Town of Kittery COVID-19 Information & Closures

Town of Kittery COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update - October 22, 2020:

The deadline for Phase II of the Maine Economic Recovery Grant Program has been extended to October 29, 2020.

For more information, please click here.


COVID-19 Update - September 23, 2020:

The state of Maine has announced the launch of Phase II of the Maine Economic Recovery Grant Program, providing financial relief to small businesses and nonprofits in Maine. Eligibility for the grant program has been expanded. 

The online application portal will open for Phase II on September 23, 2020 and remain open until October 23, 2020.

Join the Department of Economic and Community Development for an informational webinar on Phase II of the Economic Recovery Grant Program.  The informational webinar will provide you with the information required to apply for the grant program.

Informational webinar dates:

  • Wednesday, September 23 at 9:00 AM
  • Thursday, September 24 at 11:00 AM

To register for the informational webinar, please click here.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

  • For more information on the program, including eligibility criteria, application instructions and more, please click here.
  • To complete the online application, please click here. (the application will be available on 9/23)
  • To set-up or verify a DUNS number, please click here. (required for the application)

Town staff is available to provide local businesses with application assistance for the state’s grant program.

For assistance, please contact Director of Planning & Development, Adam Causey at acausey@kitteryme.org or 207-475-1307.


COVID-19 Update - September 2, 2020:

Effective Tuesday, September 8, 2020, Fort Foster will be open on weekends only.

  • Parking will be prohibited within 75 feet of the gate to provide safe turn-around space for vehicles.  
  • Parking will be available on the outbound side of Pocahontas Road.
  • Parking will be prohibited on the inbound side of Pocahontas Road.

Per CDC guidelines, dogs must be on leash at Fort Foster at all times.

Please observe all signage to insure safe social distancing in the parking lots, trails, and open areas. Face masks are recommended for all visitors.

For more information about protecting yourself and others from COVID-19 while visiting parks and recreational facilities, please click here.


COVID-19 Update - August 25, 2020:

Kittery’s small businesses have been hit hard by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Now, there is a new program aimed to help struggling small businesses attempt to recover from the economic downturn. 

The state of Maine has announced the Maine Economic Recovery Grant Program, providing financial relief to small businesses and nonprofits in Maine. Businesses with 50 employees or fewer are eligible to apply. 

The application deadline is September 9, 2020. 

  • For more information on the program, including eligibility criteria, application instructions and more, please click here.
  • To complete the online application, please click here.
  • To set-up or verify a DUNS number, please click here. (required for the application)

Town staff is available to provide local businesses with application assistance for the state’s grant program.  

For assistance, please contact Director of Planning & Development, Adam Causey at acausey@kitteryme.org or 207-475-1307.


COVID-19 Update - August 17, 2020:

The Town of Kittery is Open for Business!

The Town of Kittery has launched a brand new PSA, in collaboration with the York Region Chamber of Commerce and the Town of York. 

Watch the video below to see how restaurants and businesses in Kittery and York are practicing social distancing and serving customers and diners safely.


COVID-19 Update - July 22, 2020:

The Town of Kittery invites artists and/or designers to project their imagination and creativity onto the concrete barriers in the Foreside, to transform them into public art.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Town of Kittery, in partnership with local stakeholders and the business community, reconfigured segments of its roadway and pedestrian infrastructure to accommodate businesses to extend their operations on town sidewalks.  To do so, the Town put concrete barriers into the streets to protect pedestrians and patrons on the new sidewalks.

Artists and designers interested in contributing to this public art effort are encouraged to complete the newly launched Street Barrier Beautification Application, to propose their creative design ideas for the barriers.  

To download the application, please click here.  All completed applications should be submitted to Town Planner, Bart McDonough via email at bmcdonough@kitteryme.org or by mail to the Town of Kittery Planning and Development Department, 200 Rogers Road, KIttery, ME 03904.

The Town will be reviewing applications, beginning by July 30, 2020.


COVID-19 Update - May 29, 2020:

The Planning and Code Office will resume services by appointment only, beginning Monday, June 1, 2020. To make an appointment, please contact 207-475-1304.

Upon arriving at Town Hall, customers will be asked to call the Planning and Code office, or the staff member they have an appointment with, and they will be met outside to be escorted into the office.

Customers are encouraged to continue utilizing online services whenever possible, as well as phone and email. For more information on the Planning and Code Office, please click here.


COVID-19 Update - May 28, 2020 Cont.:

Fort Foster

Fort Foster will open for regular hours, effective June 8, 2020. The gate will be open daily from 10:00 AM to dusk or 8:00 PM (whichever comes first).

The park will be open to all valid seasonal and day pass holders.  Please note that no cash transactions will occur at the gate at this time.

  • Seasonal passes are available for purchase at the Town Hall Customer Service Center, and online by clicking here. 
  • Day passes are only available online, by clicking here.  

Parking outside of the gate will remain restricted on Pocahontas Road to provide safe turn-around space for vehicles and to avoid unsafe conditions at the gate.

During this phase:

  • Beaches and playground will be open.
    • The playground will not be disinfected.  Visitors are advised to use at the playground at their own risk.
  • Portable toilets will be available.
  • Pavilions will remain closed.

To prevent unintended contact with other visitors, dogs must be leashed at Fort Foster at all times.

Signage will remind visitors to observe safe social distancing in the parking lots, trails, and open areas. Face masks are recommended for all visitors.

Seapoint & Crescent Beaches

Seapoint Beach and Crescent Beach will be open, effective June 8, 2020.

Per Kittery town ordinance, dogs are prohibited on the beach between 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, June 15 - September 10.  To prevent unintended contact with other visitors, dogs must be on leash at all other times.

The Town is reopening public spaces in accordance with the Governor’s guidelines. Changes may occur as the Governor’s guidelines change, or if conditions make it unsafe for visitors and staff.


COVID-19 Update - May 28, 2020:

Town of Kittery Harbor

The State of Maine has provided further clarification regarding out-of-state mooring holders and out-of-state boaters looking to access facilities and their boats at this time:

Out-of-state mooring holders and out-of-state boaters can access facilities, their boats and launch boats from facilities in Maine, but they cannot engage with others while doing so. If out-of-state boaters intend to use local businesses or services in Kittery, they must quarantine for 14 days in Maine in accordance with the Governor’s order before doing so.

We would like to thank the State of Maine for the clarification on this matter.

COVID-19 Update - May 26, 2020:

The Resource Recovery Facility (KRRF) will resume normal hours and activities beginning Tuesday, June 2, 2020.  Customers will be expected to maintain social distancing while at the windows.

Effective June 2, 2020:

  • Hours of operation for household trash and recycling: Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
  • Hours of operation for resource recovery and hazardous waste: Wednesday and Saturday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

The freebie barn will remain closed at this time.

Residents looking to get a KRRF sticker can now do so in-person at the Town Hall Customer Service Center, Monday through Thursday from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM or contact-free by clicking here and applying online.

Please note: the Resource Recovery Facility will continue to observe it’s temporary COVID-19 schedule, from now through the end of May, 2020.


COVID-19 Update - May 13, 2020:

Governor Janet Mills has issued an Executive Order “Regarding Certain Municipal and Taxation Matters”.  The new order, effective May 12, 2020, orders the following:

  • A vehicle required to be registered in this State for which a registration expires or has expired must be registered within 30 days of the effective date of this Order.
  • “Vehicle” includes without limitation a motor vehicle, all-terrain vehicle, watercraft, snowmobile and trailer and “registration” includes temporary registrations.

For more information on the Governor’s Executive Order, please click here.

Registering Vehicles in Kittery
 

Contact-free options

  • Previously registered vehicles can be reregistered online by clicking here.
  • Vehicles purchased from a dealership, can be processed by the Town Clerk via mail. 
    • To use this service, complete the New Vehicle Registration form and mail it to Town Hall. The form can be found on the Town Clerk's page by clicking here.
    • The Town Clerk’s Office will confirm receipt of each request by phone or email and communicate with the applicant regarding applicable fees.

Town Hall option

  • The Kittery Town Hall Customer Service counter is now open during regular business hours, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Monday through Thursday, to assist residents with vehicle registrations.
  • Residents are asked not to get in line at Town Hall unless they have all necessary vehicle registration documentation with them.
    • For more information on documentation required when registering or renewing a vehicle, please click here.

If you have questions, or require additional information on vehicle registrations, please contact Jillian Marshall at 207-475-1313 or jmarshall@kitteryme.org.


COVID-19 Update - May 7, 2020:

The Kittery Town Hall will reopen for limited services beginning Monday, May 11, 2020.  The Customer Service counter will be open during regular business hours, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Monday through Thursday, to process vehicle registrations, boat registrations, marriage licenses, issue KRRF stickers, and Fort Foster passes.

For more information on the reopening of Town Hall, including services and resources that can be accessed online, please click here.


COVID-19 Update - May 2, 2020:

In accordance with the Governor’s Stage 1 Reopening Guidelines, The Town of Kittery will begin reopening public spaces and services.

The Kittery Resource Recovery Facility (KRRF) will be open on Saturday, May 9, 2020 and Saturday, May 23, 2020 from 7:15 AM to 3:15 PM for hazardous waste and landfill items only. Waste gas, waste oil, waste antifreeze and paints will not be accepted.

Regular trash and recycling disposal will be closed on these days to facilitate the drop off and processing of hazardous waste and landfill materials.

Signage will remind visitors to observe safe social distancing from staff and other customers. Customers will be required to wear face masks when they are not in their vehicles.

The Town is resuming limited service in accordance with the Governor’s guidelines. Changes may occur as the Governor’s guidelines change or if conditions make it unsafe for customers and staff.


COVID-19 Update - May 2, 2020 Cont:

In accordance with the Governor’s Stage 1 Reopening Guidelines, The Town of Kittery will begin reopening public spaces and services.

Fort Foster will open for limited access starting Saturday, May 9, 2020. The gate will be open daily from 8AM to 4PM.

Visitors must have a current or last year’s KRRF (dump) sticker or show proof of residency to access Fort Foster.

During this phase:

  • There will be no fee for entrance.
  • Day passes and walk-ins will not be permitted.
  • The bathrooms, beaches, the playground, and pavilions will remain closed.
  • The Dive Beach parking will be closed.

To achieve proper social distancing only 90 vehicles will be allowed in the park at any time. Vehicles must park 10 feet apart to allow for safe distancing from other visitors.  If 90 vehicles are in the park, the next visitor-vehicle will have to wait for a car to exit before being permitted to enter. Parking outside of the gate will remain prohibited to provide safe turn-around space for vehicles and to avoid unsafe conditions at the gate.

To prevent unintended contact with other visitors, dogs must be leashed in Fort Foster at all times.

Signage will remind visitors to observe safe social distancing in the parking lots, trails, and open areas. Face masks are recommended for all visitors.

The Town is reopening the park in accordance with the Governor’s guidelines. Changes may occur as the Governor’s guidelines change, or if conditions make it unsafe for visitors and staff.


COVID-19 Update - April 30, 2020:

Governor Janet Mills has issued the “Stay Safer at Home” Executive Order.  The new order is effective immediately and extends through May 31, 2020, subject to change.For more information on the Executive Order, please visit the Governor's website by clicking here.


COVID-19 Update - April 28, 2020 Cont:

Beginning Tuesday, April 28, 2020 the Town Clerk’s Office will be assisting residents with the registration of new vehicles.  The new registration process will be contact free, in an effort to keep both the public and staff safe during the State of Emergency related to COVID-19.

To register a new vehicle:

  • Complete the Motor Vehicle New Registration Form, located here. 
  • Mail the completed form, along with all required documentation to the Town of Kittery, located at 200 Rogers, Road, Kittery, ME 03904.

The Town Clerk’s Office will confirm receipt of each request by phone or email and communicate with the applicant regarding applicable fees.

This form is for new registrations of vehicles purchased through a dealership only.  Private sales and state-to-state transfers will be need to be processed in-person, once Town Hall has reopened for customer service.

If you have questions, or need additional information, please contact Jillian Marshall at 207-475-1311 or jmarshall@kitteryme.org.


COVID-19 Update - April 28, 2020:

Open burning will be allowed in Kittery, beginning May 1, 2020.  Permits are required and may be obtained online at maineburnpermit.com.  Permits will not be available at Kittery Dispatch. 

Warming and cooking fires (campfires) do not require a burn permit, however burning brush or leaves in a fire pit is not considered a warming or cooking fire and therefore, does require a permit. 

The State of Maine sets a Fire Danger Level, daily. Permits will not be issued on days classified as “high” or beyond high.  Permits are issued through the State for 48 hours.  Due to this, it may be possible to receive a permit on a low/moderate class day and have the class change to “high” the next day.  The permittee is required to verify the class day after 9:00 am on each day of burning.


COVID-19 Update - April 27, 2020:

The situation with COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving situation, and the Town of Kittery is continuing to work diligently to provide the public with important updates and information.  Through email, phone calls, our website and across social media, we've heard your questions related to Town Hall, municipal operations and more - and we're here to answer them.

For answers to many frequently asked questions, please read the Town of Kittery COVID-19 FAQ by clicking here.  This document will be updated as the situation changes, and new information is available. 


COVID-19 Update - April 14, 2020:

The Kittery Council approved the postponement of Kittery’s Secret Ballot and School Budget Referendum to coincide with the State Primary Election, currently scheduled for July 14, 2020. No polling will take place on June 9, 2020.

Governor Janet Mills has issued an Executive Order moving Maine's primary election from Tuesday, June 9, 2020 to Tuesday, July 14, 2020. The order is effective immediately.

  • The Order allows applications for absentee ballots to be made in writing or in person, without specifying a reason, up to and including the day of the election.
  • The Order extends the deadline for qualifying contributions under the Maine Clean Election Act to May 19, 2020.

For more information about local elections please visit the Town Clerk’s Elections/Voting page by clicking here.  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 10, 2020:

As part of the Town's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, firefighters and apparatus normally stationed at the Lewis Square Station in Kittery Point were moved to the Gorges Road Station on the Route 1 Bypass.  This was necessary to provide adequate supervision to ensure firefighter safety, to distribute personal protective equipment in an efficient manner and to ensure the Lewis Square Station remains uncontaminated in the event that the Gorges Road Station becomes contaminated and must be vacated for cleaning. 

These changes in operation will not negatively affect the quality of service for the residents of Kittery and the Fire Department stands ready to respond to any, and all emergencies.


COVID-19 Update - April 7, 2020:

In an effort to work with residents who may be experiencing adverse effects as a result of the COVID-19 emergency, the Town Council has approved the following changes related to real estate and personal property taxes, sewer charges and mooring fees. 

  • The tax payment due date has been extended to July 15, 2020 to assist with those who may be experiencing financial difficulty as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • All interest accruals for outstanding balances have been suspended as of April 3, 2020.
  • Interest accruals will resume on July 16, 2020.

COVID-19 Update - April 6, 2020:

Effective March 31, 2020, Governor Janet Mills signed an Executive Order extending the April 1, 2020 application deadline for certain property exemptions.

  • The Executive Order extends the April 1, 2020 deadline to either the commitment date of the municipality, or 30 days after the termination of the declared emergency, whichever occurs first.

For more information on the Executive Order, please click here.


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.