Executive order: Barrington prohibits gatherings of 10 or more; imposes fine

All playgrounds and basketball courts are closed to the public


Barrington Town Manager Jim Cunha signed an executive order on Thursday morning, March 26, banning gatherings of 10 or more people, requiring visitors to Barrington to self-quarantine, and making any violation of the order punishable by a $500 fine.

The executive order includes the following "emergency measures":

• Full-time residents are encouraged to restrict travel for essential purposes only, such as medical care, care of a family member, or obtaining food and other necessary provisions.

• Any nonresident or seasonal resident arriving to Barrington and staying in excess of 72 hours must immediately self-quarantine for two weeks.

• All Barrington residents and visitors that have recently been to New York state are directed to self-quarantine for 14 days from the day they left New York.

• Gatherings of groups of 10 or more people are prohibited.

• All playgrounds and basketball courts are closed to the public. Recreation fields are closed to organized or league athletics. Individuals using recreation fields must practice social distancing per CDC and RIDOH guidelines and must not gather in groups larger than 10 people.

• Any violation of any provision of the executive order is punishable by a fine not exceeding $500, with every day a violation continues considered a separate violation. The Barrington Police Department has the authority to enforce the order.

• Grocery stores, pharmacies, liquor stores and other essential businesses shall post a copy of the order near the entrance to the premises.

• The executive order will remain in effect until April 12 unless terminated prior to that date by a subsequent order. The order may be extended if necessary, by a subsequent order.

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