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COVID-19 Guidance for WaterFire Lightings

As we gather at WaterFire, please WEAR A MASK whether or not you’re vaccinated.

WaterFire Providence, in close cooperation with the Rhode Island Department of Health, requests all visitors, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, wear masks while attending the WaterFire event. Please remain aware of your surroundings and keep a safe distance from anyone outside your family/pod. If you are feeling unwell, please stay home and get tested as soon as possible. Visit the RIDOH website for additional COVID-19 testing and vaccine information (

“To start this season, most of WaterFire’s on-shore programming, such as food vendors, performers, our Arts Festival Plaza, and the Starry, Starry Night installation has been put on hold for our first lighting of the year. We are working closely with state and city health and safety officials to create safe events for our visitors, volunteers, and staff. As circumstances change throughout the 2021 season, we hope to re-introduce some of these features. We thank all our visitors for their cooperation in keeping themselves and others safe as we navigate these challenging times. Getting vaccinated now is the best way to ensure a full and safe return of all of your favorite WaterFire programming.”

Peter A. Mello, managing director and coCEO, WaterFire Providence. “

COVID-19 and Wearing Masks

If you’re not fully vaccinated, the Rhode Island Department of Health recommends you wear a mask indoors near anyone you don’t live with and outdoors in crowded environments to protect yourself and your household from COVID-19. Your mask should fit snugly but comfortably over your nose, mouth, and chin without any gaps. Rhode Island Masking FAQs »

COVID-19 Testing in Rhode Island

The Delta variant is much more aggressive than other variants we’ve seen because it spreads more easily and quickly and may cause more serious illness. Whether or not you’re fully vaccinated, get tested right away if you get symptoms of COVID-19, even if you think it’s just a cold or allergies. Learn more and find a test location »

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