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 

Administration COVID-19 Press Releases

Town Administrator Contente Declares State of Emergency in Bristol


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:

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



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

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

Administration COVID-19 Press Releases

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


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, 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 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

Presidential Preference Primary: For residents interested in participating via mail ballot in the upcoming April 28th Presidential Preference Primary, ballots are available 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 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

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

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


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 

Press Releases

RIPTA to Detour Route 60 in Bristol Starting 3/2/2020

Police Press Releases

Bristol Police Release Tip 411 App for Anonymous Crime Reporting

The Bristol Police Department is pleased to announce the implementation of a cell phone and web based application which will allow citizens to report tips to us. Our ability to solve crimes, and create a safer town has a lot to do with the involvement of its citizens. 

This department is embracing new technologies which will allow us to open up a two-way line of communication which will enable citizens to anonymously provide us information which will assist us in the solving of crimes and create a safer community. You can even attach photographs and videos after you submit an initial tip!

When you submit a tip via any of the three options listed below, it is sent to a 3rd party tip service, which acts as a privacy buffer between you and the Bristol Police Department in order to protect your identity and your contact information. 

If you have a tip for the Bristol Police Department, you can utilize any of the three options listed below to help provide vital information on crimes, criminals, or those engaging in illicit or criminal activity which will assist us in keeping the Town of Bristol safe for everyone.

For full information, please visit the link below:

Press Releases

Travel Advisory: Initial Silver Creek Bridge Detour Starts March 2nd

Police Press Releases

Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment

Contact Persons:
Brian B. Burke, Interim Chief of Police
Patrolman Brandon Correia, Accreditation Manager

Bristol, RI– A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will arrive on Monday, August 19, 2019, to examine several aspects of the Bristol Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services.

Verification by the team that the Bristol Police complies with the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation, a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invite to offer comments at a public information session on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 6:00pm. The session will be held in the Town Council Chambers, located at Bristol Town Hall 10 Court Street, Bristol, RI.

If an individual would like to provide comments to the assessment team but is unable to attend the public information session, he/she may do so by calling (401) 253-5443 on Monday, August 19, 2019 between the hours of 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM.

Telephone comments, as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to ten (10) minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards. A copy of the standards is available at the Bristol Police Department, Monday through Friday 7:00 am to 3:00 pm. Local contact is Patrolman Brandon Correia at (401) 253-6900.

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Bristol Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation is requested to write the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 20155.

The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from out-of-state agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed. The assessors are team leader Chief Jason Moen from the Auburn Police Department, Auburn, ME and Lieutenant Charles Groover from the Covington Police Department, Covington, GA. Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they will report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted accredited status.

CALEA Accreditation is granted for a four-year period during which the agency must submit annual reports and provided other documentation attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.

For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement
Agencies, Inc. please write the Commission at 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 20155, or call (703) 352-4225.


Press Releases

Rogers Free Library Announces Contract With

Rogers Free Library (RFL) has contracted with to bring its 14,000 video courses into the homes and offices of RFL cardholders free of charge. is recognized as the world’s top teaching site for mastering technical skills, creative techniques, business strategies, and more.

“Helping our patrons become life-long learners is a priority for Rogers Free Library,” said Joan Prescott, library director. “We’ve been searching for ways to bring more value to our teen and adult patrons, and to support Bristol’s local businesses and vibrant nonprofit community. fits the bill.”

RFL cardholders can now access’s high-quality video courses from their computer, tablet or smartphone. Courses are taught by instructors recognized for both knowing their material and knowing how to teach it.

After accessing the platform from the RFL website, library cardholders can create their own account, track their progress and even earn certificates of completion. Because is normally a paid subscription service, this new RFL offering is a major benefit to library cardholders.

A sample of available learning opportunities include:

  • Software: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint; Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator
  • Web design: web graphics, interactive design, prototyping
  • Social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, blogging
  • Personal development: self-awareness, time management, making decisions, public speaking
  • Photography: composition, lighting, photojournalism, night photography
  • Business: leadership, management, marketing, project management, presentations, business strategy
  • Job search: resume writing and design, networking, freelancing, recovering from layoff
  • Technology: cloud admin, software development, web development, cybersecurity
  • Engineering: 3D design, drafting, construction management, AutoCAD
  • Finance: taxes, personal finance, Quicken, teaching kids about money

“While there are a myriad of offerings for all users, we also believe our Bristol small businesses and nonprofits will benefit from courses such as marketing using social media, mastering financial tools and designing ads and websites,” said Ms. Prescott. “And we expect teens to explore courses on robotics, coding, cartooning, fashion design, and writing a first resume.”

The RFL initiative is funded by the Friends of Rogers Free Library, a 501(c) foundation that accepts donations and supports the library with funding for its extensive children’s programs, numerous adult programs, and now the video learning library available through

Rogers Free Library strives to serve a diverse community to provide access to ideas, information and essential resources in both print and digital format. The goal is to promote life-long learning, encourage the joys of reading, and support the interests of its patrons. A strong advocate of intellectual freedom, Rogers Free Library endeavors to enrich t hives of those who avail themselves of its services and facilities. To learn more about library programs, as well as meeting spaces available to community groups, visit

Administration Press Releases

Bristol Announces Proposed Sale of Bristol Shopping Center


BRISTOL, RI– On Wednesday, October 9th, 2019, the Town of Bristol announced the proposed sale of its public property at 6-40 Gooding Avenue to Gooding Realty Corporation (GRC) for $2.8M.

Commonly known as the Bristol Shopping Center, this 10.3-acre commercial property is located at the southeast corner of Hope Street (Rt. 114) and Gooding Avenue. In 1958, the Town of Bristol signed a 99-year property lease with GRC, which has since developed the land for general business use.

As a condition of its current lease agreement, the Town of Bristol was required to renegotiate the rental price of the property with GRC in 2018. During negotiations, GRC expressed interest in purchasing the property. Under normal circumstances, the Town of Bristol would hold a public offering. However, because there are still 38 years left on the lease agreement, the Town of Bristol was unable to put out a bid for the property. The tentative sales agreement, which was negotiated by members of the Bristol Town Council and Town Administration, includes several conditions regarding site upgrades such as landscaping, parking lot and building improvements.

“I believe this proposal has several long term benefits for the Town,” said Bristol Town Administrator Steven Contente, “Under private ownership, there should be increased investment, improved appearances, and additional tax revenue generated. There will also be new dedicated public parking for commuters and volunteer firefighters.”

Over the past decade, the Town of Bristol received $10,000 per year in rental income. With the sale of the property, 6-40 Gooding Avenue would return to the tax rolls and be required to pay annual property taxes based on the assessed value of the land and buildings.

Proceeds from the proposed sale would be placed into a Town restricted fund, where it can accrue interest and be allocated towards specific projects by the Town Council.

“Our vision is that this newly created fund will help support some of Bristol’s long-term capital projects,” said Town Council Chairman Nathan Calouro.

The Town of Bristol will be holding a public hearing on Wednesday, October 30th, 2019, at 7:00 PM in Bristol Town Hall (10 Court Street). At this meeting, members of the public will have the opportunity to provide input on the proposed sale of the asset. Individuals who wish to submit comments before the hearing can do so through the Office of the Town Clerk at 10 Court Street Bristol, RI 02809.