Covid Updates

June 4, 2020 ExCom

  • Marina restrooms open starting 6/6.
  • Golf will serve drinks outdoors during daylight hours within the limits of the licensed premises, subject to social distancing and state guidelines. 
  • Printed FINS will be available at the island post office location around mid-day Friday.

May 20th, ExComBos

Following the Excom meeting of May 20, most outdoor common venues including beaches will now be open to general use, subject to the social distancing and other precautions in effect almost everywhere.  These venues include:

  • Beaches
  • Ball field
  • Outdoor courts:
    • Tennis
    • Basketball
    • Volleyball
    • Pickle ball
    • Bocce
The Community Center playground and the pool will remain closed until further notice.


In accordance with the Governor's orders, the golf course will remain open for play by residents of Cumberland County, other Maine residents who are members, and other Frye Island residents who have completed the required 14-day quarantine period.  These restrictions can be expected to change with revised executive orders under the Governor's Reopening Plan.


Indoor public facilities including the Town Office, Community Center and Fitness Center, Golf Clubhouse, Leisure Lounge and Marina restrooms will remain closed to public entry until further notice.


Beaches and other public venues were initially closed to gatherings because it was thought prudent not to create unnecessary opportunities for contagion as the island was actively being repopulated from many out-of-state places including viral “hot spots”.  However, assuming we all act responsibly, the value of outdoor activities seems to outweigh the risk entailed in making the venues available.  


Principles to please follow on the island


May 14th: Town Health Officer, Cathy Gosselin  14 Day Quarantine for Out of State Travelers- Flyer


Governor Mills Executive Orders:  State of Maine Covid19 Updates Page

Executive Order 14: An Order to Protect Public Health (PDF) - 3/18/2020

Executive Order 19: An Order Regarding Essential Businesses and Operations  (PDF) - 3/24/2020

Executive Order 19-A: An Order Extending the Effective Date of Executive Order 19 Fy 19/20 (PDF)

Executive Order 28: An Order Regarding Further Restrictions on Public Contact and Movement, Schools, Vehicle Travel and Retail Business Operations (PDF) 

Executive Order 34: An Order Establishing Quarantine Restrictions on Travelers Arriving in Maine (PDF) - 4/3/2020

Executive Order 49: An Order to Stay Safer at Home (PDF) - 4/29/2020

State of Maine, Phased Re-Opening Plan:  Restarting Maine’s Economy


May 9th, 2020 Update from the Town Manager:

As you know, on April 9, Frye Island’s “opening” was postponed provisionally to May 15, to help protect the health and safety of returning residents, island staff and the surrounding community, as well as to adhere to the principles behind state regulations aimed at reducing the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic.  After a series of ExCom reviews of conditions under which we might open as circumstances have evolved, Island opening remains scheduled for May 15. 


Please understand that our success in safely resuming life on Frye Island will depend entirely on our ability and willingness to take responsibility for the well-being of ourselves and others, and comply with the intent of the various executive orders in effect in Maine and elsewhere.  (The orders affecting Maine residents and businesses, and anyone entering Maine from out of state can be found at https://www.maine.gov/covid19/.) 

As is the case in our off-island communities, life on Frye Island will unavoidably be much different from normal this year and we’re going to have to adapt to a number of special practices and procedures for the time being.  These will obviously change as circumstances continue to evolve. 

 

  • In the first place, please do not come to Frye Island if you:
  • Have tested positive for COVID-19 without a subsequent negative test;
  • Have had a known exposure to COVID-19 within the last 14 days without a subsequent negative test;
  • Have experienced fever or flu-like symptoms within the last 14 days without a negative test for COVID-19;
  • Don’t think you can or will comply with the rules and conventions in place for quarantine, social distancing, wearing of face masks in public places, etc.

 

Here are some of the general conditions that will exist on the island at opening and at least until May 31, for everyone’s protection.  They will be subject to regular review and revision as the season progresses. Documents specific to Ferry Operations, the Town Office, EMS and Golf are attached for reference.


These conditions will unquestionably cause some inconvenience and strain, but please remember that the risks of illness or death due to COVID-19 are not lower on Frye Island than anywhere else unless we all work to make it that way – particularly given the make-up of our population.

  • Anyone coming into Maine from out of state is required to quarantine for 14 days.   This means remaining in the confines of your immediate household, except for allowed essential activities under conditions of social distance.  If you leave Maine and return, your quarantine period starts over.
  • State rules prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 people and requiring social distancing and wearing of face masks when social distance cannot be maintained in public places will be in effect.
  • There will be special Ferry procedures:  Passengers will be required to remain in their vehicles with the windows closed during the ticketing, boarding and transit process.  Walk-on passengers will be permitted at the discretion of the crew, insofar as social distancing permits, and limited to no more than 3 per trip. The Ferry will accept EZ-Ride cards and printed tickets only.  The vehicle pass or ticket must be displayed for scanning through the driver’s closed window.  Walk-on passengers will place their EZ-Ride cards or tickets in a tray at a designated location for scanning, then pick them up before boarding.  Cash, credit cards or images displayed on mobile devices will be not accepted.
  • Emergency on-call ferry service will be available as usual unless staff becomes unavailable due to illness or quarantine.
  • The Town Office will be closed to public entry.  Services will be provided by remote means where possible: internet, email, telephone, drop box, etc. - depending on the requirements of the transaction.  Pick up of documents and transactions required to be in person will be by appointment made by email or phone.  (See the Town Office document attached.)
  • Firefighting services will be provided by the Frye Island and Raymond Fire Departments as usual.
  • Frye Island EMS will be staffed and Raymond EMS will respond as usual.  No calls to EMS for fever, headache, flu-like symptoms, suspected COVID-19, minor illness or injury, or symptoms for which you would not mobilize an ambulance or emergency response team in your off-island setting. (See the Calling 911 document attached.)
  • Emergency service volunteers will be considered essential workers not subject to the 14-day quarantine period in the execution of emergency services duties.
  • Mail and packages will be delivered to the Post Office as usual, beginning May 15.  Pick up will be limited to one person at a time.
  • The transfer station will be open beginning May 23 with reduced hours and special safety measures.  More details on that separately.
  • The golf clubhouse and Leisure Lounge will be closed.  The course will be available for play by Cumberland County residents who have not left the state within the previous 14 days, by other permanent Maine residents who are members, and by out-of-state residents after completion of the required 14-day quarantine period.  Significant changes in course rules will also be in effect. (See the Golf document attached.)
  • The Community Center, fitness center, basketball courts, playground, tennis courts, pickle-ball courts, pool and Rec Beach activity area will be closed.
  • No in-person group recreation activities will be offered.
  • The ball field area will be closed to gatherings.  
  • Public beaches will be considered closed for use except for direct transit to and from the water.
  • Long Beach Marina and Quail Circle boat berths will be available with social distancing required. 
  • Marina restrooms will be closed.
  • Status of the Fireworks display is undetermined as of now.
  • Frye’s Leap General Store will be open with special measures to limit interpersonal contact.  The store will offer an expanded grocery selection and the café will operate on a limited take-out basis.  Outdoor group seating will not be permitted.  Further information about the store and café can be found on their website and Facebook page.

 

Please be aware that no set of rules can cover every situation and no set of precautions can guarantee safety.  Our success in preventing disease or death on Frye Island will depend almost entirely on our individual behavior.  We have all been well educated about how to prevent contraction or transmission of the virus, and common sense and conscientiousness are at least as important on Frye Island as anyplace else.  The consequences of an outbreak on Frye Island could be significant, particularly if essential staff are affected.  Our odds of success in preserving our health seem good if only because Frye Islanders are almost unfailingly well meaning, responsible and deeply committed to the well-being of our community.  Please don’t hesitate to provide any inputs as to how we might operate better or more safely under these difficult conditions.