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UPDATED: Bristol Amends Masking Requirement for Town Buildings

UPDATED February 10th, 2022 10:45 AM

BRISTOL, RI-On Thursday, February 10th, 2022, Town Administrator Contente issued an Administrative Directive removing face mask requirements inside town facilities. This directive aligns with the State’s expiring Executive Order.

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BRISTOL, RI– In response to favorable COVID-19 data, Town Administrator Steven Contente announced that Bristol will be updating its masking requirement for town buildings.

Effective Thursday, February 10th, 2022, at 8:00 AM, individuals who are up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccinations will not be required to wear a face mask in town facilities.

The full administrative directive can be read below.

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Bristol Increases Availability of COVID-19 Test Kits for At-Need Residents

BRISTOL, RI- On Wednesday, January 26th, 2022, the Town of Bristol announced that it will offer COVID-19 test kits to residents in its senior population or who are immunocompromised. For additional questions or to receive a test kit, please contact Coordinator of Senior Services Mary Ann Quinn by phone at 401-253-1611 or via email at [email protected].

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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: covid.ri.gov/testing.

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 COVIDTests.gov. 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 portal.ri.gov/s/selftest.

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 portal.ri.gov 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 portal.ri.gov/s/selftest.

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 portal.ri.gov/s/selftest.

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Bristol Updates Masking Requirement for Town Buildings

BRISTOL, RI– In response to the increasing level of community transmission of COVID-19, Town Administrator Steven Contente announced enhanced safety measures at Town buildings.

Effective Monday, January 3rd, 2022, a face mask is required at all indoor town facilities regardless of vaccination status. Certain exceptions are permitted including speaking at a public event and when employees are working alone in an office space.

The full administrative directive can be read below.

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Bristol Provides Update on COVID-19 Safety Protocols for Town Buildings, Local Vaccination Clinics, New Rapid Testing Site

BRISTOL, RI– On Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021, the Town of Bristol announced several updates to its COVID-19 response efforts.

COVID-19 Safety Protocols at Town Buildings

As of Monday, December 20th, 2021, a Face Mask or Proof of Vaccination is required at all Town Buildings per RI Executive Order 21-116. This Executive Order is in effect until January 18th, 2022.

Municipal COVID-19 Vaccination & Booster Clinics

The Bristol Fire Department will operate a COVID-19 vaccine & booster clinic on Tuesdays and Thursdays through January 2022. Appointments can be scheduled online by visiting here or by calling Mary Ann Quinn, Bristol’s Coordinator of Senior Services, at 401-253-1611 ext. 606. Limited spaces are available, however, residents are encouraged to check back frequently for additional openings.

State of Rhode Island Rapid Testing Site

On Tuesday, December 22nd, 2021, The State of Rhode Island opened a new rapid testing site at 655 Metacom Avenue (Former Benny’s). Appointments are required. To schedule your test, please visit portal.ri.gov or call 401-222-8022.

For the latest local COVID-19 news and information, please visit www.bristolri.gov/covid-19.

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Bristol Provides Update on Local Vaccination Effort, Sets Final Testing Clinic Date

COVID-19 Vaccinations- Bristol-Run Vaccination Site

On Saturday, March 13th, 2021, the Town of Bristol successfully completed the first dose delivery of the COVID-19 Moderna vaccine to residents primarily 75 and older. Over the next four weeks, the Town will be working to administer the second dose of the vaccine to the same population. Residents at Benjamin Church Manor and School/Childcare personnel will also receive their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of March.

To date, the Town clinics has administered 5,496 doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

With the State’s moves to a regional vaccination distribution model, there are no further allocations of the COVID-19 vaccine to the Town at this time. The Town of Bristol will continue to work closely with RIDOH to ensure all residents can get vaccinated.

Moving forward, all new vaccination appointments should be done through the State-Run Vaccination Sites, Select Local Pharmacies, or Select Hospitals.

For more information on how to register for the COVID-19 vaccine or view eligibility, please visit www.bristolri.gov/vaccination.

COVID-19 Testing – Bristol Town Beach Site

As of April 1st, 2021, the Town of Bristol will cease its weekly testing clinic at the Bristol Town Beach. With the increased availability of COVID-19 tests, there has been a reduced need for the Town’s site.

The final testing clinic will be held on March 27th, 2021 from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM.

As of Saturday, March 13th, 2021, the Bristol Test Site has conducted 4,079 rapid tests.

Moving forward, Bristol residents are 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 also 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 portal.ri.gov 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.

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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: www.vaccinateri.org/ 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 bit.ly/LifespanVax.
  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: bit.ly/homeboundvax.

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: www.bristolri.gov/vaccination. 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 portal.ri.gov 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 (www.bristolri.gov) and through the Bristol Phoenix. 

Sincerely,

Steven Contente, Town Administrator

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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 www.bristolri.gov/vaccination.

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Bristol Adjusts COVID-19 Rapid Test Site Hours

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 Wednesday, February 10th, 2021, the Town of Bristol announced a change to its COVID-19 drive-through testing site hours.

Moving forward, the clinic will run on the following schedule, weather permitting, at the Bristol Town Beach (50 Asylum Road, Bristol, RI 02809):

  • Thursdays from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Saturdays from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Bristol residents are also encouraged to visit the asymptomatic pop-up COVID-19 test site, located in 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*

*This schedule is for an indefinite period of time.

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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