• Local information regarding COVID-19

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

    UPDATED August 4, 2020

  • General Updates

    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, both with many special precautions. Lodging and campgrounds are open to residents of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey residents without quarantine. As of June 26, visitors from outside those 6 states are welcome subject to receiving a recent negative test for COVID-19 or completing a 14-day quarantine. Read the FAQ for Visitors and Lodging Owners here.

    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.

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  •  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 Now open. Call 207-824-3378 for appointments or 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-8pm Monday-Saturday and Sunday 8am-7pm.
      • Limit your party to one person per family if possible
      • Aisles are one-way
      • No reusable bags allowed
    • Bethel Beverage - Open Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 am - 6 pm. 
    • Bethel House of Pizza - take-out only
    • The Bethel Inn Resort/Millbrook Tavern - Open daily, 11:30am – 8pm; Friday & Saturday until 9pm. Daily:  Happy Hour at the Bar & Patio, 3 – 5pm
    • 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 - Open Thursdays-Saturdays, 5:00-8:30 pm. Details here.
    • Butcher Burger - Open for inside, outside, and takeout dining. Sun-Thurs 11:30-8, Fri-Sat 11:30-9.
    • Cho Sun - Open for takeout Wednesdays-Sundays, 5-9 pm.
    • The Clubhouse at Sunday River Golf Club - Open for lunch, 10am-3:30pm daily. Details here.
    • 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  - Open for breakfast and dinner 7 days a week and lunch Friday-Sunday. Details here. 
    • Dicocoa's - Open Wednesday-Sunday, 7 am - 4 pm, for pickup and outside dining. Pre-ordered baked goods available. 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, inside and outside dining 11:30am-9 pm (takeout only 8:30-9:00pm.) 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 - Closed until further notice.
    • Mallard Mart - Markets and prepared food/takeout service are open; dining areas closed.
    • Modern Barn - Open for indoor and outdoor dining and takeout 4-9pm Wednesday-Friday, 3-9pm Saturday. Click for menu & online ordering.
    • River Haus & Well Open for indoor and deck dining and takeout.. 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.  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 - 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 Friday-Monday 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

    CLOSED

    Sunday River - Golf open; other activities closed. Details here.
    Northeast Snowmobile & ATV Rentals
  • Lodging & Camping

    Lodging and camping are currently open to residents of Maine, NH, VT, CT, NY, and NJ without quarantine or testing requirements. Visitors from all other states must have a COVID test showing negative results from within 72 hours before arriving in Maine, or quarantine for the length of their stay or up to 14 days.  See FAQ.
    The Bethel Inn Resort - Open
    Bethel Village Motel - Open
    Carter's XC Ski Center Lodging - Open
    Grand Victorian Inn - Closed
    Grafton Notch Campground - Open 
    Grand Summit Hotel - Planning to Open September 1.
    Holidae House - Open
    Inn at the Rostay - Open
    Jordan Hotel (at Sunday River) - Open. 
    Lone Mountain Riverfront Campground - Open
    Maine Ski Lodging - Open
    Mollyockett Motel - Open
    Mountain Village Lodge - Open
    Perennial Inn - Accepting reservations for summer and fall
    River View Resort - Open. Pool is closed to guests and members (memberships will be extended accordingly). Details here.
    Stony Brook Recreation & Campground - Open. 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 - Open
    West Bethel Motel - Open
  • Shopping

    • Brooks Bros. Open Monday-Friday 7:30-4:30 and to 15 customers at a time. Curbside pickup still available.
    • 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 Open. Call ahead for curbside pickup.
    • Maine Mineral & Gem Museum Store Open. Limited to 5 customers at a time.
    • The Philbrook Place Open Friday-Monday, 9-5.
      • Shops include Elements Art Gallery, The Barn Collection, Community Sports, Revival Boutique.
    • Pine Tree Glass Art - Open Tues-Sunday, 10-6.
    • Pooh Corner Farm - Open
    • Ruthie's Boutique - Open  Thursday-Saturday, 10-3, and by appointment
    • Sport Thoma - Open for fishing, hiking, and some biking supplies. Limit 3 customers. Details here.
    • Stanley's Furniture
    • True North Adventureware Open; phone orders available. 
    • Western Maine Supply - Warehouse open; hardware store limited to 7 customers at a time.
  • Banks

    • Northeast Bank - Drive-through and ATM service only
    • Norway Savings Bank - Lobby opening as of Monday, June 8. Monday-Friday 9am-4pm; Saturday 9am-12pm. Drive-through and ATM service also available.
    • Franklin Savings Bank - Drive through and ATM service only
    • Oxford Federal Credit Union - Drive-through and ATM service only
  • 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
    Sarah R. Lane Custom Art (tattooing, microblading, henna) - Opening for appointments as of June 12. Details here.
    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 - Reopening Plan for Telstar Regional Middle/High School, Crescent Park School, and Woodstock Elementary
    Gould Academy - Reopening Plan
    The Eddy School - Offering some summer programming. Updates here.
    UMaine 4-H Camp at Bryant Pond Closed for the summer. 
  • 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 Open for curbside requests as of June 2. Building closed to the public. Details here.
    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 open to two people at a time. Enter on side of building closest to Northeast Bank and please wear a mask.
    • 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.