[Last Updated: 04/09/2020 at 4:25 p.m.]

Town Manager Issues AMENDED Executive Order, Effective Immediately

Amended April 8, 2020, extending emergency measures until May 8, 2020


WHEREAS, the Town of Barrington Town Council declared a state of emergency through an emergency ordinance enacted on March 14, 2020, to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic; and

WHEREAS, the Town of Barrington Town Council extended the state of emergency through an emergency ordinance enacted on April 6, 2020, to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic; and

WHEREAS, the Town Council delegated emergency authority to the Town Manager to take measures he deems necessary in order to protect public health and safety in response to the pandemic; and

NOW THEREFORE, the following emergency measures are hereby enacted:

  1. This Executive Order supersedes Executive Order 2020-02.

  2. All Barrington residents are required to stay home unless traveling to work, traveling for medical treatment or obtaining necessities (food, medicine, gas, etc.). Barrington residents may still go outside to exercise and get fresh air; however, they must practice physical distancing, of greater than 6 feet, with those outside their household while outside and avoid touching surfaces frequently touched by others.

  3. Any nonresident or seasonal resident arriving to Barrington for a non-work-related purpose must immediately Self-Quarantine (as that term is hereinafter defined) for a period of fourteen (14) days and follow any Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) guidelines pertaining to the pandemic.

  4. Effectively immediately, all returning Barrington residents and visitors that have recently visited another state or country are directed to Self-Quarantine for a period of fourteen (14) days from the day they arrive in Barrington.  This directive does not apply to those who were briefly in Massachusetts to, for example, obtain groceries or prescriptions.

  5. The term “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.

  6. Gathering in groups of more than five (5) people is hereby prohibited unless all persons in the group are members of the same household.

  7. All playgrounds, tennis courts and basketball courts are closed to the public.  Vehicle access to Barrington Beach, Veterans’ Park, Walker Farm, Police Cove and other parks and recreation facilities shall be closed. 

  8. All non-essential service and retail businesses are closed to interior sales.  Sales by phone or website are permitted solely with exterior pick-up or delivery.

  9. Grocery stores, pharmacies, liquor stores, restaurants and other businesses deemed essential by the Governor of the State of Rhode Island and/or the Town Manager, shall post a copy of this notice at the entrance to the premises, as directed by the Town Manager.

  10. To the extent that any provision in this order is inconsistent with any executive order issued by the Governor of Rhode Island for dealing with COVID-19, the executive order of the Governor shall supersede this order and govern in its stead.

  11. Any violation of any provision of this executive order is punishable by a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars ($500), with every day a violation continues considered a separate violation.  The Barrington Police Department shall have the authority to enforce this executive order.

  12. This executive order shall remain in effect until May 8, 2020, unless terminated prior to that date by a subsequent order.  This executive order may be further extended if necessary, by a subsequent executive order.

In summary, please do not see how far the rules can be stretched, and do not look for loopholes or workarounds to evade the purposes of this order.  Retired healthcare workers, many of advanced age, are heroically coming out of retirement to care for the sick.  The Governor has made it clear that Rhode Island is projected to have a shortage of hospital beds to care for those in need of medical care if the spread of COVID-19 is not stemmed.  Please take a moment to consider seriously what that means.  For the sake of our neighbors and for those who are putting themselves at risk daily to fill essential roles in our Town and State, please ask yourself whether you are doing all that you can to help reduce the awful impact that this virus is having on our society.

Please do your part. The risks being taken, and the sacrifices being made by others are too grave for us to do less.

James J. Cunha                                                                                  
Town Manager                                                                                   
Date: April 8, 2020




Dear Neighbors,

The 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, April 08, 2020.

  • All Town of Barrington meetings are canceled for the week of March 30th except as noted below. Check back for meeting schedule updates. Meetings scheduled for next week, to be held via teleconference and Zoom, include:

  • 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

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

  • All playgrounds, tennis courts and basketball courts are closed to the public.

    • Effective Friday, April 3, 2020, there shall be no vehicle access to Barrington Beach, Veterans’ Park and other parks and recreation facilities. 

  • For now, Barrington Public Library will be closed through April 30.

  • Changes to Collection of Refuse, Recycling, Yard Waste, White Goods, Bulk Items

    The Town of Barrington is announcing that due to the current State of Emergency there will be changes in the normal trash collection. The Town’s trash contractor, MEGA Disposal, is operating with a limited staffing due to illness and quarantine requirements. Please know that all employees are physically evaluated prior to being allowed on the trucks for symptoms of COVID-19 and other health related issues. The Town’s priority is the continuation of weekly rubbish and recycling collection while keeping our residents and the MEGA employees safe.

    The following changes have been made to trash collection through the end of April:

    1. Collection will be strictly limited to trash that is in bags or in a barrel and recycling in an appropriate container.

    2. Yard waste will be collected curbside for the remainder of this week ending on Friday, April 3rd, and is then suspended for the remainder of April.  Residents are asked not to leave yard waste at the curb until collections resume.

    3. Bulk collection, such as furniture and other household items will, not be collected and should not be placed at the curb until further notice.

    4. Residents may drop off yard waste at the Recycling Center located at 84 Upland Way. The hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. The Center is closed Wednesdays and Thursdays.

    5. White goods (metal) will continue to be picked up by DPW by appointment.

    For questions or more information, please contact the Barrington Department of Public Works at (401) 247-1907.

Executive Orders and Directives (subject to change)

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

  • Town Manager Issues Executive Order (amended 04/01/2020)

  • The Governor's executive orders have included the following. These are subject to change should the governor issue a subsequent executive order (for the latest, please go to List of Executive Orders from Office of the Governor)

    • 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

    • 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 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


  • 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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