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July 10, 2020 

Town Manager's Weekly COVID-19 Update 

Dear Barrington Residents, Businesses, and Community Partners:


I hope you are staying safe and feeling healthy. I am proud to say that Barrington residents have overwhelmingly been following state and local health guidelines. I want to thank you for your continued cooperation and patience.


Whether you are at the market, park, beach, or a restaurant please wear a face covering while in common areas. As temperatures rise and the humidity sets in, it is tempting to remove your mask. In the long run, being lax or ignoring health guidance will only lead to a rise in cases and put us back to square one. Please be patient with our small business owners as they navigate this difficult period.


Today, Governor Raimondo announced an eviction diversion effort, the Safe Harbor Housing Program, to serve as an alternative to the traditional eviction process and provide landlords and tenants an opportunity to work towards a solution outside of the court system. Tenants who are behind in their rent because of COVID-19 and in danger of eviction, or who have already received an eviction notice, can call 211 starting Monday to be connected to the program.


Overview of Phase 3 of Rhode Island’s re-opening:  

  • Stay home if you are sick

  • Face coverings must be worn in public—both indoors and outdoors—whenever six feet of social distance cannot be maintained. 

  • Frequently wash your hands or use hand sanitizer

  • Social gatherings:

    • Indoor setting: Limit of 25 people

    • Outdoor settings: Limit of 50 people

  • Out of state travelers: If you are coming to Rhode Island from one of the states listed here with a positivity rate of COVID-19 greater than 5%, you will either have to self-quarantine for 14 days while in Rhode Island, or produce proof of a negative test for COVID-19 that was taken within 72 hours prior to arrival. For more information, visit the RIDOH website.

  • For more information on restaurants, close contact business, and other information, visit: https://www.reopeningri.com/

Barrington Financial Town Meeting


I want to take this opportunity to provide details regarding the Financial Town Meeting and our efforts to keep everyone safe.


  • Meeting Date & Time:  Saturday, July 18th

  • Registration begins at 8:00 AM

  • Meeting begins at 9:00 AM


  • Rain Date: Sunday, July 19th

  • Alternative Rain Date: Saturday, July 25th



  • Bring license, pen, lawn chair, sunscreen, hat, and water.

  • Sit with 10 feet physical distancing between households.


  • Seating will be in the grandstand and on all athletic fields.

  • A robust speaker system will be used.

  • Meeting will be simulcast for viewing a smart devices.

  • Parking:

    • Victory Gate parking lot for seniors.

    • BHS parking lot.

    • County Road Park & Ride – gate will be open with BPD crossing guard.

  • There will be two tents on the field for seniors and the disabled.

  • Meeting will be broadcast on the radio for those that would prefer to remain in their vehicles.  You will have to leave your vehicle to vote.

  • Eagle’s Nest will be open for refreshments.

  • Bathrooms will be available in BHS and continually sanitized.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.


ContinuedRead Full COVID-19 Update from the Town Manager


Events, Alerts, Job Openings, Etc.


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

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

Financial Town Meeting

Saturday, July 18, 2020 at 9:00 am

Barrington High School - Victory Field

Voters can arrive at 8:00 am for registration

You must be a registered voter in order to cast a vote.

Rain Date: Sunday, July 19th

Alternate Rain Date: Saturday, July 25th

Please bring a lawn chair or blanket.

You must make your motion in person at the Town Clerk's Office. Call 247-1900 x301


Other Information

2020 Elections


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

Primary Election

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

All Polls Open: 7:00 am to 8:00 pm


(The Board of Elections is asking the RI General Assembly to move the date of this Primary. Please continue to review this page to see the latest update for the September Primary date.)


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

Town Clerk’s office: 247-1900 ext. 1

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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