Park and Management Area Rules and Regulations (250-RICR-100-00-1)
|Title||250||Department of Environmental Management|
|Chapter||100||Parks & Recreation|
|Part||1||Park and Management Area Rules and Regulations (250-RICR-100-00-1)|
|Type of Filing||Amendment|
|Effective||04/02/2020 to 09/29/2020|
Regulation Authority :
R.I. Gen. Laws § § 20- 1-2, 20-1-4, and 20-1-8
R.I. Gen. Laws Chapter 42-35
R.I. Gen. Laws Chapters 42-17.1, 42-17.6, 42-17.10, 20-18, 20-15, 32-2 and 32-3
Purpose and Reason :
The purpose of these Rules and Regulations is for the control, custody, governance, and use of state Management Areas, State Parks, and other areas operated and maintained by the Divisions of Fish and Wildlife, Parks and Recreation, and Forest Environment within the Department of Environmental Management ("RIDEM").
Brief statement of Reason for Finding Imminent Peril :
RIDEM finds that the state is facing a pandemic. On March 11, 2020 the World Health Organization declared COVID-19, a novel virus also known as SARS-CoV-2, a pandemic. Two days earlier, March 9, 2020, the State of Rhode Island was declared to be in a state of emergency. COVID-19 can be fatal in humans and has a greater transmissibility and higher mortality rate than seasonal flu. RIDEM has observed that the state's parks, beaches and management areas are attracting high volumes of visitors, and is concerned that this can lead to patrons being in close proximity or in groups larger than five people. Such crowds and close contact present a risk to public health. Accordingly, RIDEM finds that the pandemic poses an imminent threat or peril to the public health, safety, and welfare which justifies the promulgation of an emergency rule regarding the operation of state parks, beaches, and management areas.