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Bristol Opens COVID-19 Rapid Testing Site for Residents

BRISTOL, RI– On Friday, January 8th, 2020, 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, 2020, 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 covid.ri.gov/testing.

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 www.bristolri.gov/covid-19/testing.

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Simple Recycling Suspends “Pink Bag” Program

BRISTOL, RI– On December 14th, 2020, Simple Recycling announced the suspension of the Simple Recycling curbside collection program in Bristol effective December 21st, 2020. The notice provided by Simple Recycling can be viewed below.

The Town of Bristol encourages all residents to donate unused textiles to local charities.

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Bristol, State Extend COVID-19 “Pause” to December 20th

BRISTOL, RI– On December 10th, 2020, during the Governor’s weekly COVID-19 press conference, Gina Raimondo announced a one-week extension to the Rhode Island “Pause”, which was originally set to expire on December 13th, 2020. In response to the State’s update, the Town of Bristol has also extended its local guidance one additional week.

An overview of the State’s updated “Pause” restrictions can be found online here.

An overview of Bristol’s local “Pause” can be found below.

  • Town Hall will be open to the public, but limited to essential services only. The Town of Bristol is urging residents to conduct their business with the Town through its website www.bristolri.gov, by phone (401-253-7000), or by U.S. mail. More information on Bristol’s online and mail-in services is below. 
  • Compost curbside pickup will be discontinued for the year. The last day for weekly compost pickup will be Saturday, November 28th, 2020. Residents will still be able to bring their yard waste to the compost facility located at the Transfer Station. The hours of operations can be found here.
  • Indoor classes and programs at the Quinta-Gamelin Community Center will be suspended. 
  • Municipal Court will be postponed until March 2021.
  • Land Evidence recordings will only take place between the hours of 12:00 PM (Noon) and 3:45 PM in the Bristol Town Clerk’s Office.
  • The Rogers Free Library will have no in-person book browsing and restricted computer use.

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Administration COVID-19 Press Releases

Town Administrator Contente Implements Local Two-Week COVID-19 “Pause”

BRISTOL, RI – On Friday, November 20th, 2020, Bristol Town Administrator Steven Contente announced several actions being taken at the local level to coincide with the State of Rhode Island’s two-week “pause”.

Beginning Monday, November 30th, 2020:

  • Town Hall will be open to the public, but limited to essential services only. The Town of Bristol is urging residents to conduct their business with the Town through its website www.bristolri.gov, by phone (401-253-7000), or by U.S. mail. More information on Bristol’s online and mail-in services is below. 
  • Compost curbside pickup will be discontinued for the year. The last day for weekly compost pickup will be Saturday, November 28th, 2020. Residents will still be able to bring their yard waste to the compost facility located at the Transfer Station. The hours of operations can be found here.
  • Indoor classes and programs at the Quinta-Gamelin Community Center will be suspended. 
  • Municipal Court will be postponed until March 2021.
  • Land Evidence recordings will only take place between the hours of 12:00 PM (Noon) and 3:45 PM in the Bristol Town Clerk’s Office.
  • The Rogers Free Library will have no in-person book browsing and restricted computer use.
  • The Town of Bristol’s annual Christmas Festival programs have been modified to limit in person gatherings. Additional information can be found at christmasbristolri.com/.

The measures above will be in place until December 13th, 2020. At that time, the Town will reassess these preventative measures and determine if further action is required.

“Now more than ever, it is important that we all do our part to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community,” said Steven Contente, Town Administrator. “I’d like to thank our employees in the Town of Bristol. They are part of our essential, critical infrastructure here in town, and it’s important that we keep our employees healthy and working so we can continue to serve the public.”

Tax Payments: Residents and businesses can conveniently pay their property taxes online at www.ri.gov/bristol/tax/payment/ or by U.S. mail. Checks should be mailed to 10 Court Street Bristol, RI 02809.  A drop box is also available outside Town Hall. 

Building Permits: Residents and businesses can apply for a variety of building permits through the Town’s Viewpoint Cloud platform at bristolri.viewpointcloud.com

Municipal Court Fees: Constituents can pay traffic and parking tickets online at www.curiasystems.com/payment

File a Police Report: The Bristol Police Department provides a convenient alternative for citizens to report non-emergency situations that have occurred with the Town of Bristol, RI. The online reporting system can be used to report vandalism, identity theft, credit card fraud, lost/missing items, theft of packages, harassment and other non-emergency incidents. To file a report, please visit www.bristolri.gov/online-police-reporting/. If you are reporting an incident to Bristol Police that involves an emergency requiring immediate police response DIAL 9-1-1. 

Town Clerk Services: The Bristol Town Clerk’s Office offers constituents several online services including access to the land evidence database, submission of a public records request, and vital records requests. To learn more, please visit the Town website at www.bristolri.gov/town-clerk/

More information about the Town’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak can be found online at www.bristolri.gov/covid-19/. To view the latest guidance from the State of Rhode Island, please visit reopeningri.com/.

“Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation. We look forward to the vaccine being delivered locally in the coming months, and we are hopeful that by this time next year, we will be in a much better place,” said Bristol Town Administrator Contente.

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Bristol Announces Supplemental Award for Take It Outside Recipients

BRISTOL, RI– On Monday, November 9th, 2020, the Town of Bristol announced supplemental assistance for all Take It Outside awardees.

Beginning Thursday, November 12th, 2020, businesses will be able to receive free propane fuel from Sunshine Fuels & Energy Services on a limited basis through December 18th, 2020. Further details will be provided to Take It Outside awardees shortly.

“With this service offering, the Town is pleased that it could complement the support that’s been provided to date,” said Chris Vitale, Economic Development Coordinator.

This service will be offered until December 18th OR until the credit at Sunshine Fuel has been depleted.

Last month, the Town supported twenty-two (22) local businesses by procuring and distributing outdoor equipment such as patio heaters, lighting, and commercial tents.

This program is funded through the State of Rhode Island’s Take It Outside initiative.

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Bristol Announces Round Two Award Recipients for the Take It Outside Program

BRISTOL, RI– Today, the Town of Bristol and Bristol Merchants Association (BMA) announced an additional 7 recipients of awards through the Take It Outside Program.

With this latest round of awards, the Town of Bristol has supported a total of twenty-two (22) businesses locally. The full list of recipients can be viewed below.

Round Two Recipients:

  • Mount Hope Farm
  • S.S. Dion
  • Roberto’s Restaurant
  • Bristol Elks Lodge
  • Nancy Guertin Therapy
  • Sunset Cafe
  • Twelve Guns Brewing
  • DeWolf Tavern*

Round One Recipients:

  • Judge Roy Bean Saloon
  • Statesman Tavern
  • Bar 31
  • Bristol House of Pizza
  • Pomodoro Pizzeria
  • Leo’s Ristorante
  • Green Eggs
  • Audubon Society
  • Casa Margaritas
  • Quito’s Restaurant
  • Rivers & Rhodes
  • DeWolf Tavern
  • Thames Waterside
  • The Wave
  • The Beach House

Earlier this month, the Town of Bristol was awarded $75,000 through the State’s Take It Outside RFP to fund this initiative. On October 23rd, 2020, the Town received an additional $25,000 from the State to expand its program.

In addition to the latest round of awards, the Town of Bristol and BMA expect to announce supplemental assistance for outdoor heating expenses in the coming days.

For information on Bristol’s Take It Outside program, please visit www.bristolri.gov/take-it-outside.

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Bristol Awarded Additional $25,000 for Take It Outside Program

BRISTOL, RI– On Friday, October 23rd, 2020, Governor Gina Raimondo and Rhode Island Commerce awarded the Town of Bristol an additional $25,000 to support local business efforts to ‘Take It Outside’. This competitive grant process saw a total of $3.1M awarded to 68 different organizations including municipalities, chambers of commerce, and non-profits.

Earlier this month, the Town of Bristol was awarded $75,000 through the first round of the State’s Take It Outside RFP.

To date, the Town of Bristol has supplied outdoor equipment including heating lamps and lighting to fifteen (15) local businesses.

The Town of Bristol is currently accepting new applications from businesses on a rolling basis. Equipment will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. Businesses are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

For more information on Bristol’s Take It Outside program, please visit www.bristolri.gov/take-it-outside.

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