COVID-19 Economic Development Press Releases

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


COVID-19 Economic Development

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

BRISTOL, RI– Today, the Town of Bristol and Bristol Merchants Association (BMA) announced recipients of awards totaling more than $60,000 through the Take It Outside Program.

The 15 awardees will receive a variety of items such as heat lamps, tents, and lighting to encourage and increase outdoor commerce.

Recipients of this program include:

  • 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

New applications will be considered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Due to the high demand for supplies, it is highly recommended that businesses submit an application as soon as possible. Applications should be submitted by email to

For the latest program and application information, please visit


COVID-19 Economic Development Press Releases

Bristol Announces ‘Take It Outside’ Application Process for Businesses

BRISTOL, RI-On Thursday, October 15th, 2020, The Town of Bristol and the Bristol Merchants Association announced an application process for businesses to request outdoor equipment including heating lamps, tents, and string lights.

The ‘Take It Outside‘ Initiative was created to encourage and increase outdoor commerce and reduce the transmission rate of COVID-19. Earlier this month, the Town of Bristol was awarded $75,000 in grant funds from the Rhode Island Commerce to support this program.

The Town of Bristol and BMA have established two rounds of applications. Due to limited supplies, the Town respectfully asks applicants limit their request to essential needs only.

The Round One application deadline is Tuesday, October 20th, 2020. Applications should be submitted by email to the Bristol Merchants Association at If the Town of Bristol has additional supplies, it will review applications submitted after the round one deadline on a first-come, first-serve basis.

To download the application, please visit

For additional questions related the Take It Outside initiative, please contact the Bristol Merchants Association at


COVID-19 Economic Development Press Releases

Bristol Awarded $75,000 to Support Local Business Efforts to ‘Take It Outside’

BRISTOL, RI– On Thursday, October 1st, 2020, Governor Gina Raimondo and Commerce Rhode Island awarded the Town of Bristol $75,0000 through the State’s ‘Take It Outside‘ Initiative.

The ‘Take It Outside‘ Initiative was created to encourage and increase outdoor commerce and reduce the transmission rate of COVID-19. In May, Bristol was one of the first communities in Rhode Island to introduce temporary eat-out zones.

“The Town of Bristol is proud it can help local businesses continue to operate outdoors this fall,” said Town Administrator Steven Contente. “Thank you to Governor Raimondo and the Rhode Island Commerce team for their support.”

This funding will cover the cost of purchasing items such as outdoor heating lamps, fuel, tents, and lighting for Bristol’s small businesses.

In the coming weeks, the Town of Bristol will procure equipment and partner with the Bristol Merchants Association and East Bay Chamber of Commerce to finalize a distribution plan.

Additional information will be made available on the Town of Bristol website at and through social media.

For additional questions, please contact Chris Vitale, Economic Development Coordinator at


Administration COVID-19 Press Releases

Motor Vehicle Tax Bills Delayed

BRISTOL, RI – Due to the uncertainty surrounding the State budget process, Motor Vehicle Tax bills are not being sent at this time. The Town of Bristol has been made aware that there may be changes made to the Motor Vehicle tax phase-out program. As a result, the Town will wait until the State budget is finalized before sending out the tax bills.  Quarterly due dates will be adjusted accordingly. For more information, please contact Michelle DiMeo, Bristol’s Tax Assessor / Collector at


COVID-19 Press Releases

COVID–19 Temporary Vault Access Procedure

August 24th, 2020 Update: New England Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) released updated guidance on handling books and other archival materials during the COVID-19 crisis here.


“The Town has been informed through the State Archives that there are certain risks relating to transmission of COVID-19 through the handling of books and other archival materials. A detailed set of guidelines, as provided by the New England Document Conservation Center (NEDCC), can be found here.

This information has led the Town Clerk’s office to make the difficult decision of limiting Town Vault access with in a manner that is suggested to be safe for all of our customers who wish to handle the books and maps held in our vault.

Please be aware that more than 30 years of Land Evidence records, and a considerably larger range of recorded land maps, are available to the public online here. The Town Clerk’s office will also provide scanned copies of earlier documents by telephone or email request. The information found online is typically sufficient to satisfy most needs during this temporary restriction period.

Individuals who find they still require in-person vault access can call the Bristol Town Clerk’s office for an appointment.  Appointments are now scheduled to allow for a three-day quarantine period after each visit, replacing the previous seven-day waiting period policy.

All visitors will be required to respond to certain health-related questions, wear gloves and masks and sign the waiver of liability attached.

Your patience and cooperation is greatly appreciated during this difficult time.  We sincerely believe that this policy is temporary and look forward to a time when we can return to normal.”


Louis P. Cirillo
Bristol Town Clerk

COVID-19 Press Releases

HEZ Releases COVID-19 Community Needs Survey

The Bristol Health Equity Zone is seeking input from those with specific knowledge of needs in different sectors of our community, resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, in order to best allocate potential federal funding that Rhode Island is positioned to receive under the CARES Act.

We invite you to take our brief survey with an eye to what you observe in your work/community role(s) so we can better understand immediate needs during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as needs related to future pandemics.

You can access the survey until June 12 by going to:

Please share widely with your colleagues and local contacts.

Thank you for partnering with us for a healthy community!


Administration COVID-19 Economic Development Press Releases

Bristol Announces Temporary Eat Out Zones, Extends Sidewalk Use Licenses


BRISTOL, RI – To promote safe public access to restaurants and local businesses, Bristol Town Administrator Steven Contente signed Executive Order 20-09, which authorizes the temporary expansion of outdoor dining spaces and extends expiring sidewalk use licenses through the duration of the State of Emergency.

Beginning Monday, May 18th, 2020, restaurants will be able to temporarily expand their outdoor service areas into sidewalks and adjacent public or private spaces. 

The Town will issue Temporary Outdoor Dining Expansion Permits to interested businesses anywhere in the Town and without application fees or permit fees. Permit applications will be available online beginning Thursday, May 14th, 2020, at 4:00 PM. 

Expansions must follow the executive orders issued by Governor Gina Raimondo as well as directives issued by the Rhode Island Department of Health, Department of Business Regulation, or any other state agency, including but not limited to the ’Phase I Guidelines for Restaurants,’ on

The full executive order is available online here.

For additional information on this program, please contact Chris Vitale, Bristol’s Economic Development Coordinator by emailing


Businesses that want to submit for a Temporary Outdoor Dining Expansion Permit can do so
through the Town’s online e-permitting platform.

Administration COVID-19 Press Releases

Bristol Reopens Town Hall, Announces Changes to In-Person Service

Beginning today, Monday, May 11th, 2020, Bristol Town Hall will resume its in-person services for the public. Over the past two weeks, Town Hall has undergone interior renovations to limit exposure.

In addition to the new physical barriers, Town is implementing the following additional safety protocols:

  • All persons entering Town Hall must wear a cloth face-covering mask per RIDOH regulations and active executive orders. Individuals will not be serviced without a face covering.
  • All persons should remain at least six (6) feet apart at all times. Markings have been placed along the floor to indicate proper spacing between individuals.
  • One-way foot traffic has been instituted inside a majority of Town Hall’s public area to help more individuals avoid coming into close contact with others as they conduct their business.
  • Hand sanitizer has been made available at all entryways, service counters, and public workspaces for individuals.
  • All high-touch, high-traffic areas will undergo increased cleaning and disinfecting throughout the day per CDC guidelines.

The Town of Bristol is pleased to reopen Town Hall and looks forward to serving constituents in a safe and professional manner. 

As always, residents are encouraged to conduct their business with the Town by phone (401-253-7000), by U.S. Mail, or online at

Online services include:

Tax Payments: Residents and businesses can conveniently pay their property taxes online at 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

Municipal Court Fees: Constituents can pay traffic and parking tickets online at

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 To report an emergency that requires an 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

More information about the Town’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak can be found online at To view the latest guidance from the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH), please visit

COVID-19 Press Releases

Bristol Renews Local State of Emergency to May 20th, 2020


BRISTOL, RI—On Monday, May 4th, 2020, Town Administrator Steven Contente signed Executive Order 20-07, which renews the Declaration of State of Emergency in the Town of Bristol, Rhode Island. Executive Order 20-07 supersedes Executive Order 20-06 and will remain in full force and effect until May 20th, 2020.

The Town of Bristol urges residents to follow the instructions of the Rhode Island Department of Health here:

For the latest local information, please visit Bristol’s COVID-19 fact page here: