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[Last Updated: 3/30/2020 at 5:45 p.m.]

Town Manager Issues AMENDED Executive Order, Effective Immediately (Amended March 26, 2020)

  • Encourages travel for essential purposes only, such as medical care, care of a family member, or obtaining food and other necessary provisions
  • 14-day self-quarantine requirements for residents and visitors who have visited New York State
  • Any nonresident or seasonal resident arriving to Barrington and staying in excess of seventy-two (72) hours must immediately Self-Quarantine
  • "Self-Quarantine" means to remain at your residence except for medical care or emergencies. Self-Quarantine includes having food and other necessities delivered to the residence rather than leaving the residence to obtain such food/necessities. Persons under Self-Quarantine must monitor for symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath.
  • Gatherings of groups of 10 or more people (revised to no more than 5 people per Executive Order 20-13) are prohibited
  • Playgrounds, basketball courts closed (also pickle-ball courts)
  • Recreational fields closed to organized or league activities
  • Individuals using recreation fields must practice social distancing per CDC and RIDOH guidelines and must not gather in groups larger than 10 people
  • Any violation is punishable by a fine not exceeding $500, with every day a violation continues considered a separate violation (Barrington Police Department has authority to enforce the executive order)
  • Grocery stores, pharmacies, liquor stores and other businesses deemed essential by the Governor and/or the Town Manager shall post a copy of the order at the entrance to the premises
  • Order remains in effect until April 20, 2020, unless terminated or extended by a subsequent order

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Dear Neighbors,

cvThe Town of Barrington is closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) locally, state-wide, and nationally. It is important that we all stay informed and follow guidance from state health officials. There is a lot of information circulating, and it is often challenging to keep up and determine fact from fiction. Measures, informed by the RI Department of Health's guidance, being taken to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) are being implemented across local government.

Town and Barrington Schools

  • Barrington Public Schools: Distance learning began on Wednesday, March 25th. For more information about this and much more, go to the BPS COVID-19 News site.

  • Barrington Town Council declared an Emergency on Saturday, March 14, 2020.

  • Town Manager Issued AMENDED Executive Order on Thursday, March 26, 2020.

  • All Town of Barrington meetings are canceled for the week of March 30th except as noted below. Check back for meeting schedule updates.

  • Town Hall - call 247-1900. Accessible to a member of the public only by appointment.

  • Department of Public Works - closed to the public. Need assistance from Public Works? Call 247-1907.

  • Public Safety Building, 100 Federal Road: lobby is open 24/7.Barrington Police Department will be conducting VIN checks by appointment for Barrington residents only. Please call (401) 437-3930 / 3931 / 3932.

  • Town Services:

    • Residents are encouraged to use the Finance Department Entrance Dropbox for paperwork and payments (at Finance Department entrance at Town Hall) or do business on-line. Please call (247-1900) for information.

    • Need to make a tax payment? Options for payments can be found on the Finance Department page. Quarterly tax payments are due on March 30th. However, interest will not be charged on late payments made prior to May 1st.

    • The Town Clerk page has information on voting; marriage, birth and death certificates; land evidence; probate; and dog licensing

    • Apply for building, electrical, mechanical and plumbing permits via Viewpoint.

    • Zoning complaints can also be filed on Viewpoint.

    • Planning applications - email phervey@barrington.ri.gov

  • Peck Center for Adult Enrichment (Senior Center) is closed indefinitely.

  • For now, Barrington Public Library will be closed through April 3.

  • Refuse and Recycling will continue to be collected based on the current schedule and the Recycling Center remains open.

    • Trash pick-up may be delayed in the coming weeks due to manpower losses by our contractor. If delays become necessary, pickups will be prioritized: (1) trash, (2) recycling, and (3) yard waste.

  • All municipal playgrounds and athletic fields are closed.

Executive Orders and Directives (subject to change)

  • Town Manager Issues Executive Order (amended 3/26/20)

  • Isolation Requirements (14 days):

    • Exposure to a person testing positive for COVID-19.

    • Overseas travel.

    • Returning to RI by air (overseas or domestic).

    • All Barrington residents and visitors that have recently visited New York state are directed to self-quarantine for a period of fourteen (14) days from the day they left the State of New York

    • 14-day self-quarantine requirements for nonresidents or seasonal residents arriving to Barrington

    • Not feeling well, awaiting testing.

For the latest go to: Executive Orders from Office of the Governor

  • If you observe any violations of the emergency Executive Orders, please contact Barrington Public Safety Dispatch at (401) 437-3935.

  • All Rhode Island residents are required to stay home unless traveling to work, traveling for medical treatment or obtaining necessities (food, medicine, gas, etc.). Rhode Island residents may still go outside to exercise and get fresh air; however, they must practice social distancing and avoid touching surfaces frequently touched by others.

  • Any Rhode Island employers with employees who live in other states shall use all means available to enable these employees to telecommute or make other work-from-home arrangements. This provision shall not apply to public health, public safety, or healthcare workers.

  • All gatherings of more than 5 people (revised per Executive Order 20-13) are prohibited from any public or private space such as an auditorium, stadium, arena, large conference room, meeting hall, library, theater, place of workship, parade, fair or festival. This is more than a guideline - it is a public health directive that is critical to keep Rhode Islanders safe.

  • Effective Monday, March 30th, all non-critical retail businesses shall cease in-person operations. (For a list of critical see Item 4 in Executive Order 20-13)

  • Any restaurant, bar or establishment that offers food or drink shall not permit on-premises consumption of food or drink; provided that such establishments may continue to offer food and non-alcoholic beverages for take-out and delivery in accordance with the social distancing protocols and guidance set forth by the RI Dept. of Health. See Executive Order 20-04

  • Quarantine for all travelers:

    • Any person coming to Rhode island from another state for a non work-related purpose must immediately self-quarantine for 14 days. This quarantine restriction shall not apply to public health, public safety or healthcare workers.

    • Any person who lives in Rhode island and works in another state who can work from home is required to do so. To the extent such a person cannot perform his or her functions via telework or other work from home arrangements, that person must self-quarantine when not at work. This quarantine restriction shall not apply to public health, public safety or healthcare workers.

  • Entertainment and recreational businesses are closed (theaters, bowling alleys, concert venues, museums, zoos, etc.)

  • All close-contact businesses (businesses which cannot maintain social distancing with their customers (per Executive Order 29-09) including, but not limited to, gymnasiums, fitness centers and similar exercise facilities, hair salons and barbershops, nail salons, spas and tattoo parlors shall cease in-person operations.

  • All business service personnel that can work from home are required to do so (see Executive Order 29-09 for more details)

  • If you have traveled anywhere internationally in the last 14 days, self-quarantine for 14 days. That means do not go to work or school and stay at home.

  • If you have a fever or respiratory symptoms, contact your healthcare provider or the RI Department of Health screening line (401) 222-8022, they will determine what actions need to be taken. Please do NOT drive to the doctor’s office or the emergency room!

  • 911 - do NOT use it for non-emergency medical use.

  • If over 60 years of age - stay home (recommended)

  • Please throw disinfectant wipes (including "flushable") in the trash, flushing causes sewer pump station problems. R.I. Department of Environmental Management has more.

  • Presidential Preference Primary has been moved from April 28th to June 2nd. The Governor has encouraged all RI’ers to apply for a mail ballot. Get the mail ballot application.

Community Information

  • Support non-profits. Donate to shelters and food banks, especially TAP-IN.

  • Consider donating blood, there is an extreme shortage. Call the Rhode Island Blood Center to make an appointment: 401-453-8307 See details

  • Child/Elderly Day Care

    • Free referrals through www.care.com/.

    • Healthcare workers - can be provided YMCA, Boys & Girls Clubs, Children’s Workshop.

    • Childcare Centers can operate under emergency guidelines, must be State sanctioned.

Doing Business

  • Please shop local and support our local businesses that are suffering.
  • Open:

    • Restaurants - take-out or delivery, beer (144 oz.) and wine (2 bottles).

    • Grocery and convenience stores.

    • Establishments that are open must enforce 6-foot social distancing

  • Entertainment licenses are suspended.

  • Low-interest loans are available thru the @SBAgov of up to $2 million for those adversely affected financially by COVID-19. The loans help businesses & homeowners recover from declared disasters.

  • Economic Support for Restaurants, Bars and Establishments that Offer Food (3/20/20)

  • Paycheck Protection Program. If you are a small business struggling due to Corona Virus, the new Paycheck Protection Program (read FAQs) lets you take out an SBA loan to cover 8 weeks of payroll, rent and utilities. This includes the cost of re-hiring laid off staff. After 8 weeks, the loan is FORGIVEN.

  • Workplace Fact Sheet (R.I. Department of Labor)

    For employees: If you have been impacted by Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and are quarantined and unable to work, or your workplace has been temporarily closed, please review the Workplace Fact Sheet about assistance available through State programs. The Department of Labor and Training (DLT) will do all that we can to ensure impacted Rhode Islanders receive the benefits for which they are eligible

For employers: The Fact Sheet also provides information for employers who are temporarily ceasing or limiting operations as a result of COVID-19. Please contact the DLT to discuss how we can provide assistance

Assistance for Older/At-Risk Populations

Job Loss - Assistance - wait times have been waived

Additional Announcements

Mental Health Support available from BH Link bhlink.org. 401-414-LINK (24-hour hotline)

See Rhode Island Department of Motor Vehicles (RIDMV) latest information.

Family First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201). Read about the legislation, which guarantees free coronavirus testing, establishes paid leave, enhances Unemployment Insurance, expands food security initiatives, and increases federal Medicaid funding.

Stay Informed

Hotlines:

  • R.I. Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline: 401-222-8022

Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm

RI United Way Hotline: 2-1-1

Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

  • Barrington COVID-19 Hotline - (401) 247-1900 ext. 384

The Town has established a CORVI-19 hotline in Town Hall. The number is (401) 247-1900 ext. 384. The hotline will be answered Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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