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R.I. dragnet nabs out-of-state golfers

3 Massachusetts men face charges of violating Rhode Island’s quarantine order in bid to stop spread of coronavirus after they crossed the state line to play golf

Busted: Three Massachusetts men, who were cited last week on suspicion of violating Rhode Island’s quarantine order for travelers from out of state after they visited The Ocean State for a round of golf, the Providence Journal reported. According to witnesses at a fast-food restaurant in Richmond, R.I., two cars with Massachusetts license plates had been parked in the lot for several hours April 1. Three men had been seen emerging with golf clubs from the cars and transferring to a Massachusetts-registered vehicle driven by a fourth man. They reportedly played golf at nearby Meadow Brook Golf Course, which has signs posted warning that the course is open only to Rhode Island residents. The men returned to their vehicles a few hours later and were arrested by police. They were identified as Gregory S. Corbett, 51, of Attleboro; Tyler E. Pietrzyk, 22, of Taunton; and Nye M. Cameron, 22, of Taunton. They were cited for violating the order put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic and released at the scene, according to the Journal report, which cited police records. The men face a May 14 arraignment. A recent order by Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo requires all non-essential out-of-state travelers to quarantine for 14 days in a bid to stop the spread of the virus. According to the Journal, numerous reports of out-of-state golfers have been made in Rhode Island after Massachusetts closed its courses recently.

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