Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Resources

The  corona virus pandemic is an ongoing and continually-developing situation. We’re thankful for the patience and support of our community and neighbors during this time. The Town will be providing important public health and safety updates on this page as often as possible to keep you informed.

An excellent source for current COVID information is

Concerned you might have COVID-19? Healthcare providers now have a specific system in place to consult with RIDOH on potential COVID-19 cases. If you are exhibiting any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19, call your healthcare provider first (unless you are experiencing a medical emergency). 

RI State Parks and Beaches: Please visit the DEM website for more information to see which parks and beaches are open:

Dog Park: The Dog Park at the Animal Shelter Will remain open but we ask that visitors practice social distancing of 6 ft.

Restaurants/Bars/Pubs etc.:  State’s Reopening Guidance found on  

Playgrounds/Recreation Facilities: All Town playgrounds and recreation facilities will be closed, until further notice.

Town Meetings: All Town Meetings may be attended remotely and will be providing public access by phone call, computer, tablet or smartphone. Please review the meeting agenda for updated information.

Town Hall Services: The Town of Westerly is urging residents to use online and mail services, please see the Town Website for further information.

DMV Services: The DMV will no longer have service at Westerly Town Hall. For information on the DMV please go to

Westerly Senior Center: For current information on the Westerly Senior Center please visit 

Westerly Library and Wilcox Park: Open! For additional information on the library please visit

Please click here for a video message from community leaders.
(produced by Chris Walsh Productions and the Ocean Community Chamber Foundation)

For additional information see the Rhode Island Department of Health COVID-19 Information Page 

General Information

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

When greeting people avoid handshakes and hugs.

Be sure you have over-the-counter medicines and medical supplies (tissues, etc.) to treat fever and other symptoms. Most people will be able to recover from COVID-19 at home.

Pay attention for potential COVID-19 symptoms including, fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you feel like you are developing symptoms, call your doctor.

People with general, non-medical questions about COVID-19 can visit, write to, or call 401-222-8022. This is the COVID-19 Hotline that RIDOH has available to the public. The Hotline will be staffed from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (After hours people are being directed to call 211.)

Everyone can help stop the spread of viruses in Rhode Island.

Get your flu shot, and make sure the people around you do the same.

Wash your hands often throughout the day. Use warm water and soap. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Cough or sneeze into your elbow. Viruses can spread by coughing or sneezing on other people or into your hands.

Stay home from work or school if you are sick.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.