Town of Kittery COVID-19 Information & Closures - Updated April 4, 2020

Town of Kittery COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update - April 4, 2020:

Governor Janet Mills has issued an Executive Order mandating a quarantine restriction on travelers arriving in Maine to protect public health and safety. The order is effective immediately and extends until at least April 30, 2020.

  • The Order mandates that, travelers arriving in Maine, regardless of their state of residency, are to self-quarantine for 14 days to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, effective immediately.
  • The Order also suspends lodging operations, including hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, inns, short-term rentals such as those available through VRBO/Airbnb, RV parks and campgrounds and all public and private camping facilities, effective April 5, 2020 at 12:00 PM. 

For more information on the Executive Order, please visit the Governor’s website, by clicking here.

Please be advised that the situation may change pending additional information and updates. Further updates will be provided to the community as we receive them.

For more information on Coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit the U.S. CDC's website, which can be found at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.


COVID-19 Update - April 3, 2020:

Resource Recycling Facility

The Resource Recovery Facility will be observing an updated temporary schedule change, in order to keep everyone safe and ensure proper social distancing at the facility.  Effective Monday, April 6, 2020, the Resource Recovery Facility will be open Monday through Thursday, from 7:15 AM - 3:15 PM and Friday from 7:15 AM - 5:00 PM. The facility will remain open for it’s regular operating hours through Saturday, April 4, 2020.

Residents are asked to do their part in following all updated signage and social distancing measures while at the facility.  The threat of COVID-19 is real, and it’s important that residents take precautions to avoid spreading the virus. Please maintain a safe social distance (6 feet) from staff and each other at all times, and remain inside vehicles unless depositing waste in the bins.  

Due to these measures, delays may be expected.  To reduce the potential for delays, residents are encouraged to sort plastics before arriving at the facility.  Pre-sorting of plastics will significantly reduce wait times during peak hours.

For more information on how to protect yourself against the spread of COVID-19, please visit the CDC’s website by clicking here.


COVID-19 Update - April 2, 2020:

For the latest update on Town of Kittery municpal office operations, please click here.


COVID-19 Update - April 1, 2020 Cont:

Resource Recovery Facility

The Resource Recovery Facility will be observing a temporary schedule change, in order to keep everyone safe and ensure proper social distancing at the facility.  Effective Monday, April 6, 2020, the Resource Recovery Facility will be open Monday through Friday, from 7:15 AM - 3:15 PM (See recent changes above). The facility will remain open for it’s regular operating hours through Saturday, April 4, 2020.

Residents are asked to do their part in following all updated signage and social distancing measures while at the facility.  The threat of COVID-19 is real, and it’s important that residents take precautions to avoid spreading the virus. Please maintain a safe social distance (6 feet) from staff and each other at all times, and remain inside vehicles unless depositing waste in the bins.  

Due to these measures, delays may be expected.  To reduce the potential for delays, residents are encouraged to sort plastics before arriving at the facility.  Pre-sorting of plastics will significantly reduce wait times during peak hours.

For more information on how to protect yourself against the spread of COVID-19, please visit the CDC’s website by clicking here.


COVID-19 Update - April 1, 2020:

Code Enforcement Office

Governor Janet Mills has issued a statewide Stay Healthy at Home Executive Order.  Only “construction and maintenance of essential infrastructure” is considered to be essential under this order.  

Due to this measure, all in-person, and on-site inspections have been suspended until further notice.  We encourage everyone to abide by the Executive Order to the greatest extent possible, but understand that some projects may be required to move forward.  

Photo or video inspections may be possible for urgent or emergency construction.  For further details, please contact the Code Enforcement Office by clicking here.

For more information on the Executive Order, please visit the Governor’s website, by clicking here.


COVID-19 Update - March 31, 2020 Cont:

Governor Janet Mills has issued a “Stay Healthy at Home” Executive Order mandating the following, effective April 2, 2020 at 12:01 AM through April 30, 2020:

  • People living in Maine are required to stay at home at all times unless for an essential job, or an essential personal reason, such as obtaining food, medicine, health care or other necessary purpose.

The Governor also mandated a series of other new restrictions, and extended the closure of restaurants and bars statewide for dine-in customers until at least April 30, 2020, to align with today’s Executive Order.

For more information on the Executive Order, including definitions of essential jobs and activities, please visit the Governor’s website, by clicking here.

Please be advised that the situation may change pending additional information and updates. Further updates will be provided to the community as we receive them.

For more information on Coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit the U.S. CDC's website, which can be found at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.


COVID-19 Update - March 31, 2020:

Resource Recovery Facility

To allow the Kittery Resource Recovery Facility to remain open, we ask that residents follow all updated signage and social distancing measures while at the facility.  At this time, the facility has been reduced to two lanes, with barricades positioned to allow for movement on both sides of vehicles. We ask that everyone visiting the facility maintain a safe social distance (6 feet) from staff and each other at all times, and remain inside your vehicles unless you are depositing waste in the bins.

Due to these measures, delays may be expected.  To reduce the potential for delays, residents are encouraged to sort plastics before arriving at the facility.  Pre-sorting of plastics will significantly reduce wait times during peak hours.

As a reminder, acceptable plastics:

  • #1 PET - All plastic bottles and jars, any color.
  • #2 HPDE Natural - Containers such as milk jugs, gallon sized water containers, and some juice containers.
  • #2 HPDE Colored - Containers such as laundry detergent, shampoo containers, and white milk jugs.
  • #5 Plastics - Containers such as yogurt cups, butter tubs, lids, caps and takeout containers. 

The Resource Recovery Facility does not accept drinking cups, straws or anything black.  These unacceptable materials can now go into household trash.

The Hazardous Waste section of the facility including the landfill and compost area are closed until further notice.  The Freebie Barn will remain closed until further notice as well.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as the health and safety of our staff, and the community is our top priority.

For more information on how to protect yourself against the spread of COVID-19, please visit the CDC’s website by clicking here.


COVID-19 Update - March 25, 2020:

Fire Department

Effective immediately, per Fire Chief David O’Brien, the Town of Kittery will no longer be issuing fire permits. This includes permits issued at the Kittery Police Department and permits issued through the Maine Online Burn Permit System. This is being done to ensure the safety of our firefighters.

Outdoor warming and cooking fires (campfires) are still allowed as they do not require a burn permit. Please ensure all warming and cooking fires are kept small, are using the proper fuels, are monitored 100% of the time and are extinguished completely after use. No outdoor warming and cooking fires will be allowed on any town owned/controlled property during this period.

We will continue to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, and will determine when burn permits will be available.

Resource Recovery Facility

The Kittery Resource Recovery Facility remains open at this time. The health and safety of our staff and the community is our top priority, so we ask that residents accessing the facility do their part by observing proper social distancing while disposing of waste. This means maintaining a safe social distance (6 feet) from staff and each other at all times, and remaining in your vehicle unless you are depositing waste in the bins.

The Hazardous Waste section of the facility, along with the Freebie Barn will remain closed until further notice.

For more information on how to protect yourself against the spread of COVID-19, please visit the CDC’s website by clicking here.


COVID-19 Update - March 24, 2020:

The Town Manager has issued an Emergency Proclamation, effective 12:00 AM on March 25, 2020 until further notice - Fort Foster, Seapoint Beach and Crescent Beach will be closed for public use.  Parking will be prohibted as posted around and near the entrances to these areas.

To view the Emergency Proclamation, please click here.


COVID-19 Update - March 23, 2020:

For a comprehensive list of resources and information related to the COVID-19 situation, please click here.


COVID-19 Update - March 18, 2020:

Governor Janet Mills has issued an Executive Order mandating the following, effective March 18, 2020 at 6:00 PM for a period of 14 days until midnight, March 31, 2020:

  • The closure of all dine-in facilities at all restaurants
    • All restaurants and bars shall close their dine-in facilities. Such businesses that offer carry-out, delivery, and drive-through food and beverage service may continue to do so but eating and drinking inside restaurants and bars is temporarily prohibited.
    • Such businesses offering carry-out, delivery, and drive-through food and beverage, should employ social distancing best practices and minimize the gathering of customers.

Residents are encouraged to continue to support Kittery establishments by purchasing take-out meals or by buying gift cards.  For a list of the restaurants offering take-out or delivery service, please click here.

  • The prohibition of gatherings of more than 10 people
    • Gatherings subject to this Order are those that are primarily social, personal, and discretionary events, not work-related events. Such gatherings include, without limitation, community, civic, public, leisure, faith-based events; social clubs; sporting events with spectators; concerts, conventions, fundraisers, parades, fairs, and festivals; and any similar event or activity in a venue such as an auditorium, stadium, arena, large conference room, meeting hall, theater, gymnasium, fitness center or private club.

The Governor’s Order will be reviewed prior to its expiration date for a determination of the need for revision and renewal.

We appreciate voluntary compliance from Kittery’s establishments and recognize the difficult burdens these prohibitions place on businesses and their employees.

The Town of Kittery will be monitoring establishments and will take appropriate action if, and when needed.

In addition, Governor Mills strongly urged non-essential public-facing businesses, such as gyms, hair salons, theatres, casinos, shopping malls, to close their doors for the next two weeks to minimize public gatherings.

This does not include businesses that provide essential services including, but not limited to: food processing, agriculture, industrial manufacturing, construction, trash collection, grocery and household goods (including convenience stores), home repair and hardware and auto repair, pharmacy and other medical facilities, biomedical and health care, child care, post offices and shipping outlets, insurance, banks, gas stations, laundromats, veterinary clinics and animal feed and supply stores, shipping stores, public transportation, and hotel and commercial lodging.

Although these businesses may remain open, Governor Mills strongly urged Maine people to implement social distancing measures and to be thoughtful about the need to visit these businesses.

Local businesses and restaurants are asked to follow CDC guidelines to help reduce the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Reduced hours, take-out/delivery service, and other measures are strongly encouraged during this time.

Please be advised that the situation may change pending additional information and updates. Further updates will be provided to the community as we receive them.

For more information on Coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit the U.S. CDC's website, which can be found at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.

If you have questions, please contact Kendra Amaral at 207-475-1329 or kamaral@kitteryme.org.


COVID-19 Update Cont. - March 17, 2020:

The HAZMAT/Landfill portion of the Resource Recovery Facility will be closed effective immediately, through March 29, 2020.  Dates are subject to change as the situation warrants. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

The rest of the facility will remain open as long as it is safe to staff it.


COVID-19 Update - March 17, 2020:

Effective March 17, 2020 at 6:00 PM through April 5, 2020, Town of Kittery non-essential municipal operations will be closed. We will continue to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, follow guidance from State and Federal agencies, and will determine when to reopen to the public.

  • The Resource Recovery Facility will remain open as long as it is safe to staff the facility.
    • The Freebie Barn will remain closed at this time.
  • For the convenience and safety of the public The Town of Kittery offers many options for completing business online. Access to forms, documents, requests and more can be found by using the “Online Services” button on our homepage, located at www.kitteryme.gov or by clicking here.
    • Town Hall staff will have limited access to voicemail and e-mail during the closure, but will continue to respond to submissions and requests as they are able to.
    • For a complete staff directory, please visit www.kitteryme.gov/staffdirectory or click here.
    • Residents are encouraged to stay up to date on the latest COVID-19 updates by subscribing to E-Alerts using the “Subscribe to E-alerts” button on our homepage or by clicking here.
  • All board and committee meetings will be cancelled or postponed until after March 29, 2020, including the Town Council, School Committee and Planning Board. Public hearings will be rescheduled to a future date.
    • For those interested in catching up on previous meetings, the Town of Kittery website offers a full archive of board and committee meetings and workshops. The video archive can be found by using the “Meeting Video Archive” button on our homepage or by clicking here.
  • The Community Center will be closed through April 5, 2020. This includes the Kittery Forest Preschool (formerly EOTW) and the SAFE Afterschool Programs, the Fitness Room and walking track.
  • The Rice Public Library will be closed through April 5, 2020. As always, patrons can access many materials and services online.
    • For more information on the Rice Public Library, please visit their website, located at www.rice.lib.me.us/.

Local businesses and restaurants are asked to follow CDC guidelines to help reduce the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Reduced hours, take-out/delivery service, and other measures are strongly encouraged during this time.

Please be advised that the situation may change pending additional information and updates. Chief David O’Brien is leading the Town’s emergency management response and will continue maintaining regular communication with staff, community stakeholders, and state officials to stay abreast of the situation. Further updates will be provided to the community as we receive them.

For more information on Coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit the U.S. CDC's website, which can be found at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.

If you have questions, please contact Kendra Amaral at 207-475-1329 or kamaral@kitteryme.org


COVID-19 Update - March 15, 2020:

The Resource Recovery Facility will remain open.  If the situation changes and we are unable to safely staff it, another update will be posted at that time.

The Freebie Barn will be closed for the time being.

COVID-19 Update - March 14, 2020:

The Town of Kittery’s pandemic plan is designed to coordinate with the Kittery School Department when practicable. Our shared goal is to keep our community safe by reducing the risk of exposure to and incidents of COVID-19 in our community.

The Kittery School Department announced today it will be closing schools for two weeks beginning March 16, 2020.

In keeping with our pandemic plans, various town operations will follow suit.  No direct customer contact will take place during this time. We are closely monitoring both the pandemic status in Maine and in Portsmouth and will make additional decisions, and provide updates as the situation warrants.

  • The Kittery Community Center, including all preschool and afterschool programming will be closed for two weeks, beginning March 16, 2020, through March 29, 2020.
  • The Rice Public Library will be closed for two weeks, beginning March 16, 2020, through March 29, 2020.
  • Kittery Town Hall will be closed to customers for two weeks, beginning, March 16, 2020, through March 29, 2020.
    • Many online services are available to assist with licensing, permitting, vital record requests, online payments and more.  Online services can be accessed by visiting http://www.kitteryme.gov/home/pages/online-services or clicking here.
    • To assist customers who are unable to access online services, applications and requests including, but not limited to, vital record requests, liquor and victualer's applications, and building permits will be available in hard copy in the Town Hall lobby.  These documents can be completed and submitted in the drop-box at Town Hall.
    • Customers may also call in to Town Hall to receive service and make payments via phone.
  • If residents have additional special needs that require monitoring by public safety, they are encouraged to sign-up by filling out the Fire Department inclement Weather Special Needs form available at www.kitteryme.gov/specialneedsrequest or by clicking here.

Town Hall staff will be available, and actively responding to phone calls and emails during this time.  If the service you need cannot be found online, please contact Town Hall Staff at 207-439-0452 and they will assist you to the best of their ability.  Additional accommodations will be made on a case-by-case basis.

For a full list of staff phone numbers and emails, please visit the Town Hall directory which can be found at: http://www.kitteryme.gov/home/pages/phone-directory or by clicking here.

The Town of Kittery continues to encourage the public to stay up to date on the latest information from the Town by signing up for E-Alerts at www.kitteryme.gov/subscribe or by clicking here, and from the Maine Centers for Disease Control, at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov or by clicking here.


COVID-19 Update - March 11, 2020:

The Town of Kittery is actively monitoring updates from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with the Maine CDC regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Our first responders and public safety staff continue to receive information and participate in safety briefings with the Maine CDC. Town employees have been provided with guidance to pretect themselves and the public.

The Town of Kittery has protocols in place and is prepared to respond as conditions warrant.  The Town will be making decisions based on the most recent information available and will post updates regarding events, meetings and public activities as soon as new information is available.

Residents are encouraged to visit the Maine CDC page for the latest on the situation by clicking here.

What is COVID-19:

COVID-19 is a novel (new) coronavirus which was first detected in December 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has now been detected in other countries, including the United States.

For some, the respiratory virus causes mild symptoms like the common cold or influenza (flu), for others it can cause severe pneumonia that requires medical care or hospitalization.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of COVID-19 may include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Sore throat (in some patients)

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.  Most patients experience mild symptoms and can recuperate at home, but others, particularly those with underlying medical conditions, may experience more severe respiratory illness.

How does it spread?

  • There are simple steps you can take to reduce the possible spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses such as influenza and the common cold:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Stay home while you're sick and avoid close contact with others
  • Currently there is no vaccine available to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

What should I do if I have symptoms?

Call ahead to a health care professional if you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing. Tell your health care professional about any recent travel or contact with other COVID-19 cases. Your healthcare professional will work with Maine CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.

More information is available on the U.S. CDC's What You Should Know page which can be be found by clicking here.

See attached documents for additional resources regarding COVID-19.