Community Messages & Alerts

3/31/20: The Sanford City Council has extended the closure of City Hall and other municipal facilities through April 30, 2020.

3/25/20: On March 24, Governor Mills ordered that all non-essential businesses and operations in Maine close their physical locations that are public facing, meaning those that allow customer, vendor or other in-person contact. The Order also closes non-essential business sites that require more than ten workers to convene in a space where physical distancing is not possible. Non-essential businesses and operations may continue activities that do not involve these types of in-person contact and convenings, and should facilitate the maximum number of employees working remotely.  The Order is effective as of today, March 25, 2020  and extends for a period of 14 days through April 8, 2020 at 12:00 a.m.  You can view the Governor’s Order and additional guidance by following this link to Governor Mills Order 3/24/20.  If the function of a business is not listed in the Executive Order guidance, but a business believes it is essential, it may request designation as an essential business by using this DECD link to “Essential Service Designation Request” form.  The DECD is encouraging anyone with questions to fill out the form and submit it to DECD.

3/24/20: Due to restrictions on meetings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, tonight’s City Council Meeting will be held via teleconference at 6:00 PM.  It will be broadcast on Channel 26 as usual and live-streamed Town Hall Streams:  Members of the public may participate via email at

Please read and share the following letter from York Town Manager Stephen Burns.

3/20/20: The Sanford Parks and Recreation Dept. wants citizens to know that all playground in Sanford and other facilities are now closed until further notice.

3/20/20: Statement from Sanford Mayor Tom Cote.  Please click on the link to view a statement from Sanford Mayor Tom Cote regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

The regularly-scheduled City Council meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 24 at 6:00 PM .  The meeting will be streamed live on Channel 26 as usual or on Town Hall Streams as usual. However, due to restrictions on gatherings, the meeting will be conducted via remote connection as permitted under new legislation from the State during the current pandemic and City Hall will remain closed to the public. Members of the public will be able to submit questions or comments for the Council via email to


3/19/20:  Sanford City Hall is CLOSED to the Public effective March 19 through April 3, 2020.  All City functions WILL CONTINUE AS NORMAL. The Transfer Station will remain open. All other municipal buildings will be closed to the public. Most licenses and registrations can be completed on-line: click on Residents/Online Services or call the City Clerk’s Office: 324-9125. Please CALL or EMAIL all other departments for assistance. For contact information, choose Departments on the blue bar on the home page and choose the department you want.


3/16/20: Sanford City Council will have an Emergency Meeting on Tuesday, 3/17/20 at 6:00 PM in the Sanford City Council Chambers.  The meeting will be recorded and broadcast live on local channel 26 and live-streamed at starting at 6:00 PM.  In the interest of public health due COVID-19, members of the public are encouraged to watch or stream the meeting remotely.  Questions can be addressed by email to

In an effort to safeguard staff so they can continue to do their jobs, and to minimize potential spread of COVID-19, some departments are closed to the public.  The City Clerks office is OPEN for license renewals, registrations, etc.  Residents are encouraged to CALL or EMAIL with questions before coming to City Hall. The City Clerks Office can be reached at 324-9125.  See the individual Department pages for phone numbers and email addresses of other departments. Any person exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 including fever, cough, body aches or difficulty breathing will be asked NOT to enter the building and encouraged to CALL for assistance instead.

All regularly scheduled City Council Subcommittee Meetings and Budget Committee Meetings have been cancelled until further notice.  The Budget Public Hearing scheduled for Thursday, 3/19,20 has been cancelled.  Further information about the budget process will be forthcoming.

3/10/20:  The City Manager reported to the City Council on 3-10-20 regarding State, County and Local response to the Coronavirus, including preparations for emergency response should it be required.  The City Manager’s Report is attached below as a PDF and includes links to additional information and resources.


Federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Coronavirus Page – The Federal CDC site is the most comprehensive source of public information on the virus in the United States.  This site has a tremendous amount of information and links to other sources.  Public health and emergency management officials are directing people to this site in order to ensure unified messaging.


Maine Centers for Disease Control (CDC) – The Maine CDC site has information that is more specific to what’s happening in our state (situation reports, etc.) and will be the place to go if the situation changes and Maine specific guidance is released.


World Health Organization – The WHO site is more global in scope and is the best source for what is happening worldwide.


The COVID-19 flyer linked below has basic information about the Coronavirus, signs and symptoms, and prevention, and can be printed and distributed as needed.