PAGE LAST UPDATED: June 1, 2020
City Offices & Facilities Status
|City Facilities||Closed to public access|
|New Bedford Public Library Branches||Curbside pickup begins June 1|
|Buttonwood Park Zoo||Opens May 30 to members and June 3 to the general public with state guidelines|
|New Bedford Regional Airport||Open with limited public access|
|New Bedford Public Schools||Closed|
City residents are encouraged to pay any bills online, by phone, by mail, or a drop-box location. Anyone with questions about paying bills remotely should contact the Treasurer’s Office at 508-979-1430.
|Online||Click here to pay bills online|
|By Phone||Treasurer’s Office, 508-979-1430|
|By Mail||Residents can use the mailing address printed on their bills or mail their bills to:
City Hall – Treasurer’s Office
133 William Street, Room 103
New Bedford, MA 02740
|By Drop-Box||Residents can also drop off payments without person-to-person interaction by using one of the city’s drop-boxes. These white drop boxes are located at:
Reopening New Bedford: Phase 1 Status
|Type of Operation||Status||Guidance|
|Manufacturing & Industrial Operations||Remain open with state and city guidelines||Click here for state guidelines
Click here for city guidelines on preventing spread of COVID-19
Click here for city guidelines on reporting COVID-19 in industrial workplaces
|Construction||Open May 18 with state guidelines||Click here for state guidelines|
|Places of Worship||Open May 18 with state and city guidelines||Click here for state guidelines
City guidelines: Open with 40% occupancy or 100 attendees, whichever is lower
|Parks, Trails & the Blue Lane||Remain open with state guidelines||Click here for state guidelines
City guidelines: Playgrounds, basketball courts and soccer fields will reopen at a later date
|Buttonwood Park Zoo||Open May 30 to members and June 3 to the general public with state guidelines||Click here for state guidelines|
|Hair Salons & Barbershops||Open May 25 with state guidelines||Click here for state guidelines|
|Pet Groomers||Open May 25 with state guidelines||Click here for state guidelines|
|Car Washes||Open May 25 with state guidelines||Click here for state guidelines|
|Recreational Boating||Open May 25 with state guidelines||Click here for state guidelines|
|Private Offices||Open May 25 with state guidelines||Click here for state guidelines|
|Retail (e.g. clothing stores, toy stores, jewelry stores, nurseries and garden
centers that do not sell food products):
|Curbside pickup and delivery only beginning May 25||Click here for state guidelines|
|Parking at Meters||Parking meters will not be resumed under first phase. Metered parking enforcement will take effect when retail stores and restaurants.|
|Auto Dealers & Wholesalers||Curbside pickup and delivery only beginning May 25||Click here for state guidelines|
- Center for Disease Control COVID-19 Information
- Massachusetts Department of Public Health COVID-19 Information
- COVID 19 Facts
For the Community
- United Way of Greater New Bedford: COVID-19 Response
- Frequently Asked Questions about the Southeastern MA Regional Care Centers, located in former nursing facilities
Healthcare Providers & COVID-19 Testing Sites
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COVID-19 Cases in Greater New Bedford
Recently, a new coronavirus, the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, first detected in China, began spreading to other parts of the world. This virus causes a disease called COVID-19, which can lead to fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
There are now hundreds of thousands of confirmed cases internationally and over 100,000 cases confirmed in the U.S., including confirmed cases of the virus in Massachusetts.
Anyone experiencing symptoms listed below, or has been in contact with someone who has traveled to these areas, should contact their healthcare provider before seeking treatment in person.
This situation will continue to be updated, including on this site and the Center for Disease Control’s website. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health website also includes information about the virus.
The New Bedford Health Department recommends to following steps to prevent the spread of the virus, as well as other viruses:
- Wash your hands often, using soap and warm water, for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- If you are feeling sick, stay home.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and then throw the tissue in the trash. Cough or sneeze into your sleeve rather than into your hands.
- Clean and disinfect touched objects and surfaces frequently.
The CDC’s website has a page dedicated to protecting yourself and others from the spread of the virus
The 2019 Novel Coronavirus is a respiratory virus that may cause mild to severe respiratory symptoms including:
- Trouble breathing/shortness of breath
- Pneumonia (fluid in the lungs) in severe cases
The CDC website has a page dedicated to COVID-19 symptoms.
Call ahead to a healthcare provider if you develop these symptoms and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently traveled to an area with an ongoing spread of the virus. Tell your healthcare provider about your recent travel and/or contact with those who may have been traveling over the past 2-14 days.
For recent international travelers to areas of concern:
If you traveled recently to areas of concern and have symptoms including fever, cough, or trouble breathing:
- Seek medical care right away. Call your healthcare provider first to tell them about your travel and symptoms.
- Avoid contact with others. Stay home, except to seek medical care.
- Avoid further travel.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and throw the tissue in the trash.
- Practice good coughing etiquette. Cough or sneeze into your sleeve, tissue and/or handkerchief and not your hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable.
Emergency and Executive Orders
- Declaration of State of Emergency for New Bedford
- Emergency Order Regarding Personal Care Services
- Emergency Order Regarding Wellness Checks, Quarantines and Isolation for Persons Over the Age of 60 Living in Long Term Care, Senior Living or Nursing Home
- Emergency Order Concerning Surgical Masks and Cloth Face Coverings
- Emergency Order to Prevent the Spread of COVID in industrial facilities
- Emergency Order Reporting COVID in the Workplace
- Emergency Order Concerning Lodging Houses
Mayor Mitchell announces establishment of restaurant reopening advisory group
New Bedford, Massachusetts– Mayor Jon Mitchell announced that the City of New Bedford will establish a restaurant reopening advisory group, co-chaired by City Planner Tabitha Harkin and local businessman and restaurateur Stephen Silverstein, owner of The Black Whale and founder of Not Your Average Joe’s. “When restaurants reopen in New […]Click for more.
Distribution of masks begins with North End residents this weekend, May 30 and 31 at NBHS
Through MaskNB initiative, City of New Bedford offers a free mask to any resident who wants one New Bedford, Massachusetts– MaskNB, an initiative announced by Mayor Jon Mitchell in partnership with the Southeastern Massachuestts chapter of the American Red Cross and Joseph Abboud Manufacturing Corporation, will begin mask distribution this […]Click for more.
Kennedy Summer Day Program cancelled for summer 2020; beach passes available for New Bedford residents
New Bedford, Massachusetts– Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and based on federal, state and city guidelines, the New Bedford Department of Parks, Recreation & Beaches Kennedy Summer Day Program will be cancelled for the summer of 2020. Staff from the Department of Parks, Recreation & Beaches will be in […]Click for more.
Mayor Mitchell announces New Bedford will follow state’s first phase of statewide reopening with adjustments
New Bedford, Massachusetts– Mayor Jon Mitchell announced that the City of New Bedford will follow and implement the first phase of Governor Charlie Baker’s reopening plan, with adjustments warranted by the current risk level of disease transmission in the city and region. On Monday, Governor Baker announced his plan to […]Click for more.
Mayor Mitchell announces New Bedford will offer free mask to any resident who wants one
MaskNB initiative, a partnership with American Red Cross and Joseph Abboud, will provide mask to any city resident who wants one New Bedford, Massachusetts– Mayor Jon Mitchell announced that the City of New Bedford has launched MaskNB, an initiative in partnership with the Southeastern Massachusetts chapter of the American Red […]Click for more.
City of New Bedford, Southcoast to expand testing program for large workplaces, at-risk areas
New Bedford, Massachusetts– Mayor Jon Mitchell and Southcoast Health have announced that, together, they are expanding a program to reach more at-risk areas and essential workers with COVID-19 testing. The program is based on a joint pilot effort undertaken earlier this month to test commercial fishing crews on the New Bedford […]Click for more.
New Bedford suspends city-permitted events of more than 10 people through Labor Day
New Bedford, Massachusetts– Mayor Jon Mitchell has announced that events in New Bedford with more than 10 people in attendance, and which require a City permit, have been cancelled through Labor Day, Monday, September 7, 2020, to protect public health during the COVID-19 pandemic. New Bedford’s Independence Day fireworks for […]Click for more.
106th Feast of the Blessed Sacrament cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic
New Bedford, Massachusetts— Mayor Jon Mitchell and Club Madeirense S.S. Sacramento together have announced that the 106th Feast of the Blessed Sacrament, scheduled for July 30 through August 2, has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Club and the Feast Committee will announce further details about cancellation and […]Click for more.
Mayor Mitchell and Board of Health order strong public health measures to keep workplaces safe
New Bedford, Massachusetts– Mayor Jon Mitchell and the Board of Health have acted to ensure the safety of large industrial workplaces in New Bedford, both for essential businesses currently in operation, and those not designated as essential that will return to operations in the coming weeks. The Mayor and Board […]Click for more.
New Bedford Census Help Centers accessible by phone
New Bedford, Massachusetts– While there have been many changes during the COVID-19 state of emergency, the importance of filling out the 2020 Census remains a top priority to ensure New Bedford is counted in the federal census. The New Bedford Census Help Centers have gone virtual, and will now be […]Click for more.
Port of New Bedford, Southcoast Health partner to pilot COVID-19 testing for commercial fishing industry
New Bedford, Massachusetts– The Port of New Bedford has partnered with Southcoast Health to pilot targeted COVID-19 testing for workers in the commercial fishing industry and others, beginning with commercial fishermen on the New Bedford waterfront Friday. Using the Southcoast Mobile Health Van, testing began Friday afternoon for fishing crews […]Click for more.
Greater New Bedford Community Health Center expands COVID-19 testing capability
New Bedford, Massachusetts– The Greater New Bedford Community Health Center will expand its COVID-19 testing capability by establishing an outdoor testing location at its downtown health center. The state has designated community health centers across Massachusetts, including the Greater New Bedford Community Health Center, as expanded testing sites. Those experiencing […]Click for more.