• Local information regarding COVID-19

    What's open, closed, and changed in the Bethel area

    UPDATED June 1, 2020

  • Updates from Governor Janet Mills

    The phased approach to reopening Maine continues. As one of Maine's rural counties where there has been no community spread of COVID-19, our area is allowed to have retail locations open on May 11 and restaurants open for inside and outside dining as of May 18, both with many special precautions. Lodging and campgrounds have opened as of June 1 and May 22, respectively, to Maine residents and anyone from out of state who has completed a 14-day quarantine in Maine. Of course, businesses may make their own decisions regarding if and when to open, so it's always best to contact them directly to make sure they're open. 

    Details here.

  • More resources More resources

    Community Resources: Where to turn if you need help with food, internet services, links to schools, and other general help - or want to make a donation

    Business Resources Blog:  Learning opportunities, financial resources, and important notices for businesses.

    See below for news regarding openings, closings, and changes of businesses, schools, and other community organizations.

  • covid19-3.20.20-header-open-and-closed.png
  •  Bethel area news regarding COVID-19 response

  • Alerts from Healthcare Facilities

    If you suspect you have COVID-19 or any other flu-like symptoms, DO NOT go directly to a healthcare facility. Call first for instructions. See who should get tested.

    Rumford Hospital and Bridgton Hospital (Central Maine Healthcare family of health care facilities)
    Stephens Memorial Hospital

    Starting to schedule time-sensitive procedures as of May 14.

    Bethel Family Dentistry - Preparing to reopen soon. Call 207-824-3378 in case of emergency.
    Bethel Family Health Center - Open as usual. Call ahead if you are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 to determine best steps.
    Brookview Residential (assisted living facility) - No visitors other than staff or emergency care. 
    Mountain View EyeCare - Open for routine and urgent eye care, subject to extra precautions. Details here.
    Tri-County Mental Health  - All appointments will now be over phone or video call service. Group services cancelled. Details here.
  • Restaurants & Groceries

     

    • Bethel Shop N' Save (aka Foodliner or IGA) - Open 8am-6pm Monday-Saturday with 8-9am reserved for senior citizens only. Closed Sundays. As of April 2:
      • Only 15 customers allowed at a time
      • Enter parking lot from High Street side
      • Limit your party to one person per family if possible
      • Aisles are one-way
      • No reusable bags allowed
    • Bethel Beverage - Open with limited hours and curbside pickup available
    • Bethel House of Pizza - take-out only
    • The Bethel Inn Resort/Millbrook Tavern - Open 11:30am – 8pm on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday; Friday & Saturday, 11:30am – 9pm. Details here
    • Bethel Sugar Shack - Open as of May 2. Details here.
    • Breau's Too - Open Mon-Thurs 5 am-8pm, Friday 5am-9pm, Saturday 7 am-9pm, Sunday 7am-8pm. 5 people allowed in store at a time. Takeout and delivery available. 
    • Brian's - Opening date TBD in June. Details here.
    • Butcher Burger - Closed for renovations May 16-21, then reopening 7 days a week, noon- 8 pm. Details here.
    • Cho Sun - Open for takeout Wednesdays-Sundays, 5-9 pm.
    • Crossroads Diner & Frank's NY Pizza - Serving limited menu (including pizza) for pickup on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 4-8pm. Details here.
    • Crosstone Restaurant at the Mollyockett Motel  - Opening as of May 21. Breakfast and dinner 7 days a week and lunch Friday-Sunday. Details here. 
    • Dicocoa's - Taking weekly orders for bread and baked goods. Cafe closed to general public. Order here.
    • Dunkin' - Open for drive-through service only 5 am-7 pm.
    • Good Food Store & Catering Co.
      • ‚ÄčHours 9am-8pm daily (9-9:30 am reserved for customers 60 or over or anyone with a medical condition
      • Limit 5 customers at any one time
      • Call 824-3754 for curbside pickup
    • Kowloon Village is open for takeout only. Cocktails available to go.
    • Le Mu Eats Open 12pm-8pm Thursday - Sunday (Subject to change). Click for menu & contactless ordering/payment site
    • The Local Hub Grocery pick-up available from 10:00-11:30 am on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Order via Facebook messenger, email, or online.
    • Mallard Mart - Markets and prepared food/takeout service are open; dining areas closed.
    • Modern Barn - Open for takeout Fridays and Saturdays 3-9 pm. Outdoor seating opening on May 21. Click for menu & online ordering.
    • River Haus & Well Open for indoor and deck dining and takeout starting May 21. Thursdays-Sundays. Menu & online ordering here.
    • River Lanes - Open for inside dining. Details here.
    • Rooster's Roadhouse Open for inside and outside dining and takeout 7 days a week 11:30am to 7:30pm. (Closed Memorial Day Monday) Beer and wine available with food purchase. Details and menu here.
    • Savage Bros Country Store Open 7am-5pm daily. Curbside pickup available 12pm-4pm daily. Details here.
    • Smokin' Good BBQ - Open Friday-Sunday, 11:30 am - 7:30 pm.
    • Steam Mill Brewing - Now bottling beer. Order online for pickup on Friday afternoons. Details here.
    • Stony Brook Variety Store Open 6am-8pm daily.  Indoor and outdoor dining available. Please call ahead for takeout. Details here.
    • Suds Pub at The Sudbury Inn Open 3-8pm Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays with limited takeout menu. all the main inn number at 207-824-2174. Details here
    • Sunday River Brewing Co. Open Wednesday thru Sunday from 11am to 8pm. Updates here.
  • Attractions/Activities

    OPEN

    The Bethel Inn Resort - Golf course now open
    Mahoosuc Land Trust. Valentine Farm trail and all preserves are open.  Office is closed.
    River Lanes - Bowling and arcade by reservation. Details here
    Sunday River Golf Club - Open as of June 1 Details here.
    White Mountain National Forest - Check here for a list of open trail heads, day use areas, etc., before planning a trip.
    CLOSED:
    Davis Park basketball courts and playground closed until further notice
    Angevine Park closed until further notice
    Sunday River - Golf open; other activities, restaurants, and hotels are closed. Details here.
    Northeast Snowmobile & ATV Rentals
  • Shopping

    • Brooks Bros. Opening the store to 5 customers at a time as of May 18. Curbside pickup still available.
    • The Barn Collection - Closed
    • Bethel Citizen closed for walk-in service and photocopies. Subscriptions and advertising available by calling or emailing.
    • Carter's XC Ski Center - Call for appointment, phone orders available, and curbside pickup
    • Harvest Gold Gallery (Lovell) - Open to the public. 
    • Jar Cannabis Co Call ahead for curbside pickup
    • Maine Mineral & Gem Museum Store Opening June 1. Limited to 5 customers at a time.
    • The Philbrook Place is closed until further notice. Gift cards and phone orders available.
    • Pine Tree Glass Art - Phone orders and curbside pickup available
    • Pooh Corner Farm - Open
    • Ruthie's Boutique - Closed
    • Sport Thoma - Open for fishing, hiking, and some biking supplies. Limit 3 customers. Details here.
    • Stanley's Furniture
    • True North Adventureware closed; phone orders available. 
    • Western Maine Supply - Warehouse open; hardware store limited to 7 customers at a time.
  • Banks

  • Services

    Bennett's Automotive - Open; please call ahead and allow only one person in the lobby at a time.
    Crockett & Wright law office - please call; staff working but asking public not to enter the office.
    Maine Energy Systems statement regarding wood pellet delivery procedures
    Mountain Explorer shuttle bus linking Sunday River and Bethel Village, and Mountain Express service from Sunday River to the River Valley area, have suspended service for the season
    Skin Cayer & Nails
    Top Notch Tree Service - Spring service has started. Call for estimates. 
    Varney Agency insurance - No walk-in service. Calls welcome.
    W.J Wheeler Insurance - Bethel and South Paris offices closed to general public; please call for assistance. 
  • Schools/Education

    MSAD 44 Schools - Telstar Regional Middle/High School, Crescent Park School, and Woodstock Elementary School, will be closed through the rest of the school year. Remote teaching and learning will be taking place across all grade levels during this time.
    Gould Academy - Campus closed and learning remotely
    The Eddy School - Teaching remotely and sharing lots of at-home learning resources for all students out of school. 
    UMaine 4-H Camp at Bryant Pond is offering learning kits to kids in the Bethel area
  • Lodging & Camping

    The Bethel Inn Resort - Taking new reservations for summer and fall
    Bethel Village Motel - Closed
    Carter's XC Ski Center Lodging - Taking reservations for summer, fall, and winter
    Grand Victorian Inn - Closed
    Holidae House - Open to Maine residents and those who have fulfilled quarantine requirements.
    Inn at the Rostay - Open for Authorized Travelers & Emergency Shelter. Taking reservations for May and beyond
    Lone Mountain Riverfront Campground - Taking reservations for summer and fall
    Maine Ski Lodging - Open to Maine residents and those who have fulfilled quarantine requirements.
    Mollyockett Motel - Closed
    Mountain Village Lodge - Open to Maine residents and those who have fulfilled quarantine requirements.
    Perennial Inn - Accepting reservations for summer and fall
    River View Resort - Open to Maine residents and those who have fulfilled quarantine requirements. Pool is closed to guests and members (memberships will be extended accordingly). Details here.
    Stony Brook Recreation & Campground - open May 22-June 30 to Maine residents and out-of-state visitors who have self-quarantined for 14 days. Out of state residents welcomed July 1 although 14 day quarantine is still required. Common facilities such as playground, recreation hall, pavilions and pool are closed until June 30. Bathroom facilities are open with extra cleaning procedures in place.
    Sudbury Inn - Closed
    West Bethel Motel - Open for Authorized Travelers & Emergency Shelter. Monthly rates available.
  • Events, Meetings, and Community Organizations

    Bethel Alliance Church is closed for all services and meetings. Sunday Services will be online on Facebook, YouTube and the church website. Pastor Kevin Bellinger and Pastor Luke Richter are still available for prayer, counseling or other needs. Leave a message at 207-824-2289.
    Bethel Library is closed until at least March 29. Patrons who have materials currently checked out should wait to be notified until returning them.
    Bethel Rotary Club meetings are cancelled until the end of March.
    Catholic Churches (Our Lady of the Snows in Bethel and St. Athanasius/St. John in Rumford): Offering drive-in services at St John's Cemetery. Details on the Parish of the Holy Savior website. Closed for baptisms, weddings, and funerals may continue with only immediate family present. 
    Museums of the Bethel Historical Society is suspending in-person research appointments until further notice
    West Parish Congregational Church cancelled all worship services in the sanctuary and gatherings of groups. For ministerial concerns contact Rev. Dr. Tim LeConey at 824-2688 or tleconey68@gmail.com
     
  • Government

    Post Offices are open regular hours.
    • Town Office closed to the public. Please call 207-824-2669 for guidance on online.
    • Transfer station open usual hours (Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday, 9am-4pm), but the free table is closed and minimal assistance from staff.
    • Waste Water Treatment Plant and Department of Public Works offices are closed to the public.
    Newry Town Office - closed to the public. Please call 207-824-3123 for assistance.
    Greenwood Town Office - closed to the public. Please call 207-875-2773 for assistance.
    Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles - offices now closed. 

    What businesses can do and how the chamber can help

    Due to so much public uncertainty in response to COVID-19, it would be smart to communicate with your customers every step of the way. Update your website with your response to this - whether you're closing, or staying open with extra precautions, or adjusting your business plans (i.e. offering delivery). Make sure your social media reflects this, and don't be afraid to change your mind as more information becomes available from state- and federal-level sources.
     
    if you are making changes, please let us know if you plan to:
    • Change your hours;
    • Cancel/postpone your event; or
    • Announce any other changes.
    We can amplify those messages so it's best to be proactive. The chamber answers many phone calls and messages from locals and visitors alike, so if you have information to share, please:
  • Resources for individuals/families, including access to food, as well as resources for businesses, such as emergency loans, unemployment access, and links to the CDC, IRS, etc.