‘Insect’ sighting closes bathrooms in Kennedy Plaza, City Hall

The bathroom is closed in Kennedy Plaza. (Photo by Dan McGowan/WPRI 12)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Officials at the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) have closed the public bathrooms in Kennedy Plaza after a person saw a small insect in the women’s restroom on Saturday.

RIPTA spokeswoman Barbara Polichetti confirmed Monday that RIPTA hired an extermination company to treat the bathrooms. She said the bathrooms would also be cleaned and were expected to reopen later in the day on Monday.

An employee inside the bus terminal referred those needing to use the restroom to the public bathrooms in City Hall, which is located across the street from Kennedy Plaza.

Evan England, a spokesman for Mayor Jorge Elorza, said the city has closed its bathrooms “out of an abundance of caution” after learning that RIPTA closed its bathrooms.

Polichetti said a person reported seeing a “flea-sized” insect in the women’s bathroom on Saturday. She said RIPTA always takes precautions whenever reports come in. She said the bathrooms in Kennedy Plaza  are used by thousands of people each week.

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Dan McGowan ( dmcgowan@wpri.com ) covers politics, education and the city of Providence for WPRI.com. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter: @danmcgowan

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