COVID-19

COVID-19 Town Buildings Update

As of Friday, February 11th, 2022, a face mask is optional inside town facilities.

Overview

The Coronavirus Disease 2019 or COVID-19 (formerly referred to as 2019 Novel Coronavirus or 2019-nCoV) is a respiratory virus that was first identified in Wuhan, China in December of 2019. 

The developments associated with COVID-19 are rapidly evolving, and the Town of Bristol will continue to provide residents and businesses with information on this webpage.

COVID-19 Vaccination & Booster Information

To schedule your appointment, please visit here or call Mary Ann Quinn, Bristol Coordinator of Senior Services at 401-253-1611 ext. 606.

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine and clinic location, please visit the State website here.

COVID-19 Testing Information

To schedule your test, please visit portal.ri.gov or call 401-222-8022.

To learn more about scheduling a Rapid or PCR COVID-19 Test, please visit the State website here.

COVID-19 Data Portal

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is working with the CDC to track confirmed and potential cases throughout the state. Additionally, RIDOH is tracking the State’s vaccination progress.

At-Home Test Kits

Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order four (4) free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. The tests are completely free. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days.

Business Resources

The Town of Bristol has established a listing to help connect businesses with available COVID-19 disaster resources. For more information, please contact Bristol’s Director of Economic Development and Communications at [email protected].

Reopening Rhode Island

The State of Rhode Island has created a website that outlines the latest COVID-19 mandates and guidance for businesses.

State COVID-19 Assistance

Commerce RI Business Support

Commerce Rhode Island has established a COVID-19 site that includes a comprehensive list of State services being offered to businesses impacted by the coronavirus crisis.

Call 401-521-HELP for more information, or follow the link below.

RI Department of Health Business Support

The Rhode Island Department of Health is currently offering On-Site Business Vaccination Clinics and a Community Support Testing Program for businesses. For more information, please contact the Rhode Island Department of Health using the link below.

SBA Business Support

In response to COVID-19, the U.S. Small Business Administration is offering several financial relief options for businesses.

EastBayRI Open Businesses

East Bay Media Group is maintaining a list of restaurants and businesses that are open or have adjusted hours of operation. Businesses are encouraged to add their listing to the East Bay RI website using the link below.

Local COVID-19 Relief

Temporary Outdoor Dining Expansion “Eat Out Zone” Program

To promote safe public access to restaurants and local businesses, Bristol Town Administrator Steven Contente signed Executive Order 20-09, which authorized the creation of temporary eat-out zones.

This program ended on November 30th, 2021.

Bristol Take It Outside Program

The Town of Bristol partnered with the Bristol Merchants Association (BMA) to supply businesses with outdoor equipment including heating lamps, tents, string lights, and propane.

This program ended on November 30th, 2021.

Microenterprise Stabilization Grant Program (MicroE)

The Town of Bristol, with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds provided by the R. I. Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), is offering working capital grants to qualifying small business microenterprises adversely impacted by COVID-19. Learn more about the program eligibility and details.

The deadline to submit an application was April 29th, 2021 at 4:00 PM.

COVID-19 Property Tax Deferral

Authorized under Bristol Executive Order 20-05, residential and commercial property owners were able to request a 90-day waiver for local property tax late fees and interest for payments due May 15th, 2020. For more information, please email to [email protected].

This program ended on May 15th, 2020.

Latest News & Announcements

Local Updates


State Updates

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is leading the State’s COVID-19 response efforts. The latest information, guidance, and mandates issued by the State are available on the RIDOH website.

Resident Resources

COVID-19 At-Home Test Kits

Federal At-Home Test Kits – Every home in the U.S. can order four (4) free at-home COVID-⁠19 tests beginning January 19th, 2022.

Pharmacy At-Home Test Kits – COVID-19 test appointments and at-home test kits are available at select pharmacies and respiratory clinics throughout the State of Rhode Island.

Town of Bristol At-Home Test Kits – The Town of Bristol offers test kits to senior residents and those who have a weakened immune system. For more information, please contact Mary Ann Quinn at 401-253-1611.

401Health App

401Health is Rhode Island’s public health mobile application. Currently, the application provides Rhode Islanders with an easy way to track COVID-19 symptoms; find COVID-19 vaccine records; and learn about COVID-19 testing, treatment, and vaccination. The app can be downloaded in the App Store or Google Play.

RentReliefRI

Rhode Island has received $200 million in rent relief funds from the federal Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Program. This program will provide rental and utility relief payments to help eligible renters maintain housing stability.

Please Note: The federally-funded RentReliefRI program will close to new applications on June 1, 2022.

COVID-19 Test Portal

The State of Rhode Island has established a website to schedule a COVID-19 test and view test results.

RI Delivers

The State of Rhode Island has established a website with information on local organizations that can assist with grocery, medicatiosn, and meal delivery.

COVID-19 Fact Page

The CDC has created a fact page to provide residents with information on COVID-19.

Mental Health Service Hotline

During this difficult time, the State of Rhode Island wants all residents to know they can call the mental health hotline. This hotline is available 24/7.

Safe Harbor Housing Program – United Way

Are you a tenant behind on your rent because of COVID-19?
Are you a landlord whose tenants need help getting back on their feet?
Safe Harbor is an eviction diversion initiative designed to help Rhode Island landlords and tenants resolve disputes over late or unpaid rent without having to go through the traditional court process.

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