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Bristol Extends Local State of Emergency to May 4th, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

BRISTOL, RI—On Tuesday April 21st, 2020, Town Administrator Steven Contente signed Executive Order 20-06, which renews the Declaration of State of Emergency in the Town of Bristol, Rhode Island. Executive Order 20-06 supersedes Executive Order 20-04 and will remain in full force and effect until May 4th, 2020.

The Town of Bristol urges residents to follow the instructions of the Rhode Island Department of Health here: health.ri.gov/diseases/ncov2019/

For the latest local information, please visit Bristol’s COVID-19 fact page here: www.bristolri.gov/738/COVID-19.

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Contact: Chris Vitale, Economic Development Coordinator | (401) 253-7000 

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Summary of State and Local COVID-19 Mandates

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Date: Monday, April 6th, 2020 

Contact:  Chris Vitale, Economic Development Coordinator | cvitale@bristolri.gov  

Under the authority of Town of Bristol’s Second Renewed Declaration of State of Emergency (Executive Order 20-04), the Town has directed the following: 

  • All Rhode Island residents are required to stay home unless traveling to work, traveling for medical treatment or obtaining necessities (food, medicine, gas, etc.). Residents can sill go outside to exercise and get fresh air but must practice social distancing and avoid touching surfaces frequently touched by others. 
  • Anyone who is sick must stay home and self-isolate (unless going out for testing or healthcare). 
  • The people who live with that person and who have been in direct close contact with that person should self-quarantine for 14 days. Direct close contact means being within approximately 6 feet of a person for a prolonged period. 
  • Groups over five (5) people are prohibited. Always avoid close personal contact with other people in public. 
  • People who think they have COVID-19 should call their healthcare provider for a consultation. Do not go directly to a healthcare facility without first calling a healthcare provider (unless you are experiencing a medical emergency). 
  • The Town of Bristol has closed its playgrounds, courts, and fields to the public until further notice. The Town of Bristol parks are open for the use of individual and family walking and exercise. The Bristol Police Department will enforce the Emergency Order social distancing and group gathering directives.  

Violations of provisions of a State or Town Emergency Order is punishable by a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars ($500), with every day a violation continues considered a separate violation. 

In addition, the Town of Bristol is providing the following advisories and notices:

  • The Rhode Island Department of Health encourages all Rhode Islanders to consider wearing cloth masks when in public. 
  • Help is available for people living in quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19. Visit www.RIDelivers.com for connections to groceries, home supplies, restaurants, and mutual aid groups. People can also call 2-1-1. Homebound senior residents can also sign up for the Bristol Dinner Program by calling 401-253-2310.  
  • Town Offices are closed to the public. It is highly recommended that constituents conduct their business with the Town through the website (www.bristolri.gov), email or U.S. mail.  
  • The Town of Bristol is continuing its essential public meeting though the Zoom video conference website. 
  • For local questions or special assistance related to COVID-19, residents can contact the Bristol COVID-19 Task Force at 401-253-2310. Information is also available on the Town of Bristol website here
  • If you are a business in need of assistance: 
    • Commerce RI is available by phone at 401-521-HELP to provide technical assistance and offer information on the State resources available. Additional details are available on their website at commerceri.com/covid-19/
    • Bristol COVID-19 Business Task Force: The Town of Bristol is working with community partners to share available resources/services to businesses. For assistance, please call 401-253-7000 ext. 129 or email cvitale@bristolri.gov. Voicemail messages will be referred to Bristol’s COVID-19 Business Task Force. Additional information is available on the Town of Bristol website here

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Town Administrator Announces Local Business Relief Measures

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Date: Friday, April 3rd, 2020 

Contact: Chris Vitale, Economic Development Coordinator | (401) 253-7000 

BRISTOL, RI-On Friday, April 3, 2020, Bristol Town Administrator Steven Contente and Economic Development Coordinator Chris Vitale made several announcements related to local business support. Through Executive Order 20-05: 

  1. The Town of Bristol has established a COVID-19 Business Task Force to connect businesses with State and Federal resources available. 
  2. Local Property Tax Relief: Taxpayers can request a 90-day deferral of local real estate taxes due May 15, 2020. During this deferral period, late fees and interest charges will be waived. A taxpayer’s primary residence or properties associated with a small business, including vacation rentals are eligible for waivers. For more information, please contact the Bristol Tax Assessor’s Office at (401)-253-7000. 
  3. Business Licensing Fee Relief: The Town of Bristol will waive renewal fees for town-issued business licenses that are set to expire during the local State of Emergency.  
  4. Suspending Plastic Bag Ordinance: To protect the health and safety of essential business employees and shoppers, the Town is temporarily suspending Part IV, Chapter 24, Article V of the Bristol Town Code for the duration of the local State of Emergency. This will allow operational flexibility for businesses and reduce handling of customer’s reusable bags by workers during the public health crisis. 
  5. Town-Owned Business Incubator Relief: Rent collection for Town-owned incubator spaces are suspended until June 1st, 2020. Rent due for April and May will be deferred but not waived. Any rent which has been deferred must be repaid in full by October 1, 2020. 

“Throughout this crisis, most local businesses have seen a decrease or halt in revenue. It’s my hope that today’s emergency measures help reduce some anxiety,” said Town Administrator Steven Contente. “The Town will continue to advocate for businesses that are applying for State and Federal assistance and help in anyway that it can.” 

These policies take effect immediately and remain in full force through the duration of the local State of Emergency. 

Beginning Monday, April 6, 2020, the Town of Bristol will be adding additional resources/services on its website including:  

  • Business Impact Survey: The Town of Bristol will be collecting information from its businesses, non-profits, and art groups to determine the effects of COVID-19 to date. Bristol’s Business Impact Survey will assist municipal staff and community partners in their economic recovery efforts. 
  • Virtual Consultations: Bristol’s Economic Development Coordinator will be available for consultations through the Zoom video conference platform. The Town can help connect businesses with available State and Federal resources.  
  • Public Event Planning: If your community event has or will been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, the Town of Bristol will assist with rescheduling to later this year. 
  • Program Overviews and Guides: The Town of Bristol will provide information on available State and Federal business assistance programs. 

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

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Bristol Provides COVID-19 Update for March 17th

As the Town of Bristol continues to monitor and respond to COVID-19 concerns, the Town would like to provide residents with several important updates:

  • On Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the Town of Bristol created a COVID-19 Volunteer Application Form. Community members interested in volunteering may be asked to do grocery runs for the Town’s vulnerable populations. Should the Town require additional assistance, there will be an update to the volunteer form. The application is available on the Town of Bristol website at this link: bristolri.gov/FormCenter/Town-Administrator-7/COVID19-Volunteer-Application-105.
  • Essential public meetings will continue as scheduled, including Bristol’s budget workshops. Following Governor Gina Raimondo’s Executive Order 20-04, the Town of Bristol will limit attendance to twenty-five (25) people. A public copy of the proposed FY21 budget is available at the Bristol U.S. Post Office (515 Hope Street Bristol, RI 02809). 
  • With more residents utilizing disposable wipes, Bristol’s Water Pollution Control (WPC) Department reminds residents not to flush wipes. The Town of Bristol’s WPC Department thanks residents for their cooperation.

For all the latest updates, please visit the Town of Bristol’s COVID-19 fact page here: www.bristolri.gov/738/COVID-19. Thank you.

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Town Administrator Contente Provides COVID-19 Update

Dear Residents of Bristol, 

Today, I want to share with you the latest information on COVID-19, and give you an update on our local efforts. 

Earlier this afternoon, Governor Gina Raimondo signed an executive order stating that effective tomorrow, March 17th: 

  • Gatherings of 25 people or more are prohibited in Rhode Island until further notice, and;  
  • Any restaurant, bar or establishment that offers food or drinks shall not permit on-premise consumption of food or drinks. Establishments may continue to offer food and non-alcoholic beverages for take-out and delivery in accordance with the social distancing protocols and guidelines set forth by RIDOH;  

We understand these are extraordinary measures, and we want to thank our businesses for their cooperation and for providing delivery and take out during this difficult time. If you’re a business owner and you need assistance, please contact Bristol’s Economic Development Coordinator at cvitale@bristolri.gov or visit Commerce Rhode Island’s resource page at www.commerceri.com/covid-19.  

Here are the most recent steps we have taken to respond to COVID-19 concerns: 

  • The Town of Bristol has activated its local Emergency Operations Center at the Bristol Fire Headquarters (4 Annawamscutt Dr, Bristol, RI 02809). 
  • The Town has established a COVID-19 Task Force that is actively doing outreach to our vulnerable populations through the Rhode Island Special Needs Registry. 
  • The Town has established a Bristol COVID-19 hotline. If you have a question or are in need of special assistance, please call 401-253-2310. This hotline will be staffed during normal business hours (8:00 AM-4:00 PM Monday-Friday). The Town will address specific needs on a case-by-case basis. 
  • The Town has installed a new drop-box outside Bristol Town Hall to allow residents to submit applications and other documents securely. 

Additionally, I would like to share that the Bristol-Warren Regional School District will be offering free Grab and Go meals to all children under the age of eighteen (18) beginning tomorrow. Meals can be picked up Monday-Friday between 9:00 AM-11:00 AM at the following Bristol location: 

  • Colt Andrews School, 570 Hope Street, Bristol, RI 02809 

Over the past week, the Town has received calls from residents who have expressed interest in volunteering. Right now, the most important thing residents can do is check on relatives, friends, and neighbors that are within the COVID-19 vulnerable population. This includes residents over the age of 60 or those with underlying medical conditions. If it’s determined that volunteers are needed the Town will make an announcement seeking assistance. 

Lastly, I wish to express that our success in preventing a community spread is dependent on everyone following the guidance given by the RI Department of Health. Although we are facing a difficult challenge, I am confident that if we all work together we will prevail in preserving our good health and quality of life.   

Additional information and details will be provided on the Town of Bristol’s website (www.bristolri.gov) and through regular updates to the Bristol Phoenix. 

Sincerely, 

Steven Contente, Town Administrator 

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Town Administrator Contente Declares State of Emergency in Bristol

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

BRISTOL, RI—On Saturday March 14, 2020, Town Administrator Steven Contente declared a State of Emergency in the Town of Bristol, Rhode Island. In response to the latest information, guidance and mandates issued by Governor Gina Raimondo and the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH), the Town is announcing several new measures to minimize the spread of COVID-19: 

  • All entertainment licenses, temporary mass gathering licenses and event permits issued by the Town of Bristol are hereby revoked, and no new licenses or permits shall be issued. 
  • All Town license holders are restricted from serving or gathering more than 100 patrons at a time. 
  • All non-essential public meetings will be cancelled and rescheduled. 
  • All Town offices and departments may operate on a modified schedule and may restrict in-person business activities.  

“Through these actions, it’s our hope that we can minimize the spread of COVID-19”, said Town Administrator Contente, “I am asking that all residents follow the health safety guidelines issued by the Rhode Island Department of Health. With continued cooperation, we can get through this together as a community and protect our most vulnerable populations.” 

The Town is urging residents to follow the instructions of the Rhode Island Department of Health here: health.ri.gov/data/covid-19/

For the latest local information, please visit Bristol’s COVID-19 fact page here: www.bristolri.gov/COVID-19.

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Contact:  

Chris Vitale, Economic Development Coordinator | (401) 253-7000 

Michael DeMello, Fire Chief / Emergency Management Director | (401) 253-6912 

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Town Administrator Contente Implements Preventative Measures to Minimize Spread of COVID-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Bristol, R.I. – The Town of Bristol has been monitoring and responding to the developments associated with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). In response to the latest directives from Governor Gina Raimondo and Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH), the Town is implementing the following preventative actions to limit the potential spread of COVID-19: 

  • The Town of Bristol is canceling all non-essential municipal meetings, events, activities, and programs until further notice.  
  • Non-essential public facilities including the Rogers Free Library and Quinta-Gamelin Community Center will be closed to the public until further notice. 
  • Town Hall is 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. 
  • As ordered by the Governor, residents who have traveled internationally must self-quarantine for fourteen (14) days.  
  • The Town of Bristol is increasing its cleaning of public facilities and spaces. 
  • The Town of Bristol is urging residents to practice social distancing of 6 feet or more. 
  • The Town will coordinate with the Bristol-Warren Regional School District on their response efforts to COVID-19. 

The Town understands that the information available on COVID-19 is rapidly changing, and we will plan to reevaluate the measures listed above on an ongoing basis.  

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

Presidential Preference Primary: For residents interested in participating via mail ballot in the upcoming April 28th Presidential Preference Primary, ballots are available online at elections.ri.gov/voting/applymail.php

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/737/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

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 Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH), please visit health.ri.gov/news/

Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation as we work through this as a community. 

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For information regarding this press release, please contact:

Chris Vitale, Economic Development Coordinator | (401) 253-7000 

Michael DeMello, Fire Chief / Emergency Management Director | (401) 253-6912