Town Council approves emergency business regulations, extends property-tax interest due date to June 1. FMI see

COVID-19 Virus 2020


Updated 03/26/2020

A state of emergency has been declared by the town of Cape Elizabeth, and non-essential services have been ordered closed in response to the outbreak of the coronavirus COVID-19 effective 6 p.m. Thursday, March 26, 2020.

Town councilors approved emergency regulations in a special meeting conducted online March 25. They will remain in effect until 6 p.m. Friday, May 1, unless extended by council vote.

The regulations are modeled after those adopted in other Maine towns, and stop short of mandating residents shelter-in-place as some other communities have. They exempt essential services and allow restaurant delivery or curbside takeout. [news article]

On March 25, 2020 the Town Council extended the interest due date for real estate and personal property taxes to June 1, 2020.  

Real estate and personal property tax payments may be made in the following ways:

  1. Check sent by U.S. Postal Service.  Post dated checks will not be accepted nor held.  Fund must be good when the payment is received.
  2. Using your bank bill payer service.  Please check with your bank.  If they offer that service, your bank will write and mail the payment for your taxes and debit your account.
  3. Online using a check - EFT service.  The cost is 40 cents.  This fee does not go to the Town and is not waivable.
  4. Online using a debit or credit card.  The cost is 2.95% of the tax amount paid. This fee does not go to the Town and is not waivable.
  5. In the office when the Town Offices reopen to the public.  The office are scheduled to remain closed until April 13.


Reminder: Practice social distancing to guard against COVID-19

With school closed and young people enjoying the fresh air, it's important to remember social distancing to prevent coronavirus spread


Town cancellations and closures

as of 3/25/2020

Closed until April 13:

  • Town offices closed to the public (Town Hall, Town Center Fire Station, Community Center, Public Works)
  • Public Safety office hours 10 a.m.-noon weekdays; use red phone in lobby vestibule for emergency public access

Suspended until April 13:

  • Meetings of the Recycling Committee, School Building Committee, Planning Board, Fort Williams Park Committee, Energy Committee, Thomas Memorial Library Committee and Board of Zoning Appeals

Closed until April 27:

  • Swap Shop and Bottle Shed at the Recycling Center (Recycling Center will remain open regular hours for single-sort recycling and waste disposal)
  • All Community Services programming
  • Cape Care
  • After Care
  • Richards Pool
  • Fitness Center
  • Thomas Memorial Library hours
  • All Thomas Memorial Library programming

Closed until April 27:

  • Cape Elizabeth Schools

Rescheduled to Nov. 7:

  • Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Postponed until 2021:

  • Beginning field inspections of Cape Elizabeth homes townwide revaluation

Postponed to June 1

  • Interest due on second half of FY2020 real-estate taxes

Open regular hours:

  • Recycling Center will remain open regular hours
  • Fort Williams Park will remain open regular hours, sunrise to sunset. Please use responsibly with social distancing


Now, more than ever, we encourage residents to utilize our online/mail-in services.

Please continue to be vigilant with your own personal health by following the recommendations and best practices from the United States and Maine Centers for Disease Control. Stay connected to all of our town platforms. We will continue to monitor the situation and will post updates frequently.

Take Advantage of Our Online/Mail in Services:

Need to do business and you're not sure if you can complete it online or through the mail? Give us a call (see numbers below)

See the Cape Elizabeth Schools Coronavirus Updates for latest school information

In addition, we recommend that residents connect with the Maine CDC's Facebook page and website as they are sharing daily updates about the virus and best practices for preventing the spread of it.

Additional Information from the Centers for Disease Control:


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