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

As of April 3, 2020, there has been seven hundred and eleven (711) confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Rhode Island. The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is working with the CDC to track confirmed and potential cases in the state. According to RIDOH, there are 7 confirmed cases in Bristol.

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.

Please Note: If you think you are sick, please call your primary care physician for a consultation. If it’s determined you need a COVID-19 test, your healthcare provider will set up an appointment for you. For any questions, please call the Rhode Island Department of Health Center for Acute Infectious Disease Epidemiology at 401-222-2577 during business hours (Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) or 401-276-8046 after hours.

latest covid-19 UPdates

STATE UPDATE MARCH 31, 2020 - 4:00 PM

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) has temporarily closed all Rhode Island Parks and Beaches due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The Press Release can be viewed here. ###

STATE UPDATE MARCH 31, 2020 - 12:00 PM

CommerceRI has released a newsletter that includes the latest resources for businesses and consumers on how to handle COVID-19. This newsletter can be viewed here.


STATE UPDATE MARCH 28, 2020 - 1:00 PM

On Saturday, March 28, 2020, Governor Gina Raimondo signed Executive Order 20-13 and 20-14, which implements additional restrictions including:

  • Stay at home except for essential purposes such as work, medical reasons, necessary goods (food, medicine, gas).
  • Employers with employees from other states should take every means to offer telecommute options.
  • Gatherings of 5 people or more is prohibited.
  • Effective Monday, March 30th, all non-essential retail businesses must cease in-person operations.
  • Any person coming to Rhode Island for non-work related reasons must self-quarantine for 14 days. This applies to all travel types.
  • Rhode Islanders who work out of state should telecommute. If telecommuting is not an option, individuals should self-quarantine when not at work.

The executive orders can be viewed below.

LOCAL UPDATE: MARCH 27, 2020 - 5:00 PM


LOCAL UPDATE: MARCH 17, 2020 - 3:30PM

On Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the Town of Bristol provided a COVID-19 update. To read the update, please click here.


LOCAL UPDATE: MARCH 16, 2020 - 5:30PM

On Monday, March 16, 2020, Town Administrator provided residents an update on Bristol’s COVID-19 response efforts. To read the full letter, please click here.


LOCAL UPDATE: March 15, 2020 9:15 PM

Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, all Town offices will be closed to the public until further notice. For the health and safety of municipal staff and community members, the Town of Bristol is asking all residents to conduct their business with the Town through its website, by phone (401-253-7000), or by U.S. mail. In-person appointments will be granted on a case-by-case basis. To request an appointment, please contact Bristol Town Hall at 401-253-7000 during normal business hours.

LOCAL UPDATE: March 14, 2020 - 11:30PM

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:


LOCAL UPDATE: March 13, 2020 - 3:30 PM

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. 

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 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 

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. 


Local Update: March 2nd, 2020 – 6:00 PM

The Town of Bristol is closely monitoring and responding to developments associated with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) has been providing guidance to our departments through conference calls. Today, Bristol Town Officials met with our Warren counterparts to include the leadership of the Warren Fire and Police Departments along with Regional School District Superintendent Johnathan Brice. We will continue to maintain close communications and work with our State and Federal partners to ensure we have the latest guidance, best practices, and recommendations for containment.

The Centers for Disease Control and Rhode Island Department of Health recommends taking everyday actions to help prevent the spread of contagious illnesses like COVID-19. Specifically, it is recommended that residents get a flu shot, wash hands frequently with soap and water, cover coughs, and to stay home if sick.

The Town of Bristol will provide updates on this page and through its social media channels as it becomes available. For specific questions regarding this announcement, you are encouraged to contact the Bristol Fire Department business phone line at 401-253-6912.



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.

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Helpful Links & Resources

For Businesses

Business Assistance: CommerceRI, the State’s Economic Development Agency, has setup a COVID-19 business resource page. SBA Disaster Relief Loans are currently available.

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COVID-19 Medical Supplies Donations: The Rhode Island Department of Health is seeking Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) donations.

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For Residents

COVID-19 Fact Page: The Rhode Island Department of Health has created a fact page to provide residents with information COVID-19.

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

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24/7 Mental Health Service Hotline: 401-414-5465

State of Rhode Island COVID-19 Hotline: 401-222-8022

Town of Bristol COVID-19 Hotline: 401-253-2310

Town of Bristol COVID-19 Volunteer Application: Complete Application