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In addition to federal and state restrictions on certain activities, below are updates specific to Rye.




Rye Police and Rye Fire remain fully operational and, as always, are prepared to handle any emergency 24/7. Rye Emergency Operations Center is partially activated to monitor department functions and the Town's response related to the COVID-19 crisis. Local and state officials are in constant communication to ensure we are up-to-date with this rapidly evolving situation.

All Beaches: OPEN for transitory movement only. This includes walking, running, swimming, or surfing. No sitting, sunbathing, or group activities.

Public parking:  Allowed at Jenness State Beach, Wallis Sands State Park, Odiorne State Park, and Rye Harbor State Park (Ragged Neck). These lots will be limited to 50% capacity.

Resident parking: Allowed in designated permit parking areas only. Beach sticker is required. If you are a Rye resident or property owner, click here to learn how to get your 2020 beach sticker.

All other parking along Route 1A, Route 1B, and all other roadways will remain prohibited regardless of resident status.

Dogs: Prohibited Sun-Fri 9a-7p; Sat 9a-9p (normal summer hours)

See press release for further details.

Rye Town Hall: Closed to the public.

Board of Selectmen meetings continue to be streamed online via Town Hall Streams, or Many town functions can be performed online as well. Residents are encouraged to visit for further information. If you have any questions or concerns, please call 964-5523 Mon-Fri 8am-4:30pm. Click here for the related press release.

To watch and/or participate in meetings, use ID# 490-867-9230. Here are the instructions to do so.

Town Clerk / Tax Collector: Closed to the public.

Many services are available online by visiting, including vehicle registrations, beach permits (not in effect until May 1), dog licensing, property tax payments, and sewer payments. Payments can also be made over the phone by credit card. If you have any questions, please call 964-8562 or email

Building Department: Closed to the public.

All permit applications are on the Town website These can be printed and mailed to the Building Department at 10 Central Rd Rye, NH 03870. Any questions can be answered at 964-9800 or email,, or Click here for press release.

Recreation Department: Closed to the public.

The Rye Recreation Area Playground and Fields are closed until further notice. All programs are suspended until May 4. Registrations and payments will be accepted by mail and online. There is also a drop box located outside the recreation office at 55 Recreation Rd. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the recreation office at 964-6281 or email In addition, they have also suspended the April 9, 2020 Over 55 Luncheon and April 17-18, 2020, Rye Art in Bloom, and the May 14, 2020 Over 55 Luncheon.  Click here for press release

Public Works/ Recycling Center: Open, however the Public Works office is closed to the public.

Recycling is now being accepted. Please follow staff instructions and social distance.

The transfer station will no longer accept bulky materials, construction debris, tires, propane tanks, waste oil, and white goods with refrigerant, or any electronic items. Click here for press release.

Swap shop remains closed.

Rye Schools: Closed for remainder of the school year. Emergency order extension announced 4/16/20 

Rye Library: Closed. They have a wide variety of resources on their website still available.

Seacoast Science Center: Closed.

State Parks and State Beaches: Open. Parking limited to 50% capacity

Star Island / Isle of Shoals: Star Island will remained closed this summer. Click here for press release.




We will share any updates on our website as well as social media as they become available.

Last update: 6/1/2020 @ 0100