[Last Updated: 05/29/2020 at 4:20 p.m.]


Executive Order Allows for Temporary Expansion of Outdoor Dining


Governor Raimondo announced that as of May 18 restaurants may resume limited outdoor dining service, with indoor dine-in service expected to resume at a later phase of the economic reopening. See Town of Barrington Executive Order 2020-06 for more details.

Get the latest local and state information on the COVID-19 pandemic. Business Assistance: Scroll down for information on the new MicroEnterprise Stabilization Grant Program.



Reopening Guidance from the State of RI


Businesses will need to follow the general guidance on https://www.reopeningri.com/ [reopeningri.com]


General guidelineshttps://www.reopeningri.com/resource_pdfs/Phase-II/Phase-II-General-Business-Organization-Guidance-05.28.20.pdf [reopeningri.com]


Screening tool (symptom/COVID Q&A poster): https://www.reopeningri.com/resource_pdfs/COVID19_Screening_Tool_English-NEW.pdf [reopeningri.com]


Business control template (fill out & keep on hand; do not submit to State, but communicate w/ employees):https://www.reopeningri.com/resource_pdfs/COVID-19-Control_Plan_Fillable_Template-Final-5.13.20.pdf [reopeningri.com]


Business checklisthttps://www.reopeningri.com/resource_pdfs/Business-organization-checklist-poster_05.15.20.pdf [reopeningri.com]


Employer Posterhttps://www.reopeningri.com/resource_pdfs/RI_Employer_Guidance-05.04.20.pdf [reopeningri.com]


Employee Posterhttps://www.reopeningri.com/resource_pdfs/RI-Employee_Rules_to_Stay_Safe_at_Work-05.04.20.pdf [reopeningri.com]



Phase 2 restaurant guidance: https://www.reopeningri.com/resource_pdfs/Phase-II/phase-2-restaurant-guidance-05.28.20.pdf [reopeningri.com]


Outdoor dining permit (if needed): https://www.reopeningri.com/resource_pdfs/Restaurant-outdoor-dining-permit-application-05.19.20.pdf [reopeningri.com]


Outdoor dining illustrationhttps://www.reopeningri.com/resource_pdfs/Phase-II/Phase-II-Dining-visual-guidance-05.22.20.pdf [reopeningri.com]


Party & charter boat guidancehttps://www.reopeningri.com/resource_pdfs/Party-and-charter-boat-guidance.pdf [reopeningri.com]


If they have a gym, beach/lifeguard, or anything not listed above it is likely on reopeningri.com or dbr.ri.gov.


Town Manager Issues Amended Executive Order (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 of Barrington Town Council extended the state of emergency through an emergency ordinance enacted on May 4, 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 2020-04.

  2. All Barrington residents are to work from home, if possible.  Employees of office-based businesses who need to visit their office should do so on a limited basis.

  3. 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.

  4. For the protection of the community, a face mask or cloth face shield is required except for children under two (2) years of age and persons with physical or developmental disabilities that prevent wearing of face coverings.  Masks and face coverings should be worn over noses and mouths while inside commercial or municipal buildings and outside when unable to maintain six (6) physical foot distance from individuals outside of your household.  The required face coverings need not be medical-grade masks or N95 respirators, but rather, fabric coverings, such as scarves and bandanas.  Masks are NOT required in vehicles, while exercising or in private residences. 

  5. Gathering in groups of more than five (5) people is hereby prohibited.

  6. All playgrounds and basketball courts are closed to the public.  Barrington Beach and Town parks and recreation areas are open for passive recreation with mandatory physical distancing of six (6) feet for those outside the household.  Organized sports leagues and games are prohibited.

  7. All non-essential service and retail businesses are re-opened with restrictions outlined in the RI Department of Business Regulation website (https://dbr.ri.gov/).  Sales by phone or website with exterior pick-up or delivery are encouraged.

  8. 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 restriction does not apply to residents that visit a neighboring state for medical or shopping purposes.

  9. All businesses 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 can lead to a Municipal Court citation that is punishable by a fine up to five hundred dollars ($500).  The Barrington Police Department shall have the authority to enforce this executive order.

  12. This executive order shall remain in effect until June 12, 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. 

James J. Cunha
Town Manager

Date: May 8, 2020

NEW! MicroEnterprise Stabilization Grant Program for Small Businesses Adversely Impacted by COVID-19


Contact: Debra Page-Trim, Economic Development Officer and Spencer Trust Administrator

Phone: (401) 247-1900 x365

Email: dpagetrim@barrington.ri.gov

Download MicroE Contract with State

The Town of Barrington has joined other Rhode Island communities in launching a Microenterprise (MicroE) Stabilization Grant Program offering working capital grants to qualifying small business microenterprises adversely impacted by COVID-19.


Grants totaling up to $5,000 are available to each approved applicant in a single lump-sum payment. Barrington has access to a total of $50,000 for MicroE grants. No Town funds are involved. All of the funding is from the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program made available through the Rhode Island Office of Housing and Community Development.


“We recognize that small businesses in Barrington are suffering from the COVID-19 restrictions” said Town Manager, Jim Cunha.  “We hope that the Microenterprise Stabilization Grant (MicroE) Program can bring some relief to our business community.  We should all remember to shop Barrington!”

Applications are being accepted now. As funding is limited, priority will be given to those qualifying microenterprises with the greatest number of employees and who have been in operation the longest.  


For the purposes of the grant program, a microenterprise is a commercial enterprise that has five (5) or fewer employees, one or more of whom owns the enterprise.  The microenterprise owner’s gross annual family income may not exceed the applicable threshold, based on family size and city/town where you live (not where your business is located). The business must be physically located in Barrington.

Funds may be used for working capital to cover business costs, such as rent, staffing, and utilities.  MicroE funds may not be used for major equipment purchases, purchase of real property, construction activities, business expansion, or lobbying.

The first step is to contact the Town of Barrington’s Economic Development Officer at 247-1900 x365 (or dpagetrim@barrington.ri.gov) to discuss whether your business might qualify for assistance. Potential applicants then will need to complete a phone interview with Town staff to determine program eligibility.

[Note - the process has been revised (as of 4/30/20) as described below:]

Applicants that have successfully completed the phone screening will be notified by the Town by email of the completion of this step. Upon completion of the phone screening, the Town will refer each applicant to LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) Rhode Island for processing. While funding is available, grants will be awarded to applicants on a first-come, first-served basis in the order they are referred by the Town to LISC, subject to processing by LISC.


The Town will notify applicants as to the status of their applications at LISC – whether tentative approval has been granted; more information is needed; or the applicant has been determined to be ineligible  Applicants that receive tentative approval from LISC will need to enter into a business-municipality contract to receive the grant. Successful applicants will be required to submit quarterly reports for one year.

Program Documentation for Interested Applicants:

  1. Program Flyer - Description of Program, Eligibility Criteria, etc.

  2. Application Form

  3. Application Checklist

  4. Conflict of Interest Disclosure

  5. Certification Form and Public Record Notification

  6. Family Income Self-Certification Form

  7. Consent and Release Form - Nonpublic Personal Information

  8. Eligibility Information Sheet

  9. Program Update Report


Get the Latest:

Town and Public 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 14, 2020.

  • Meetings. Check website for meeting schedule updates. Meetings are to be held via teleconference and Zoom.

    • Governor Raimondo has issued Executive Order 20-05, allowing for certain public meetings to be held via phone or video conference as of 3/16/2020.

  • 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.

  • 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 collections have resumed.

  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.


  • 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.

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

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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Barrington, RI 02806-2406

Town Hall Hours:

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

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Phone: (401) 247-1900

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