General Federal/State Information


Non-essential Businesses ordered to close in CT & MA:

  • Massachusetts: Gov. Charlie Baker has ordered all businesses and organizations that are not providing essential services to close, effective Tuesday March 24th at noon. Baker said the order will run until April 7.
  • Connecticut: Governor Lamont has signed an executive order directing all non-essential businesses and not-for-profit entities in Connecticut to prohibit all in-person functions, effective Monday, March 23, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.
  • For the latest information about COVID-19, please visit the official page of the Rhode Island Department of Health. People or businesses with general questions about COVID-19 and how to follow the latest guidance should call 401-222-8022, or if the call is outside of business hours, call 211.
  • HealthSource RI opens special enrollment period – Due to the potential growth of COVID-19, a special enrollment period for any RI resident without healthcare may enroll in a plan through HealthSourceRI until April 15.
  • Please remember to fill out your census when you receive it in the mail. Public health funding and supplies received are all determined based on census data.
State & Federal Taxes
  • The IRS is moving Tax Day from April 15 to July 15. All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties.
  • The RI Division of Taxation will mirror the federal extensions and as of March 20th, was awaiting the issuance of written guidance from the Internal Revenue Service. The Division intends to post further guidance as soon as possible. Follow updates on
Utility payments extended

The RI Public Utilities Commission has directed all electric, gas, water, and wastewater utilities regulated by the Public Utilities Commission to cease certain collections activities, including service terminations for nonpayment. This moratorium extends to 4/15/20 for residential customers and to 3/31/20 for non-residential customer accounts.

Small Business Assistance

  • The RI Department of Business Regulation has the application for unemployment insurance on its site. If you are an independent contractor, click here for updates.
  • *NEW*: NAR Releases Unemployment Assistance CARES Act FAQ – The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) signed into law on March 27, 2020, provides relief to families, small businesses, and individuals who are self-employed and independent contractors. A key provision in the law creates a temporary “Pandemic Unemployment Assistance” program that extends unemployment benefits to those not traditionally eligible, including self-employed individuals. Below is a summary of the program that will be updated with guidance anticipated from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Click here for the new FAQ
Legislative Sessions
  • The State House will be closed to visitors as of March 17th, 2020.
  • Open meetings may be held by phone or video conference when there is a provision for members of the public to participate.

Information REALTORS® Need to Know

This page and the pages below will be continually updated as information becomes available.


Thank you for your patience during this challenging time. Please check this website often for updates. If you have further questions after reviewing this information, please email

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