Communication to Residents (COVID-19)
Municipal buildings are closed to the public through at least April 8th. We will continue to monitor the situation and will provide schedule updates as necessary.
Executive Order 19: An Order Regarding Essential Businesses and Operations - Governor Mills issued an Executive Order on Tuesday, March 25th mandating that all non-essential businesses and operations in Maine close their physical locations that are public facing, meaning those that allow customer, vendor or other in-person contact. The Order also closes non-essential business sites that require more than ten workers to convene in a space where physical distancing is not possible. Non-essential businesses and operations may continue activities that do not involve these types of in-person contact and convenings, and should facilitate the maximum number of employees working remotely. The Order is effective March 25, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. and extends for a period of 14 days through April 8, 2020 at 12:00 a.m.
Vehicle Registrations -- Please be aware that under Governor Mills’ Executive Order 18: "An Order Extending Compliance Dates Under Certain Motor Vehicle Laws", motor vehicle and trailer registrations (including temporary registrations) that expire DURING the state of emergency (which began March 15th) will be extended until 30 days following the termination of the state of emergency.
Property Taxes -- The Town Council voted to extend the property tax due date by one month to May 15th. The Town Council recognizes that individuals and families are struggling financially and this change is aimed at providing some measure of relief.
Trash Bags -- On Monday, March 30, 2020, the Town Council voted to temporarily suspend the pay-as-you-throw program. This means you can use other types of trash bags instead of the blue bags for your trash. However, if it is not an economic hardship for you to purchase the blue bags, the Council strongly encourages you to continue using them.
CLICK HERE to read the Emergency Proclamation and Order of the Town Manager dated March 30, 2020 and extending through April 6, 2020.
CLICK HERE to read the Emergency Proclamation and Order of the Town Manager dated March 23, 2020. Brunswick adopts civil state of emergency, effective shelter-in-place order. Under the order, all stores or businesses outside of a list of 27 "essential" industries, must close. The order lasts for 7 days and is renewable.
CLICK HERE for the press release from the Town of Brunswick dated March 17, 2020. In summary, all municipal buildings will be closed to the public effective at noon on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 and will remain closed through at least March 27th (subject to extension). Employees will work to serve the public by e-mail, telephone and through the website.
CLICK HERE for the press release from the Town of Brunswick dated March 16, 2020. In summary, Brunswick Public Schools, Recreation Center, Visitors Center, Curtis Memorial Library, and People Plus are closed through March 27th -- if not beyond.
CLICK HERE for the Town of Brunswick COVID-19 Response and Protocols as of March 16, 2020.
Brunswick Explorer -- Reduced services to one bus running from 8AM to 6PM until Friday, March 27th. The bus will run eastbound starting at Mallard Pond on even hours and westbound starting from Sweetser on odd hours per the scheduled stops/checkpoint times. CLICK HERE for the most up to date information concerning the Brunswick Explorer Transportation Service.
About Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Novel coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) is a virus that recently emerged in December 2019 in China. Like the flu, it primarily affects the lungs and includes symptoms such as fever, cough & shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. While some cases can be mild, some persons may develop more serious complications, and in some cases the virus can be fatal.
Friday, March 13th, President Trump declared a national emergency over coronavirus. Under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act which was signed into law in 1988, declaring a national emergency triggers aid that provides states and localities with financial, technical, and logistical support during emergency events that overwhelm their capacity to respond. Under the Stafford Act, the government will assist Maine in handling the situation.
Sunday, March 15th, Governor Mills declared a state of emergency, giving the state access to federal funding as well as providing the administration more flexibility to respond to the outbreak. Read the news release from Governor Mills office.
These simple precautions will help prevent the spread of the flu and other respiratory illnesses:
- Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, using a tissue or the inside of your elbow
- Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and warm water frequently and use hand sanitizer
- If you have a fever or feel sick, stay home and call your healthcare provider
COVID-19 Questions & Answers:
- What you need to know about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)? CDC Fact Sheet #1
- What are some of the facts about COVID-19? CDC Fact Sheet# 2
- How can I prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like COVID-19? COVID-19 Stop Spread of Germs
- What are the symptoms of COVID-19? COVID-19 Symptoms
- What should I do if I get sick with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)? Sick with COVID-19 - Best Practices
- How is the CDC preparing and protecting communities? COVID-19 CDC Preparation