COVID-19

Overview

The Coronavirus Disease 2019 or COVID-19 (formerly referred to as 2019 Novel Coronavirus or 2019-nCoV) is a respiratory virus that was first identified in Wuhan, China in December of 2019. 

The developments associated with COVID-19 are rapidly evolving, and the Town of Bristol will continue to provide residents and businesses with information on this webpage.

COVID-19 Vaccination Information

Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccination process for residents.

COVID-19 Testing Information

Learn more about scheduling a Rapid or PCR COVID-19 Test locally.

COVID-19 Data Portal

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is working with the CDC to track confirmed and potential cases throughout the state. Additionally, RIDOH is tracking the State’s vaccination progress.

Business Resources

The Town of Bristol has established a listing to help connect businesses with available COVID-19 disaster resources. For more information, please contact Bristol’s Economic Development Coordinator at [email protected].

Reopening Rhode Island

The State of Rhode Island has created a website that outlines the latest COVID-19 mandates and guidance for businesses.

SBA COVID-19 Relief

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act. The program includes over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance.

Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees.

SBA Disaster Loan Program SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EDIL)

In response to COVID-19, the U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering economic injury as a result of the pandemic.

SBA Debt Relief

As a part of the CARES Act, SBA is authorized to pay six months of principal, interest, and any associated fees that borrowers owe for all 7(a), 504, and Micro-loans reported in regular servicing status (excluding Paycheck Protection Program loans).

Local COVID-19 Relief

Bristol Take It Outside Program – (Complimentary Propane Available)

The Town of Bristol partnered with the Bristol Merchants Association (BMA) to supply businesses with outdoor equipment including heating lamps, tents, string lights, and propane. Propane is currently being offered to all businesses with outdoor tent heaters/patio heaters.

Temporary Outdoor Dining Expansion “Eat Out Zone” Program

To promote safe public access to restaurants and local businesses, Bristol Town Administrator Steven Contente signed Executive Order 20-09, which authorized the creation of temporary eat out zones.

For convenience, the Town has made the permit application available through Viewpoint Cloud. To apply, please follow the link below.

State of Rhode Island COVID-19 Support

Commerce Rhode Island has established a COVID-19 site that includes a comprehensive list of State services being offered to businesses impacted by the coronavirus crisis. Services include:

On-Site Business Testing Program– This program provides Rhode Island businesses with rapid COVID-19 test kits and the training they need so they can conduct regular testing of employees.

Free Tax Assistance– The RI Society of CPAs has volunteered to provide free consultative support through their network of consultants as well as additional CPA assistance, if needed, to businesses and organizations that are the recipients of RI Commerce grants. 

Free Tech Support– CommerceRI will assist businesses with getting set up for remote/online operations. Support is done through individual 45-minute video sessions.

Superior Court Business Recovery Plan– The court will use a non-liquidating receivership model so they can remain operational, access new working capital, and pay debts.

Gift it Forward– Register your business so residents can easily find you and shop online.

Call 401-521-HELP for more information, or follow the link to the right.

EastBayRI Open Businesses

East Bay Media Group is maintaining a list of restaurants and businesses that are open or have adjusted hours of operation. Businesses are encouraged to add their listing to the East Bay RI website using the link below.

COVID-19 Medical Supplies Donations

The Rhode Island Department of Health is seeking Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) donations.

Microenterprise Stabilization Grant Program (MicroE) – (CLOSED)

The Town of Bristol, with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds provided by the R. I. Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), is offering working capital grants to qualifying small business microenterprises adversely impacted by COVID-19. Learn more about the program eligibility and details.

The deadline to submit an application was April 29th, 2021 at 4:00 PM.

COVID-19 Property Tax Deferral – (CLOSED)

Authorized under Bristol Executive Order 20-05, residential and commercial property owners could have requested a 90-day waiver for local property tax late fees and interest for payments due May 15th, 2020. For more information, please email to [email protected].

Latest News & Announcements

Local Updates


State Updates

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is leading the State’s COVID-19 response efforts. The latest information, guidance, and mandates issued by the State are available on the RIDOH website.

Resident Resources

RentReliefRI

Rhode Island has received $200 million in rent relief funds from the federal Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Program. This program will provide rental and utility relief payments to help eligible renters maintain housing stability.

COVID-19 Test Portal

The State of Rhode Island has established a website to schedule a COVID-19 test and view test results.

RI Delivers

The State of Rhode Island has established a website with information on local organizations that can assist with grocery, medication and meal delivery.

COVID-19 Fact Page

The CDC has created a fact page to provide residents with information COVID-19.

Mental Health Service Hotline

During this difficult time, the State of Rhode Island wants all residents to know they can call into the mental health hotline. This hotline is available 24/7.

RIHousing Services

RIHousing offers homeowners, homebuyers, and renters resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Safe Harbor Housing Program – United Way

Are you a tenant behind on your rent because of COVID-19?
Are you a landlord whose tenants need help getting back on their feet?
Safe Harbor is an eviction diversion initiative designed to help Rhode Island landlords and tenants resolve disputes over late or unpaid rent without having to go through the traditional court process.

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