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August 7, 2020 

A Message from the Town Manager and President of the Town Council

August 7, 2020 

Town Manager's Weekly COVID-19 Update 

Dear Barrington Residents, Businesses, and Community Partners:

I hope you are staying safe and feeling healthy. Unfortunately, Rhode Island is seeing an uptick in the number of COVID-19 cases. Fortunately, this uptick can be managed with your help.

  • All gatherings must be limited to 15 people or less;

    • Violations are punishable by a fine of up to $500 per person.

  • Limit your circle of contacts to 15 people or less;

  • Masks and face coverings should be worn when distancing is not possible;

  • Common surfaces should be cleaned frequently; and

  • Hands should be washed or sanitized often.

  • For more guidance on Phase III, visit: https://reopeningri.com/


Governor Raimondo outlined additional information for travelers coming to Rhode Island, and Rhode Islanders traveling to other states.

  • If you are planning to travel to a state that requires a COVID-19 test in order to avoid extended quarantine, you can schedule a test through portal.ri.gov. Individuals will receive their results within 24-48 hours. 

  • Rhode Islanders who travel to or from the states listed here must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Rhode Island and schedule an asymptomatic test.

  • Travelers coming to Rhode Island from one of these states with a COVID-19 positivity rate of higher than 5%, must quarantine for 14 days and self-monitor for symptoms.

    • As an exception, you may provide proof of a negative test for COVID-19 that was taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Rhode Island.

  • For more information, please visit: https://health.ri.gov/covid/travel/


We ask that those using Barrington’s outdoor recreational facilities to follow safety guidelines and the signage posted. First, if a person is sick or not feeling well please do not visit our athletic fields or courts. Secondly, people are reminded to please keep 6 feet apart from each other.  Reconnecting with people is important and fights the feeling of isolation, but please do it at a safe distance. Lastly, please wear a face covering and sanitize hands often.  Masks should be worn by spectators when they are within less than 6 feet of others and when walking to and from parking lots and seating areas.    


Barrington Beach will be open from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM daily for resident use only.  There will be no daily parking charge after 5:00 PM.


We remind local businesses to familiarize themselves with the Phase III guidelines. The R.I. Department of Health will continue their enforcement of restaurants/bars/businesses. Beginning Friday, August 7, bars are required to close at 11pm.


Also, emergency financial grants for Rhode Island's small businesses are now open. Learn more about the process at https://commerceri.com/about-us/restore-ri/.


Thank you for your patience and cooperation. Have a stay safe and healthy Victory Day weekend!




Events, Alerts, Job Openings, Etc.


Email jbellm@barrington.ri.gov to submit requests to list an upcoming event on Community Calendar

2020 Elections


For the latest information on voting please visit https://vote.sos.ri.gov/Voter/VoterCalendar


The Town of Barrington will not be holding a September Primary

General Election

Tuesday, November 3, 2020
All Polls Open: 7:00 am to 8:00 pm

Mail Ballot Application: www.vote.ri.gov

Questions? Contact Town Clerk’s office: 247-1900 ext. 1

Town Beach Open Only to Barrington Residents to Reduce Overcrowding


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and overcrowding, effective immediately Barrington Beach will be open only to Barrington residents and the hours will be extended from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.  Between the hours of 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM a season pass or the purchase of a daily pass ($5.00) will be required.  After 5:00 PM there will be no charge

Support Barrington Businesses During “First Thursdays"


On behalf of the Barrington Economic Development Commission, we encourage Barrington residents to support their local businesses by participating in the upcoming “First Thursdays” promotion organized by the East Bay Chamber of Commerce.


Beginning August 6 from 5:00 -7:00 pm, and continuing on the first Thursday of each month, the East Bay Chamber will be promoting participating local businesses to help bring foot traffic back into their stores and restaurants and show the community that they are safely open and ready for business.


Participating businesses might run specials or have discounted items available for shoppers on the First Thursdays. We hope everyone can visit the participating businesses on the First Thursdays (and any other day) to shop and learn more about the businesses in your community.


See East Bay Chamber First Thursday Information about which businesses will be participating on August 6 and in the months that follow.  We also encourage all Barrington businesses to participate in this wonderful opportunity for exposure.

Please continue to support your local businesses during this challenging and unprecedented time, and continue to support each other.

Economic Development Commission:

Rob Humm, Dick Wilbur, Matt Amaral, Frank Capizzo, Dan Horowitz, Carl Kustell

Community Electricity Aggregation Plan - Review Plan

A community electricity aggregation program will create a new default electricity supply for Barrington residents and businesses. The Town Council held a public hearing on June 8th and approved the Aggregation Plan prepared for the Town by Good Energy. Public Utilities Commission approval required. Email comments to: phervey@barrington.ri.gov

Accessing Town Clerk Services During Covid-19

Urging Residents to Use Online and Mail Services. As you know, the Coronavirus (Covid-19) is in RI and diligence must be made to prevent the spread. In that effort, the Town of Barrington is advising residents and businesses to take advantage of its Online, Mail-in services and utilization of the Town’s Drop Box located at the left front door of Town Hall. For more information, please visit the Town Clerk's page.

Financial Town Meeting | FY2021 Budget

The Financial Town Meeting was held Saturday, July 18, 2020 at Barrington High School - Victory Field. Information from the FTM:

Barrington Village: Neighbors helping neighbors remain in their community as they age

Please contact us at 401-400-5599 or barrington@villagecommonri.org to learn more.We hope you will join us!

  • Age-Friendly Barrington Report to the Community February 2019: Attachment


Employment Opportunities


Latest openings are posted on the Employment Opportunities page.

Volunteer Opportunities


The Town Council is looking for volunteers to serve on various boards and commissions.

Eco-Depot - Disposal of Household Hazardous Waste


Eco-Depot is a free service for properly disposing of household hazardous waste from RI households (for non-residential hazardous waste disposal click here). You can make an appointment for an Eco-Depot collection via http://rirrc.org/ecodepot. Appointments are made to minimize wait times at the facility.

Town of Barrington Animal Control


Animal Control page has the latest lost and found listing of dogs, cats and other animals in Barrington.

FYI ...

On-Line Permitting Available


E-permitting in Barrington is available through the Rhode Island's state web-based system. Applicants can apply for a range of permits such as buildingdemolitionelectricalmechanical and plumbing as well as applying for and renewing Chicken/Hen registrations by visiting the following website:



Paper applications for the above permits will no longer be accepted. Please contact Caroline Joyce at 401-247-1900, ext. 326 or cjoyce@barrington.ri.gov for additional information. 

Recycling, Composting, Reduce & Reuse Tips


RI Resource Recovery's website includes tips and other information on recycling, composting, reducing and reusing, etc.

Upcoming Meetings

Town of Barrington

283 County Road

Barrington, RI 02806-2406

Town Hall Hours:

8:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Monday

8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday

8:30 a.m.-NOON Friday

Phone: (401) 247-1900

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