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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
Why did Bristol declare a State of Emergency?
The declaration of emergency allows for the Town to more effectively respond to the evolving COVID-19 public health crisis. Specifically, it allows the Town to reassign personnel, purchase necessary equipment and suspend non-essential activities.
Is Bristol Town Hall open?
Bristol Town Hall has reopened to the public for its normal business hours. Please Note: Cleaning protocols are in place inside Town Hall.
Can I conduct business with the Town online?
Yes. The Town of Bristol encourages residents and businesses to conduct their business online during the local State of Emergency.
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.
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.
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. 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.