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​​November 20, 2020


Town Manager's Weekly COVID-19 Update 




Dear Barrington Residents, Businesses, and Community Partners:

I hope you are doing well and staying safe.  


Rhode Island’s healthcare system is at record capacity due to the influx of cases of COVID-19; currently at 97% capacity with 298 hospitalized due to the coronavirus, according to the R.I. Department of Health.


I cannot stress enough the need for residents to limit the amount of people they are in contact with and the number of places they are going on a daily basis. Please plan for small Thanksgiving gatherings limited to your household.


With the rise in cases, the Governor has announced a two-week “pause” with new closures and restrictions – some are immediate, and others will begin November 30th.

  • Effective immediately, social gatherings are limited to those within your household.

  • Stay-at-home advisory continues:

    • 10 p.m. – 5 a.m. Sunday - Thursday

    • 10:30 p.m. - 5 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.


The following changes are in place from November 30 – December 13:


These new restrictions present additional barriers for small businesses, during a time when they are already struggling. I strongly urge residents to Shop Local this year. Please follow the East Bay Chamber of Commerce for information and events.


Over the next three weeks, please keep health care workers and small businesses in mind. If individuals refuse to follow the guidelines, they are putting health care workers lives and the livelihoods of small businesses at risk. Let’s come together to overcome this virus!  



  • The online application form, webpage, and FAQs are now available for the relief program for restaurants and bars here.

  • Box stores will be required to have a plan in place to handle the expected increase in holiday and Black Friday customers.

  • For more assistance programs, please visit the Business section below.


Closure of Barrington Municipal Buildings:

  • Effective Monday, November 30th, Town Hall and the Department of Public Works will be closed to visitors.

  • Hours of operation will remain the same and assistance is available by calling (401) 247-1900.

  • Appointments can be made for real estate recordings, marriage licenses, and other essential transactions.  Tax payments can be made by on-line.

  • Residents are encouraged to use USPS or the drop box, located at the Finance entrance, for correspondence, applications or payments.



October 15, 2020 (Updated 10/30/20)


Grant Program for Provides Items Needed to "Take It Outside" in Barrington

The Town of Barrington is making certain items available free of charge to businesses and other eligible entities through the Take It Outside Initiative to be utilized in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency to help sustain operations. Grant funds awarded by RI Commerce to the Town will allow the Town to acquire outdoor heaters, outdoor lighting, and other eligible items associated with utilizing outdoor spaces to provide additional seating, serving, sales and gathering areas. In order to begin the grant process, carefully read the program overview (revised 10/30/20).


Events, Alerts, Job Openings, Etc.

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

Apply to "Adopt-A-Spot"

The Adopt-A-Spot program was created to meet a need of our community. The program allows volunteers to keep a portion of public areas beautified and properly maintained. Volunteers are allowed to adopt a spot that is important to them, their families, and their community. All public spaces are eligible for adoption such as: traffic islands, medians, and town owned lots, streets, and parks.

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.

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



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.

E-Permitting Available: Building, Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing, and More


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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