DEM COVID-19 Updates

DEM COVID-19 Updates

For the latest information about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) visit the Rhode Island Department of Health.


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Doing business with us


COVID-19 Resources: General Information



If you're fully vaccinated



Submitting Permit Applications

The Permit Application Center (PAC) at DEM Headquarters located at 235 Promenade Street in Providence is now providing walk-in services.

Contact DEM at 401-222-4700 ext. 77265 or email with questions or to set up an appointment for other services. If you are seeking assistance for wetlands or OWTS/septic systems, please call 401-222-4700 and ask for the person on-call for the specific program.

Boating Registrations & Fishing/Hunting Licenses, Permits, & Tags

Walk-in service is now available at DEM's Office of Boat Registration and Licensing in Providence. To prevent lines and limit wait times, boaters are encouraged to continue mailing paperwork into the Office or process renewals on line. View online services and information for registering new vessels by mail. Learn More

Fish & Wildlife: Blue Cards, Wildlife Rehab Tests, Outdoor Education Programs

The Division of Fish & Wildlife Headquarters in West Kingston is now open to walk-ins. You may also call 401-789-0281, mail, or email ( for services.

The Division of Fish & Wildlife Outdoor Education Office in Exeter is now open to walk-ins. Needs can also be met by phone, mail, or email. You may also call 401-539-0019, mail, or email ( for services.

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Emergency Operation Orders

Rescission of Emergency Operation Order (5/24/21)

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Sports Guidance

For the latest information, please view Guidance for Youth, Adult, and School Sports (10/12/21)

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Cruise Ships

UPDATE 5/12/21
After consultation with the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH), and due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the health risks associated with cruise ships, RIDEM’s policy is as follows: Any cruise ship who seeks to dock at and/or disembark passengers or crew at any state facility, dock, or pier must comply with the current Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance and with any applicable municipal orders, restrictions or policies.

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RI Farmers & Local Food


Access the full list of guidance documents here

Animal Health

Connecting Consumers with Local Food

DEM is spearheading initiatives to support RI's commercial fishing and seafood industry, as well as farmers and local food producers during the COVID-19 Coronavirus crisis by helping connect consumers with retailers of local food.

Seafood markets provide important opportunities for consumers to buy direct and commercial lobstermen offer fresh, dockside sales.

Find RI Seafood.

Find local food at farmers markets, restaurants, and other retailers, as well as resources to help our local food industry.

Find RI Grown Food


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