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Rhode Island residents will be happy to know that COVID-19 restrictions are loosening as more people are vaccinated. Fully vaccinated people are no longer required to wear masks outdoors, providing they stay at least three feet apart from others.

As of May 7th, businesses will be able to increase their indoor capacity to 80%. However, masks will still be required indoors.

By May 28th, most restrictions on businesses will be lifted, just in time for the Memorial Day weekend. Businesses will be able to operate at 100% capacity, with indoor masks still required. Masks must also be worn outdoors when there is less than 3 feet between others. Still, things are changing quickly and that is very encouraging.

Nonetheless, you have many other options available to you that don’t involve visiting a restaurant or store. Consider one of these for a safe, fun Memorial Day weekend.

Take a Moment to Remember

  • Monday May 31, 2021
  • 3:00 PM Local Time

Take a moment to acknowledge the sacrifices of service members on this day. Considering the state of the world and our pandemic losses, this moment will be more poignant than ever this year.

Attend a Parade

  • Monday May 31, 2021
  • 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

Due to easing restrictions, some parades are running again this year. One of the oldest parade celebrations in the country runs from Pawcatuck, Connecticut to Westerly, Rhode Island on Memorial Day.

This parade’s roots go back to the Civil War when Gen. Logan and was set aside to remember our fallen soldiers. Get out and cheer the participants on, and don’t forget your flags!

Fly a Flag

It’s simple a simple way to show your love for your country and appreciate the efforts of our military. Fly a flag at home, but do things right. Check the link for proper flag etiquette.

Make a Charitable Donation

The past year has been very tough for many. If you’re able, consider contributing to a veteran’s charity to help ease their struggles.

The link provides over eighty charitable organizations. Find what resonates with you and give a little bit.

Watch the National Memorial Day Concert

  • May 30, 2021
  • 8:00 PM EST

Presented by PBS, this extravaganza features a star-studded lineup honoring the military service and sacrifice of all our men and women in uniform, their families and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. You can also stream the event for up to two weeks after the event.

Tour the White House Virtually

You may not be able to visit in-person, but you can certainly visit virtually. This app provides 360-degree views of our country’s most prestigious building and you can download a 47-page guidebook too.

Have a Barbecue

Since restrictions have eased somewhat, you can certainly have a barbecue this Memorial Day. If you spread out a bit when outdoors, wear a mask indoors, and limit the number of attendees, you can still have a great time celebrating with your friends and family.

There’s no lack of recipe ideas for this annual favorite. Just check out the link and put together some of your family’s yummiest choices.

Ride Your Bike

May is National Bike Month, so give the bikes a good cleaning, grease the chains, and hit the trails. Rhode Island has an incredible selection of bike trails throughout the state. Just download the map, pick as trail, and enjoy!

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