Elorza shutters Providence gyms, salons; bans gatherings of 10+


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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza issued a new coronavirus directive on Friday, ordering all fitness centers, spas, hair or beauty salons, massage parlors, tattoo parlors and flea markets to close by 5 p.m on Saturday.

His new executive order also bans all gatherings of ten people or more in the city. His previous order had limited gatherings to 25 people.

Elorza had already banned dine-in services in Providence and shut down the Providence Place Mall in previous executive orders. He also pulled all entertainment licenses.

Restaurants can still offer take-out, delivery and drive-through services.

Eight businesses — ranging from a strip club to a bakery to restaurants and bars — have been shut down in Providence so far for allegedly violating the orders.

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