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. 

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is working with the CDC to track confirmed and potential cases throughout the state. To view the State’s COVID-19 data portal, please click here.

Please Note: If you believe you’ve contracted COVID-19, please visit the Rhode Island Department of Health website here to find out how to schedule a consultation and test.

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. For additional questions, please call the Bristol COVID-19 Hotline at 401-253-2310.

Business Resources

A list of Local/State/Federal aid programs is available below. For more information, please contact Bristol’s Economic Development Coordinator at

Business Recovery Survey

The Town of Bristol is collecting information from its businesses, non-profits, and art groups to help support our community’s recovery efforts.

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Virtual Consultations

Bristol’s Economic Development Coordinator is available for consultations through the Zoom video conference platform. Bristol’s team will connect businesses with available resources.

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RESTore RI Grant

Restore RI is a Rhode Island Commerce business assistance program targeted at businesses that have been most impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Eligible businesses can receive grants of up to $15,000. Businesses with more than one employee (in addition to the owner) but not more than 20 are eligible for this program*. (*Restaurants and Caterers do not have a cap for number of employees.) To learn more about the application process, please follow the link below.

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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.

Beginning Monday, May 18th, 2020, restaurants with a Temporary Outdoor Dining Expansion Permit will be able to temporarily expand their outdoor service areas into select town sidewalks and adjacent public or private spaces. 

Permits will be issued to interested businesses anywhere in the Town and do not have any application or permit fees. For convenience, the Town has made the permit application available through Viewpoint Cloud. To apply, please follow the link below.

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To request use of State sidewalks, please complete the RIDOT application below.


COVID-19 Property Tax Late fee & Interest waiver

Authorized under Bristol Executive Order 20-05, residential and commercial property owners were able to request a 90-day waiver for local property tax late fees and interest for payments due May 15th, 2020. 

Event Rescheduling

Has your community event been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis? The Town of Bristol will help you reschedule your event.

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ReopeningRI Business Guidelines Page

As Rhode Island begins its phased reopening, the State has created a central resource that goes over applicable guidelines and regulations for businesses.

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State of Rhode Island COVID-19 Assistance Page

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:

  • 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.
  • Face Mask Guidelines- RI DBR has released a guideline fact sheet for businesses whose employees are required to wear face coverings.

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

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CommerciaL fisherman direct sale permit

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, RIDEM has established a new Direct Sale Dealer License which allows RI residents holding a valid commercial fishing license or resident landing permit to sell certain species of fish directly to consumers and licensed seafood retailers from the vessel on which they were harvested.

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The federal government is providing 90 additional days to pay income taxes due (up to $1 million in taxes owed). During this deferral period, taxpayers will not be subject to interest and penalties.  

The tax deadline for paying taxes due has been extended from 4/15/2020 to 7/15/2020.

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

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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.

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For your convenience, the Town of Bristol has provided the guide to the federally passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act here. An overview of the main programs under the new federal stimulus package are listed below:

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) /Emergency Grant

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. Applicants could receive up to $10K in an emergency advance that does not require a payback. 

*Update: As of June 15th, 2020, the SBA is accepting new EIDL applications on a limited basis for qualifying small businesses and U.S. agricultural businesses. Applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.  

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Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan

The PPP program provides cash-flow assistance through a 100 percent federally guaranteed loans to employers who maintain payroll during the COVID-19 emergency. This program is for small businesses with fewer than 500 employees and the maximum loan amount is $10 million. The loan can be used for business operating cost such as workforce (group health benefits, pay, sick leave, and local and state taxes assessed on employee compensation, etc.); utilities, rent and other costs. The loan will be fully forgiven if the funds are used for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities (due to likely high subscription, at least 75% of the forgiven amount must have been used for payroll). For your convenience, the Town has provided a PPP Guide courtesy of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce here.

*Update: The SBA has reopened the PPP Loan program for new applications as of April 27th, 2020. Due to limited funding, it is highly recommended businesses submit an application as soon as possible.

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SBA EXpress Bridge Loans

This program allows small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly.

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SBA Debt relief

The Small Business Administration will cover all loan payments on these SBA loans, including principal, interest, and fees, for six months. This relief will also be available to new borrowers who take out loans within six months of the law going into effect.

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Resident Resources

Bristol COVID-19 Hotline

The COVID-19 Hotline is staffed 24/7 by Town of Bristol personnel. For assistance, please call 401-253-2310.

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Volunteer FOr Bristol

The Town of Bristol is currently accepting applications for volunteer grocery store runners and meal delivery.

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Bristol Dinner Program

The Town of Bristol is offering daily dinners for seniors 60+ or homebound residents. To sign up for this program, please call 401-253-2310.

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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.

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COVID-19 Fact Page

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

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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 referral hotline. This hotline is available 24/7.

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RI Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Resource Page

The Commission has a website dedicated to COVID-19, with specific information that is critically important to members of the community with hearing loss. The site has videos presented in American Sign Language.

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Local Updates

  1. Tropical Storm Isaias Update

    The National Weather Service has issued a tropical storm warning. Please read here to learn more. Read on...
  2. Motor Vehicle Tax Bills Delayed

    Click here to read the motor vehicle tax bill announcement. Read on...
  3. COVID–19 Temporary Vault Access Procedure

    Learn more about Bristol's temporary vault access procedures. Read on...
  4. Town Administrator Contente Issues Statement on Peaceful Protests

    On Friday, June 5th, 2020, Bristol Town Administrator Steven Contente issued a press release regarding the planned protest in Bristol. Read on...
  5. HEZ Releases COVID-19 Community Needs Survey

    Bristol's Health Equity Zone (HEZ) is seeking community input on local needs resulting from COVID-19. Click here to learn more. Read on...
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State Updates

  1. COVID-19 Testing Site on Block Island to Close for Today

    Due to the severe weather anticipated because of Tropical Storm Isaias, the COVID-19 testing site at the Block Island Fire and Rescue Barn will be closed today, Tuesday, August 4th. All appointments have been rescheduled for Thursday, August 6th....

  2. Thomson International Inc. Recalls of Red, Yellow, White, and Sweet Yellow Onions

    The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is advising consumers that Thomson International Inc. is recalling red, yellow, white, and sweet yellow onions shipped from May 1, 2020 through the present. The onions are being recalled because they have...

  3. RIDOH Issues COVID-19 Compliance Orders

    The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) has issued compliance orders to ten restaurants and bars so far this week for failing to comply with a range of public health directives related to COVID-19. Additional compliance orders may be issued. ...

  4. RIDOH, DEM, and American Forests Launch Heat Mapping Effort

    As a part of ongoing efforts to better understand how extreme heat disproportionately impacts communities in Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH), the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM), and American...

  5. RIDOH Urges Precautions to Prevent Heat-related Illness

    The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is reminding all Rhode Islanders to protect themselves against the elevated heat indexes forecast for this weekend and the coming week with a few simple health precautions. Extreme heat can be dangerous,...

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