwickri.govFacebook, and Twitter for updates.

Rob Borkowski
Author: Rob Borkowski

Rob has worked as reporter and editor for several publications, including The Kent County Daily Times and Coventry Courier, before working for Gatehouse in MA then moving home with Patch Media. Now he's publisher and editor of WarwickPost.com. Contact him at editor@warwickpost.com with tips, press releases, advertising inquiries, and concerns.