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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates for the Town of Gorham

We will provide information regarding Town operations on this page during this time.

Information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Disease

Maine CDC Website| The Maine CDC is responding to an outbreak of the respiratory illness called COVID-19, caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. Maine people are urged to practice good hand hygiene, cover coughs and sneezes, and stay home if you are sick. If you are concerned that you have been exposed to COVID-19, call your health care provider, who will determine whether you should be tested and, as appropriate, submit a sample for testing.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - US COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Website

How to Protect Yourself

If You Think You Are Sick

Guide for Disinfecting Homes

Office of State of Maine Governor Janet Mills Executive Orders

Town & Statewide Information

  • Municipal facilities are now open to the public as of June 1, 2020. In order to enter any indoor Town facility, all members of the public are required to make an appointment, wear a face covering per Executive Order #49 FY 19/20, and social distancing requirements must be followed. Town staff and vendors are also required to wear a face covering when within six feet of others. We strongly encourage residents to utilize our online services whenever possible which can be found here
  • To book an appointment, go to the Town's 'Book an Appointment' page at https://www.gorham-me.org/home/pages/new-book-appointment, or call 222-1600 to reach a Department Directory to request an appointment by phone.
  • Gorham Schools are closed. Residents in need of food assistance during this time are encouraged to contact Dining Services Director, Michael Sanborn. Please check the Gorham School District website for notices regarding school closures. 
  • Municipal Center room rentals are canceled at this time.

Press Releases

School Information

The Gorham School Department is providing updates on their website. Please visit https://www.gorhamschools.org/apps/news/.

Public Works Department Information

  • Public Works staff are meeting with the public outside as needed. Changes are being made to allow minor access to the lobby at a later date. Please call 892-9062 for assistance.
  • If you need assistance with obtaining trash bags/tags, please call the Public Works Office at 892-9062.
  • During this time, the Town's contractor will not be accepting bulky items at the curb.
  • Public Works staff are currently observing their summer hours of operation - Monday thorugh Thursday, 6:30am through 5:00pm; closed Fridays.
  • To report a problem, go to https://www.gorham-me.org/public-works-department/webforms/report-problem.
  • To view answers to frequently asked questions, go to https://www.gorham-me.org/node/57/faq.

Social Services/General Assistance Information

  • Gorham's General Assistance program for financial assistance for basic needs such as rent, food, heating fuel, medications, non-elective medical care and other items that are considered essential is administered by the Town of Windham as a District Office.
    • Available to Gorham residents only.
    • All inquiries should be made directly to the Town of Windham's General Assistance program via email to the General Assistance Administrator, Rene Daniel, at [email protected] or by calling (207) 892-1906.
    • Applications are taken by appointment only. Before the interview, please read through the General Assistance Applicant Rights & Responsibilities brochure.
  • The Gorham Food Pantry located at 299 Main Street is open from 10:00 AM to Noon on Thursdays. Effective March 19, 2020 and until further notice, the pantry is reducing visits to one visit per month per family, so they can take care of as many families as possible. Below are their current protocols per the Good Shepherd Food Bank regarding COVID-19:
+ Drive thru service ONLY
+ Follow signs as posted in parking lot
+ Remain in car
+ They will determine number of family members @ check in
+ The appropriate size bag will be delivered to cars
+ Each bag will contain meat, bread, produce & canned goods
+ You will be asked your choice of 2 personal items

+ While they are unable to provide specific food items for families at this time, they will do their best to give each family a good variety of food items.

Gorham Recreation

  • The Recreation Office is now open by appointment only. Go to https://gorhamrec.youcanbook.me/, or call 222-1630 to request an appointment.
  • All outdoor facilities are open as of June 1st - social distancing requirements must be followed.
  • Face coverings must be worn inside by members of the public, vendors and staff.
  • View a flyer with information regarding special programs for Seniors (including Meals on Wheels/SMAAA Food Delivery Service and Gorham Fire Department's "Community Cares"), volunteer opportunities and more resources HERE.
  • Our local parks, trails and open spaces serve as places where people can find respite and seek peace and restoration. During this time of uncertainty, these places are needed now more than ever. Our nation’s park and recreation professionals are working hard to maintain these spaces and keep them safe, accessible and benefiting our communities during these times. View the National Recreation and Park Association's informative statement regarding using parks and open space while maintaining physical distancing HERE.
    • Let us all do our part to use Gorham parks and open spaces in a way that respects each other and public health guidance.  

Town Clerk's Office

  • Go to https://gorham.youcanbook.me/, or call 222-1670 to make an appointment. The Clerk’s Office will make every effort to schedule seniors and vulnerable populations early in the morning before the general public.
  • Dog licensing and motor vehicle registration have been extended until 30 days after the end of the health emergency.
  • All vehicles with registrations including temporary plates will be considered valid through the State of Emergency. When the emergency is declared over, you have 30 days from that date to register.
  • If preferred, motor vehicle re-registrations can still be completed online via the Rapid Renewal Program; new registrations are temporarily suspended while the Gorham Municipal Center is closed to the public.
  • You may apply for a vital record (birth, death or marriage certificate) by mail or online. Click here for more information.
  • Tax payments can be made online via the Maine PayPort Service, over the phone (207-222-1670), via USPS mail, or by appointment. For more information, please visit https://www.gorham-me.org/town-clerk/pages/online-tax-payments.

Baxter Memorial Library

The Library will offer curbside pickup service, which can be requested as follows:

  1. Request your items through Minerva by visiting https://minerva.maine.edu/.
  2. Wait for a confirmation email or text that your items are available for pickup.
  3. Once confirmation is received, schedule your curbside time slot at https://baxterlibrary.youcanbook.me/.
  4. Park in one of the three spots reserved for curbside outside of the Library and call 222-1190 when you have arrived – your items will be brought to you.

Curbside service is not required to pick up items – it is a service that the Library will offer for patrons who do not want to wait in line or would rather not enter the library. The library will allow up to five members of the public inside the building at a time; face coverings are required.

Additional Information:

  • As of July 13th, patrons are welcome to browse aisles throughout the Library; however, masks/face coverings are required to be worn.
    • The maximum allowed number of patrons on each floor at any given time will 15.
  • Programming will continue to be held online.
  • Library card expiration dates have been extended to ensure access to online content.
  • You can download e-books and audiobooks on your computer, Amazon Kindle Fire HD, Android tablets, Android phones, iPhones and iPad with your library card. To learn more, go to https://baxterlibrary.org/cloudlibrary/.
  • All Maine residents can access the Digital Maine Library for online resources that include a collection of full text articles and abstracts from magazines, newspapers, journals and reference at https://library.digitalmaine.org/.

Assessing Department

  • To make an appointment, go to https://communitydev.youcanbook.me/, or call 222-1620.
  • Homestead and Veteran’s Exemption applications can be mailed in to the office for processing, as well as emailed with supporting documentation when necessary.
  • Billing address and change of name requests can be called in, mailed in and emailed with supporting documentation or hand-delivered by appointment.

Gorham Police Department Information

  • Gorham Police Department remains fully operational.
  • Please call 9-1-1 for an emergency.

Community Development | Planning & Code Enforcement Divisions

  • To make an appointment, go to https://communitydev.youcanbook.me/, or call 222-1620.
  • Building Permit applications can be e-mailed to the Code Office here for review by our CEO, or hand-delivered by appointment.
    • Payment arrangements can be mailed to the Town, or by hand-delivery by appointment – call into the office for directions on payment arrangements.
Planning Board Permits/Process
  • To make an appointment, go to https://communitydev.youcanbook.me/, or call 222-1620.
  • We will continue to accept Planning Board applications during regular business hours (8:30 AM – 4:30 PM). Please call ahead and confirm staff are available to meet you while observing social distancing practices of 6’ of separation.
  • Payments for applications can be made either by check (mailed or placed in the submission packet), or hand-delivered by appointment. Other methods of payment can be discussed with staff. 
If you have any questions, please call the Assessing Office at (207) 222-1603, Planning Office at (207) 222-1620, or Code Enforcement Office at (207) 222-1605 during the hours of 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.

Business Recovery & Resources

Stay Informed

Residents can stay informed on any planned changes to Town operations, urgent alerts and other announcements by subscribing to receive email notifications here, and/or by following the Town of Gorham's Facebook page here.
CDC COVID-19 Video: How to Protect Myself