Administration COVID-19 Press Releases

Bristol Provides Update on COVID-19 Testing Availability

BRISTOL, RI- On Wednesday, January 19th, 2022, the Town of Bristol provided the community an update on COVID-19 test availability. For more information, please visit the State of Rhode Island’s COVID-19 site at:

Federal At-Home Test Kit Program

The federal government has launched a new program to provide every U.S. residential address four (4) free at-⁠home rapid COVID-⁠19 tests. Bristol residents can order their test kits through the United States Postal Service (USPS) online at Test kits will typically ship within 7-12 days of ordering and are completely free.

Please Note: The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) encourages residents to report their self-test results by visiting

State COVID-19 Testing

The State of Rhode Island operates a rapid testing site at 655 Metacom Avenue (Former Benny’s). Residents that require a COVID-19 test should schedule their appointment by visiting or by calling 401-222-8022.

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

Pharmacy COVID-19 Testing & At-Home Kits

COVID-19 test appointments and at-home test kits are available at select pharmacies and respiratory clinics throughout the State of Rhode Island.

Please Note: The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) encourages residents to report their self-test results by visiting

FEMA Public Assistance At-Home Test Kit Program

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is preparing to distribute approximately 6,500 rapid at-home test kits to specific community groups within Bristol. Eligibility to receive these test kits was determined by FEMA Public Assistance guidance. In Bristol, these at-home test kits will be provided to the Bristol-Warren Regional School District, Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, and the Bristol Health Equity Zone (HEZ) for distribution.

Please Note: The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) encourages residents to report their self-test results by visiting


Administration Press Releases

Town Administrator Contente Extends Resident Beach Rate to All BWRSD Families

BRISTOL, RI-On Wednesday, July 6th, 2021, Town Administrator Steven Contente directed Bristol’s Parks & Recreation Department to make the Bristol Resident Beach permit and fee rate available to all students & families of the Bristol-Warren Regional School District.

Under this administrative directive, families of BWRSD students can pay the reduced resident rate of $5.00/vehicle Monday-Friday and $10.00/vehicle on weekends and holidays at the Bristol Town Beach and Sports Complex.

“So many of our students have had to attend school remotely during this past year, missing out on both social interaction with other students and outdoor sports and recreation,” said Town Administrator Contente, “I want to encourage healthy outdoor activities during the summer.”

This program will remain in effect until the expiration of the local emergency order.

The Town Administrator’s full directive can be read below.


Administration Economic Development Press Releases

Weekend High Speed Ferry Returns to Bristol this Summer

BRISTOL, RI– On Thursday, June 18th, 2021, the State of Rhode Island announced the return of the Providence-Newport Ferry for its sixth summer season. For the third consecutive year, the Providence-Newport Ferry will also make weekend stop in Bristol through Labor Day weekend.

“The return of the Providence-Newport Ferry is another signpost on the path to restoring our economy and our way of life as the pandemic eases,” Gov. Dan McKee said. “I urge everyone to take advantage of this great resource to enjoy Narragansett Bay and everything that Newport, Providence and Bristol have to offer this summer.”

“We are pleased to welcome back Seastreak and its passengers to Bristol Harbor,” said Bristol Town Administrator Steven Contente. “Visitors will find many fine restaurants and attractions within walking distance in our historic downtown. We hope riders enjoy their time in Bristol and have a great summer.”

Prior to the pandemic, a survey was commissioned by the State to determine the economic impact of the high speed ferry on the participating communities. Based on survey responses, ferry passengers reported spending an average of $87 per person per day in town.

For more information and to purchase ferry tickets, please visit


Administration COVID-19 Press Releases

Town Administrator Contente Provides COVID-19 Vaccination & Testing Update

Dear Residents of Bristol,

I hope you are doing well. As we mark almost a year since the first case of COVID-19 in Rhode Island, I want to thank all of our residents for doing their part to reduce the spread of the virus and helping our most vulnerable population. It has been a difficult year, but there is an end in sight.

Rhode Island’s COVID-19 positivity rate continues to decline (2.1% this week), and 225,551 vaccinations have been administered statewide.

Locally, we continue to coordinate with the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) to vaccinate residents 75 years and older off of Bristol’s local vaccination waitlist.

Until all residents can get vaccinated, please continue to remain vigilant and safe.

COVID-19 Vaccine

There are several options for Bristol residents 65 years of age or older to be vaccinated:

  1. State-Run Vaccination Sites: Register for a vaccine at the two state sites in Providence and Cranston here: or call 844-930-1779. We will update you as more State-Run Vaccination Sites become available.
  2. Pharmacies: CVS and Walgreens are now accepting online reservations.
  3. Lifespan Clinic: To register, please visit
  4. At-Home: If you are unable to leave home to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, or are the healthcare provider or family caregiver of someone who is homebound, please inform RIDOH through the following form:

At this time, the Bristol-Run Vaccination Site is only accepting pre-registrations for residents 75 years of age and older.

For the latest information on Rhode Island’s vaccination effort, please visit: To sign up for RIDOH’s weekly vaccination newsletter, please click here.

COVID-19 Testing

Due to the decreased volume of residents seeking COVID-19 tests, the Town of Bristol will be adjusting its testing site hours. Effective March 1st, 2021, the Town of Bristol will be operating its testing clinic at the Bristol Town Beach (50 Asylum Road, Bristol, RI 02809) at the following time:

  • Saturdays from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM (Weather permitting)

Bristol residents are also encouraged to visit the asymptomatic pop-up COVID-19 test site, located inside the former Jos. A. Bank storefront at the Barrington Shopping Center (180 County Road, Barrington, RI 02806). That testing site is operated by the Rhode Island National Guard and runs on the following schedule:

  • Tuesday-Saturday from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Eastbay Community Action Program is operating a testing site in Warren, in a modular unit on Railroad Ave. near the post office. Appointments are required and can be made at or by calling 401-222-8022 and selecting option 4.

  • Monday, Wednesday, & Friday from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

For a full list of rapid & PCR testing sites in the State, please click here.

As more information becomes available, the Town will continue to post updates to the Town of Bristol’s website ( and through the Bristol Phoenix. 


Steven Contente, Town Administrator

Administration COVID-19 Press Releases

State Updates COVID-19 Vaccination Registration Process, Opens Eligibility to 65+ Residents Starting February 22nd

BRISTOL, RI– On Wednesday, February 17th, 2021, the State of Rhode Island announced the updated vaccination registration process for residents.

Beginning Monday, February 22nd, 2021, residents age 65 years and older will be eligible to schedule their COVID-19 vaccination appointment. Moving forward, all new vaccination appointments should be done through the State-Run Vaccination Sites or Select Local Pharmacies.

Residents can register at the State-Run Vaccination Sites in two different ways:

Alternatively, residents can schedule a vaccination appointment through select CVS or Walgreens pharmacies.

“The Town of Bristol is committed to helping residents get the COVID-19 vaccine in the quickest, most efficient manner,” said Bristol Town Administrator Steven Contente. “Bristol will continue to vaccinate the residents on our 75+ waitlist and work with the State as they consolidate the registration process.”

Bristol residents age 75+ that pre-registered for the vaccine through the Bristol-Run Vaccination Site will remain on the town’s waitlist. As vaccine doses become available, a town representative will contact residents on the town waitlist to schedule their first vaccination appointment.

Bristol’s latest COVID-19 vaccination updates can be viewed by visiting


Administration COVID-19 Press Releases

Bristol Establishes COVID-19 Vaccination Registration Process for Residents

BRISTOL, RI– On Thursday, January 28th, 2021, Bristol Town Administrator Steven Contente announced Bristol’s COVID-19 vaccination registration process for senior residents.

Beginning Monday, February 1st, 2021, at 8:30 AM, Bristol residents aged 75 years and older can sign up to be placed on Bristol’s COVID-19 Vaccination Waitlist. As vaccines become available, the Town of Bristol will contact residents on the waitlist to schedule their first COVID-19 vaccination appointment. Bristol will be following the Rhode Island Department of Health’s distribution guidelines. The Town will be using an age-based list with the most senior residents being called first as vaccines become available.

Residents can register two different ways:

  1. Online – The online registration form will be available at beginning February 1st, 2021 at 8:30 AM.
  2. By Phone – To register by phone, residents can call the Parks & Recreation Senior Services Office at 401-253-1611 Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:30 AM-3:30 PM. If the phone line is busy, please leave a message with your contact information and a staff member will call you back.

“The Town of Bristol is establishing this list now so as soon as the doses are delivered, we can call our residents and get them vaccinated,” said Bristol Town Administrator Steven Contente.

Bristol’s latest COVID-19 vaccination updates can be viewed by visiting


Administration COVID-19 Press Releases

Bristol Opens COVID-19 Rapid Testing Site for Residents

Testing Site Hours Update

On February 27th, 2021, the Town of Bristol announced a change to its COVID-19 drive-through testing site hours. The new hours are Saturdays from 10:00AM-2:00PM.

BRISTOL, RI– On Friday, January 8th, 2021, the Town of Bristol announced that it will begin operating a COVID-19 drive-through testing site at the Bristol Town Beach. This site will be a municipally run and sponsored COVID-19 rapid testing clinic.

“I am proud that our Fire Department and Police Department were able to work together to plan and complete this important public health service for the residents of Bristol,” said Bristol Town Administrator Steven Contente. “My hope is that locally available tests will help minimize the spread of COVID-19 by making it much easier for residents to get tested.”

The first clinic will take place on Saturday, January 9th, 2021, from 10:00AM to 4:00 PM at the Bristol Town Beach (50 Asylum Road, Bristol, RI 02809).

Moving forward, the clinic will run on the following schedule:

  • Tuesdays from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Thursdays from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Saturdays from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

No appointment is necessary to receive a test. Upon arriving at the Bristol Town Beach, residents will be asked to complete a short registration form. Clinic workers will direct residents through a drive-through lane, where they will receive their test kits. Residents will be asked to stay in their vehicles while they take the test. After submitting the test samples, residents can choose to wait for their results or leave the testing site. All residents will receive their results by phone on the same day as they took their test.

All testing and result data will be delivered securely to the Rhode Island Department of Health.

Please Note: Residents that are symptomatic or require documentation showing negative test results should receive a PCR test by visiting

For more information on Bristol’s COVID-19 testing clinic and answers to frequently asked questions, please visit the town’s COVID-19 dashboard at


Administration Economic Development Press Releases

Bristol Implements Tangible Tax Reform, Creates Exemption for Small Businesses

BRISTOL, RI– On December 30th, 2020, the Bristol Town Council voted unanimously to approve a new tangible tax exemption, which reduces the administrative and financial burden of reporting on local small businesses.

Businesses that operate in Bristol and whose total tangible property is assessed at ten thousand ($10,000) or less can now request to be exempt from completing the full annual return and paying the applicable tax.

Of the 720 businesses that operate in Bristol, approximately 400 would be eligible for this new exemption based on last year’s tangible property assessments.

“This exemption is another step in the right direction to help our businesses and make Bristol a very well-balanced place to live and work,” said Bristol Town Administrator Steven Contente.

In 2018, Bristol began its tax reform efforts by creating a new electronic return that simplified reporting and auto-calculated assets’ depreciation.

In 2019, the Town of Bristol voted to put the $10,000 tangible tax exemption plan before the State Legislature for final approval.

Spearheaded by Bristol’s Economic Development Coordinator Chris Vitale and Tax Assessor Michelle DiMeo, the Town worked with State leaders to get the enabling legislation (RIGL 44-3-3.66) approved earlier this year.

Eligible businesses can now request the new tangible tax exemption on the Annual Return.

The Annual Return form is available for download on the Town of Bristol website at Returns are due to the Bristol Tax Assessor’s Office (10 Court Street, Bristol, RI 02809) by 12 o’clock midnight EST, January 31st, 2021.

For more information on Bristol’s new tangible tax exemption, please contact Economic Development Coordinator Chris Vitale at [email protected] or Tax Assessor Michelle DiMeo at [email protected].


Administration Press Releases

Holiday Compost & Christmas Tree Pick-Up Schedule

Bristol will be picking up yard waste by appointment only on Thursday, December 24th, 2020, and Thursday, December 30th due to the Christmas and New Year holidays. Calls must be made to schedule appointments by 3:30PM the Wednesday before the 24th and 30th.

On January 8th, the Town of Bristol will resume appointments on Fridays. Residents are asked to call by 3:30PM on Thursdays to be placed on the Friday list.

Christmas Trees will be collected on the same days as resident’s trash days starting on Monday, December 28th, 2020, and ending on Friday, January 15th, 2021. Trees must have ornaments removed and be free of any plastic bags or tree stands.

Any residents needing to have a tree or yard waste removed after these dates are asked to call the Water Pollution Control Department at 401-253-8877 by 3:30PM on Thursdays to be placed on the Friday pick-up list for that week.

Thank you for your cooperation.


Administration Press Releases

Bristol Holds Virtual Inauguration Ceremony

BRISTOL, RI– On Monday, December 7th, 2020, the Town of Bristol held a swearing-in ceremony for the elected positions of the Town Administrator, Town Councilors, and Town Clerk.

Prior to taking the oath of office, the re-elected Town Councilman Nathan Calouro opened the ceremony with a brief introduction. Speaking on behalf of the Town’s other elected officials, Mr. Calouro shared sentiments about the COVID-19 pandemic stating, “Bristol’s a resilient place, and my colleagues and I know that we (the community) will make it through this.”

Bristol’s elected positions are two year terms. Bristol’s 25th Reorganizational Town Council Meeting will be Wednesday, December 9th, 2020 at 7:00 PM via Zoom. For meeting details, please visit the Bristol Town Website at

The ceremony was streamed live, and is available for viewing below.

Elected Officials

Town Administrator
Steven Contente

Town Council
Nathan T. Calouro
Antonio A. Teixeira
Mary A. Parella
Timothy Edward Sweeney
Aaron J. Ley

Town Clerk
Melissa Cordeiro