New Bedford’s 2020 Memorial Day parade cancelled, virtual memorials planned

New Bedford, Massachusetts– New Bedford’s 2020 Memorial Day parade, scheduled for Monday, May 25, has been cancelled due to social distancing measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The parade is New Bedford’s annual tribute to those lost in service to their country, and the City will hold […]

Due dates extended for certain City bills amid state of emergency

New Bedford, Massachusetts– Due to the state of emergency declared citywide and statewide due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has provided municipalities with the ability to provide relief to taxpayers by extending deadlines for city bills and taxes. New Bedford has extended several important deadlines: The due […]

City, United Way partner in Help United – the Greater New Bedford COVID-19 Response Fund

Christian Farland to chair fundraising effort New Bedford, Massachusetts– In Greater New Bedford, residents are already feeling the impact of COVID-19. Many local businesses have closed or moved to reduced hours, workers are either out of work or struggling to find childcare, and schools have been closed until May. It’s […]

New Bedford to require employees working with the public to protect themselves and others with masks or face coverings

New Bedford, Massachusetts– Mayor Jon Mitchell and the New Bedford Board of Health have acted to protect workers and customers at essential businesses, announcing new requirements to ensure the use of masks by employees while interacting with the public. Under the City’s order, all essential businesses operating under the state’s […]

New Bedford announces establishment of two regional care centers for COVID-19

New Bedford, Massachusetts– Mayor Jon Mitchell, Southcoast Health President and CEO Keith Hovan, and representatives of Essex Group Management Corporation today announced two Southeastern Massachusetts Regional Care Centers in New Bedford for those recovering from COVID-19. This week, the City entered into leases with the owner of two former nursing […]

Mayor Mitchell and Board of Health order strong public health measures at senior living facilities, nursing homes and lodging houses

New Bedford, Massachusetts– Mayor Jon Mitchell and the Board of Health have acted to protect residents including seniors in New Bedford, announcing stringent measures on wellness checks, quarantining, and isolation requirements for senior living facilities and nursing homes, as well as lodging houses, in New Bedford. Mayor Mitchell’s proposal was […]

New Bedford to begin annual street sweeping program

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The Department of Public Infrastructure will conduct a major street sweeping program in the city, including a parking ban on designated sides of the street beginning Thursday nights, as listed below. The program will run from April 1 through November 1. The street sweeping will operate on […]

New Bedford will continue to serve residents while City facilities remain closed to public access

Personal care businesses including salons must close Monday, March 23 New Bedford, Massachusetts– Mayor Jon Mitchell has announced that the City of New Bedford will continue to serve the residents of the city and provide essential services remotely while City facilities remain closed to public access as part of the […]

City facilities will close to public access from Tuesday, March 17 through at least Sunday, March 22

New Bedford, Massachusetts– Mayor Jon Mitchell has announced that City facilities will be closed to public access, beginning Tuesday, March 17, through at least Sunday, March 22. With the growing threat posed by the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), City government has begun to shift to a mode of service delivery that […]

Mayor Jon Mitchell updates the public on New Bedford’s response to COVID-19

New Bedford, Massachusetts– Mayor Jon Mitchell joined City officials on Friday to update the public on the City’s response to COVID-19. In accordance his legal authority, Mayor Mitchell has declared that a state of emergency now exists in New Bedford. This allows for the suspension of certain rules to expedite […]