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:


COVID-19 Press Releases

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


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:

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


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

COVID-19 Press Releases

Summary of State and Local COVID-19 Mandates


Date: Monday, April 6th, 2020 

Contact:  Chris Vitale, Economic Development Coordinator | [email protected]  

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 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 (, 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
    • 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 [email protected]. Voicemail messages will be referred to Bristol’s COVID-19 Business Task Force. Additional information is available on the Town of Bristol website here


A PDF version of the press release can be downloaded below:

Police Press Releases

The Town of Bristol Swears in K-9 Brody

On Monday, April 6, 2020 in a ceremony held in the office of the Chief of Police; K-9 Brody was officially sworn in as a member of the Bristol Police Department. K-9 Brody’s role will be that of a Comfort and Therapy dog.

K9 Brody is the first Comfort and Therapy dog for the Bristol Police Department; he is also the fourth comfort and therapy dog to be utilized by police departments in the state. The other communities utilizing comfort dogs in their respective police departments are Cranston, Pawtucket and Providence.
K-9 Brody’s name is a mix of two words;  the “B” represents Bristol, the “rody” represents Rhode Island.

K9 Brody is a full bred Chocolate English Labrador Retriever and he was donated to the town by Boonefield Labradors in Rindge, New Hampshire. Boonefield Labradors have an excellent and well respected reputation for breeding comfort and therapy dogs.

Over the coming year, K9 Brody, assisted by his handler; School Resource Officer Keith Medeiros will be a Comfort Dog in Training.

Once he’s fully trained, K9 Brody’s job will be that of providing a soothing environment to people during investigations. He’ll also help to reduce anxiety and stress for citizens, witnesses and investigators. Brody will also be working with Officer Medeiros in the Bristol Warren Regional School District and will be involved in school activities.

Additionally, Brody will also be visiting the Rhode Island Veteran’s Home, Rogers Free Library, the Bristol Senior Center, Roger Williams University and many other establishments in the community.

The Town of Bristol would like to thank the following benefactors; for if it were not for their dedication and generosity, this program would not have come to fruition:

  • Peggy & Dave Brogan – Boonefield Labradors located in Rindge, New Hampshire.
  • Bristol County Elk’s Lodge #1860
  • Wade R. Cordy, DVM – Harbor Animal Hospital for providing veterinary services
  • Jessica Geas – Petrichor K9 Training
  • Brett and Sherri DeChaine, Jocelyn and Lori – Woof! Woof! Pet Boutique and Biscuit Bar
  • Officer Brad McNamara and K9 Hank of the Lunenburg Police Department, Lunenburg, Massachusetts
  • Officer Nathan Hawkins and K9 Merle of the Westminster Police Department, Westminster, Massachusetts

For up to date information on K9 Brody’s progress; follow him on his social media platforms, Instagram and Facebook.


Administration COVID-19 Economic Development Press Releases

Town Administrator Announces Local Business Relief Measures


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.


Administration COVID-19 Press Releases

State of the Town Letter to the Editor, Bristol Phoenix

Administration COVID-19 Press Releases

Town Administrator Contente Announces Expanded Meal Program, Call-In Meeting Details

COVID-19 Press Releases

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:
  • 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: Thank you.

Administration COVID-19 Press Releases

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 [email protected] or visit Commerce Rhode Island’s resource page at  

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 ( and through regular updates to the Bristol Phoenix. 


Steven Contente, Town Administrator