Coronavirus Resource Page

3/31/2020 Update: Governor Mills has issued a "stay healthy at home" Mandate. The Order takes effect at 12:02 a.m. on April 2, 2020. Learn More

3/27/2020 Update: The City has released a press release extending the closure of most City-operated buildings to April 27, 2020. Learn More

3/26/2020 Update: Governor Mills has extended state income tax payment deadline to July 15, 2020. Learn More

3/24/2020 Update: Governor Mills has ordered further steps to protect public health, issuing another Executive Order. Learn More

3/19/2020 Update: The City Manager and Council Chair wrote the following letter to Senators Collins and King, and Representatives Golden and Pingree with concerns regarding BIW's continued operations during the COVID-19 pandemic: View Letter

3/18/2020 Update: Governor Janet Mills has issued an Executive Order. Learn More

3/17/2020 Update: The City of Bath has declared a civil state of emergency. Learn More

3/16/2020 Update: The City has taken some steps to prevent transmission of illness by closing or restricting access to some City facilities. Please Click Here to view the press release.

 

3/31/2020 Executive Order Impact

Governor Janet Mills today issued a series of substantial new mandates to protect public health and safety in the face of COVID-19, including a Stay Healthy at Home directive that requires people living in Maine 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 purposes.

The Governor also mandated a series of other new restrictions, including:

  • For essential businesses and operations that remain open, limiting the number of customers in their buildings at any one time, implementing curb-side pickup and delivery options as much as possible, and enforcing U.S. CDC-recommended physical distancing requirements for their customers and employees in and around their facilities.
  • Prohibiting the use of public transportation unless for an essential reason or job that cannot be done from home and limiting the number of people traveling in private vehicles to persons within the immediate household unless transporting for essential activities.
  • Mandating the continued termination of classroom or other in-person instruction until at least May 1, 2020.
  • Mandating that, when out of the home or when at work at an essential business, individuals shall maintain a minimum distance of six feet from other persons.

The Executive Order takes effect at 12:01 a.m. on April 2, 2020 and will last until at least April 30, 2020. The Governor may amend, rescind, or renew this timeline at her discretion. The Governor also 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.

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Property Tax Exemption Application Deadline Extended at of 4/1/2020:

Ordinarily, applications for certain property tax exemptions would be submitted by April 1 to be effective for a municipality’s property tax commitment. Now, 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. The extended application deadline includes the following property tax exemptions: Property of Institutions and Organizations (36 M.R.S. § 652); Estates of Veterans (36 M.R.S. § 653(1)(G)); Solar and Wind Energy Equipment (36 M.R.S. §§ 655(1)(U) and 656(1)(K)); Exemption of Homesteads (36 M.R.S. § 684(1)); and Exemption of Business Equipment (“BETE”) (36 M.R.S. § 693(1))."

In Bath, the commitment date is generally the end of August. Thus, Bath property owners may apply for Homestead, Veterans and Solar exemptions until the end of August, or 30 days after the end of the emergency. Business owners whose business personal property is eligible for the Business Equipment Tax Exemption (BETE) program also have an extension.


Information and Updates

The City continues to closely monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19). Residents with questions and concerns should consult with the most up-to-date information being provided by the U.S. and Maine Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Maine CDC website: https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/airborne/coronavirus.shtml
U.S. CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html

The Maine CDC is also offering specific guidelines for different groups:

211 Maine is also providing 24/7 CDC updates on coronavirus. You can access these updated by calling 211 (or 1-866-811-5695) or texting “your zip code” to 898211.


Prevention 

Per the Maine CDC: the best thing that Maine people can do to protect their health is to take the same preventive measures that help to avoid catching a cold. Wash your hands often, cover coughs and sneezes and stay home if you are sick. For more prevention measures, please Click Here.


What to Do When Sick

Call ahead: If you are ill and are concerned that you have contracted COVID-19, the first thing you should do is call your healthcare provider. Traveling outside your home unnecessarily may increase the risk to others. For more guidelines, please Click Here.
If your situation is life-threatening, call 911.


Accessing City Services

General:

Effective Monday, March 16, at 4:30 p.m., all City buildings will be closed to the general public until at least Monday, April 27. No committee meetings or outside groups will be able to use City buildings during this time. We encourage the public to take advantage of our online and over-the-phone services until offices can reopen:

**30 day extension on registrations, beginning AFTER the termination of Maine's State of Emergency**
Vehicles and trailers. Notwithstanding the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 29-A, chapter 5 or any other law or municipal charter provision or ordinance to the contrary, a registration, including a temporary registration, of a vehicle, including, without limitation, a motor vehicle, all-terrain vehicle, watercraft or snowmobile, or a trailer required to be registered in this State that expires during the period of a state of emergency declared by the Governor in accordance with Title 37-B, section 742 due to the outbreak of COVID-19 is deemed extended until 30 days following the termination of the state of emergency.

Bath CityBus

The Bath CityBus will continue to be out of service until Monday, April 27. For more information, please call 207-443-8363. 

Parks & Recreation Department:

The Bath Parks & Recreation Department is postponing all programs, events, and meetings until at least Monday, April 27. Likewise, the Bath Youth Meetinghouse & Skatepark is also closed until April 27.

For detailed, up-to-the-minute information, including information about parks and cemetery operations, please Click Here

Landfill:

The Bath Landfill will continued to be closed to the public until Monday, April 27. The City’s curbside collection of trash and recycling will continue as normal. 

For more information, please call 207-443-8356. 

Curbside Collection of Trash and Recycling

If you are working or practicing social distancing at home, you may find yourself generating unusual items in your waste stream and you might wonder about recycling. Our curbside recycling program is operating normally and the rules have not changed:

  • Wash food out of containers
  • Plastic wraps and bags (films) are not recyclable curbside but may be at grocery stores if clean and dry.
  • Use the drop off kiosks for food waste to keep it out of your trash and create energy and compost.
  • Ask your local take-out restaurant to use compostable containers so they can be tossed with the food.
  • Wipes (anti-bacterial or not) and paper towels cannot be recycled and should be placed in your trash. Also do not flush these items in your toilet.
  • Office paper used at home is recyclable with other paper in your curbside bin. Remember to use both sides.

Learn more about curbside collection here.


Public Meetings

The City will begin holding meetings, including City Council and Planning Board, via video conference during the month of April. Details for public participation in those meetings will be made available in the online event postings. City Council and Planning Board meetings will still be broadcast live on Bath Community Television (Channel 14) and BCTV On Demand (https://www.cityofbath.com/bctv-on-demand).


Business Resources

Unemployment insurance FAQs: https://www.maine.gov/labor/news_events/article.shtml?id=2241241

Department of Labor resource list: https://www.maine.gov/labor/covid19/

Small business guidance and loan resources: https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources

Down East Maine Business Support Directory: https://downeast.com/maine-business-support-form/


Community Events

We are supporting the Governor’s recommendation to postpone all events with 50 or more people all gatherings of more than 10 that include individuals who are at higher risk for severe illness, such as seniors, until further notice. If you are planning on attending an event or visiting a public space in the coming weeks, we suggest that you contact the venue ahead of time. 


Food Resources

RSU1 Schools

All RSU1 students can pick up a breakfast or lunch at one of four locations:

  • Dike-Newell
  • Fisher Mitchell
  • Phippsburg Elementary School
  • Woolwich Central School

Meals are FREE to ALL RSU1 students. Unfortunately, we cannot provide meals to adults. 

  • Service time will be 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Monday - Friday
  • Meals will be "Grab and Go" - they will not be consumed on site to encourage social distancing practices
  • There will be signage posted at the front door of each school to direct where meals can be picked up
  • We encourage students to take both a lunch and breakfast at the same time. Lunch for that day, breakfast to have the next morning.
  • Any child under 18 years of age will have the option to pick-up up to 3 individual "Grab & Go" breakfasts and lunches for themselves to take home. 

FMI: Tim Harkins, Food Service Director, RSU1 443-6601, ext. 114 or tharkins@rsu1.org 

Bath Area Food Bank

807 Middle Street, Bath  |  Pantry Phone: 737-9289  |  Bath Area Soup Kitchen Phone: 737-9289

  • Tuesdays & Thursdays 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Grab & Go Meals at the door
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Grab & Go Grocery bag at the door

Additional services for adults & families, please visit the Bath Area Food Bank Facebook Page for up-to-date info. 

Midcoast Community Alliance

Bath Youth Meetinghouse & Skatepark, 4 Old Brunswick Road, Bath

  • Fridays, 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Grab & Go Grocery bag at the door provided by Bath Area Backpack Program.

FMI: Jamie Dorr, Executive Director - jamie@mcamaine.org or 443-6856, or Donna Verhoeven, Youth Outreach Coordinator - donna@mcamaine.org or 751-5738

The Salvation Army

25 Congress Avenue, Bath  |  443-3611

  • Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday - Food Pantry - 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. - . Food boxes will are pre-packed to limit your time in the building.  Access to our FREE Table is limited to our staff, we will have a list of items available and we will pack bags/boxes for you.
  • Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday - Social Services - 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Monday-Thursday – Office Hours - 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

How You Can Help 

The State of Maine is offering a new resource for those looking for ways to lend a hand and encourage more Maine people to target their skills, resources, and time in the most effective and safe ways to do the most good for our state. Go to Maine Helps


Contact the City

If you have concerns that are not covered above, please call the City Manager’s Office at 207-443-8330. 

55 Front Street
Bath,
ME
04530

Monday - Friday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
City Manager
Peter Owen
Assistant City Manager
Marc Meyers
Executive Assistant/Human Resources
Erika Helgerson
Marketing and Communication Specialist
Lindsey Goudreau