ThinkPVD is a campaign to redefine how people experience our world-class creative community, unique neighborhoods, rich cultural life, and all our local economy has to offer. A year has passed since the City of Providence issued its first Executive Order in response to the global pandemic. We have learned so much as a community about our own resilience and compassion. On this page you will find information about how we can come back together safely including resources to support your business as it adapts. COVID-19 has hit our small businesses hard but our city has always come together to repair, rebuild and remerge stronger than ever when faced with challenges.
Maximizing Adjacent Outdoor Spaces
Last summer, Mayor Jorge Elorza spearheaded an effort to provide critical relief to Providence’s hard-hit hospitality industry. From offering free 2-hr parking in business corridors to waiving city fees associated with special events (e.g, street closures, police and fire details, outdoor dining accommodations etc.) it is estimated that Providence businesses received over $370,000 in financial support as a result of these offerings. To provide additional relief in 2021, the City of Providence will continue to waive special event City Service fees and has also streamlined the special event permitting process to help event coordinators produce safe and secure events and community celebrations.
- Special Event and Use Permits
Outdoor events and activities remain among the safest ways for different households to spend time together. The City’s Special Event and Use Permits still allows event producers the opportunity to utilize outdoor public spaces like streets, parks, and plazas for public gatherings like pop-up programs, community block parties, concerts, festivals, food truck events, outdoor markets — and now also create. opportunities for brick and mortar businesses to bring their work outside.
- Starting April 9, 2021 through December 31, 2021, the City will once again allow accommodations for individual restaurants to expand outdoor dining into the public spaces around them. These events are so important to the Creative Capital’s cultural vitality and the regional metropolitan economy.
- Filming in Providence:
The City of Providence is one of the best places for filming in the US. To encourage filmmakers to use Providence locations in their next production, the City will be waiving City Service fees for film and approved media productions under $14M.Learn more about filming in the city here.
- Learn more about filming in the city here.
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- Event Planning:The City of Providence’s interdepartmental City Service team is a great resource for new and experienced event producers alike. Please contact Lizzie Araujo-Haller, firstname.lastname@example.org, with questions about your event including assistance with the application, preparing your COVID Event Control template, information about insurance and liability, and site maps.
- Outdoor Equipment and Amenities:
In partnership with The Steel Yard, Mayor Elorza and the Department of Art, Culture + Tourism are offering a limited quantity of one-of-a-kind artist designed parklets (see image below) to help businesses make use of the outdoor space around them. Designed to fit two parking spaces, there are several variations for how the kit of parts can be used again and again. While supplies last, priority will be given to requests from restaurants, retailers, and nonprofit organizations located outside of Downtown and women/BIPOC owned businesses. Funding was made possible through the Commerce Rhode Island Take It Outside initiative. Requests can be made through the Special Event application.
- Equipment Guidelines: It’s warming up outside but the evenings can still be chilly. Please review the Fire Department’s guidelines about equipment including tents and propane storage before investing! Public safety and accessibility are critical to the City’s thinking about using outdoor public spaces. Site plans are required with a Special Events application and members of the City Service team will review submissions with this in mind.
- Signage and PPE:
Need help providing personal protective equipment to your staff, volunteers and guests? The City of Providence can connect you with resources. Use the comment section of the special events application or contact 421-2489 to inquire.
Pictured: Steel Yard Parklet
- PWCVB Event Lending Library: The Providence Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau (PWCVB) launched an Event Lending Library to provide tourism-related businesses, neighborhood associations, and other non-profits in the Providence/Warwick area with access to equipment for outdoor events. With more than 600 pieces of equipment available, the lending library contains a lot of those necessary yet hard-to-find or hard-to-store items to host an outdoor event.. Community partners can complete an online application at goprovidence.com/lendinglibrary to request items such as tables, chairs, tents, heat lamps, sanitization equipment, and more. Items can be checked out for one to two weeks at a time at no cost.
- Partnership for Providence Parks (P3) Tool Shed: Take your socially-distant events and activities outside with equipment (like tents, chairs, heat lamps, speakers + more!) from P3’s tool shed. For a full list of available supplies, and to request to borrow any supplies, please email us at email@example.com.
Funding for the tool shed and supplies is made possible by Governor Gina Raimondo and Rhode Island Commerce ‘s Take It Outside Grant. For more information on Take It Outside activities, visit the Reopening RI Website.
This project was supported by the City of Providence’s Department of Art Culture + Tourism, Parks Department and Department of Recreation.
Free two-hour parking will be available in designated commercial districts throughout Providence through December 31, 2021. Two hours of free parking will be offered every day from 10:00 AM until 9:00 PM in the following commercial districts:
- Angell Street
- Atwells Avenue – Bradford Street to Knight Street
- Spruce Street – Dean Street to Acorn Street
- Dean Street – Atwells Avenue to West Exchange Street
- Acorn Street – Spruce Street to Atwells Avenue
- Bradford Street – Atwells Avenue to Jones Street
- Bond Street – Atwells Avenue to Spruce Street
- Broad Street – Public Street to Montgomery Street
- Downtown Providence – bounded by Fountain Street, Memorial Boulevard, Weybosset Street, Empire Street and Friendship Street (from Dyer Street to Dorrance Street)
- Hope Street – Rochambeau Avenue to Blackstone Boulevard
- North Main Street – Thomas Street to Park Row
- Olneyville Square – Route 10 to Sydney Street and Delaine Street to Atwood Street to Magnolia Street
- South Main Street – James Street to Packet Street
- Point Street – From Eddy to East Franklin Street
- Thayer Street – Bowen Street to Waterman Street
- Wayland Square – East Angell Street/Angell Street to Gano Street and Wayland Avenue from Angell Street to Pitman Street
- Waterman Avenue
- Wickenden/Ives – Wickenden Street at Benefit Street to Ives Street at Preston Street
While parking meter violations will not be issued during free two-hour parking in legal parking spots in the specified districts, parking time limits will be enforced.
Providence is known for its arts and cultural offerings, architectural features and world-class culinary offerings. Local restaurants, businesses and many of Providence’s top attractions are open to the public — and waiting for you! Be sure to check for up-to-date information about modified hours of operations and need for advance reservations. Travel guidance for out of state visitors is available through the Rhode Island Department of Health. Visitor information can be found at www.goprovidence.com.
More Information on Providence’s COVID-19 Response
For more information on COVID-19, current small business supports and best practices you can share, residents can visit our website, call to connect to the Mayor’s Center for City Services by dialing 3-1-1, visiting www.PVD311.com or downloading the PVD311 mobile app on your smartphone for 24/7 access. Residents can register to receive CodeRED emergency notifications by phone, email, text, and/or mobile alerts for the latest updates from the City and to reach out to the Rhode Island Department of Health’s COVID-19 Assistance Line at 401-222-8022 Monday through Friday during regular business hours should they have additional questions.