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

Phase 2 Status

Type of Operation Status Guidance
Outdoor Dining at Restaurants and Dining Establishments Open June 8 with state and city guidelines Click here for state guidelines
Click here for city’s guidelines and permit for the outdoor dining guidelines in New Bedford
Indoor Dining at Restaurants and Dining Establishments Open June 22 with state and city guidelines Click here for state guidelines
Click here for city’s guidelines and permit for the outdoor dining guidelines in New Bedford
Playgrounds, Splash Pads and other recreational areas Open June 8 with state and city guidelines Click here for state guidelines
Outdoor Recreation: Adult and Youth Sports Leages Click here for state guidelines
Lodging Open June 8 with state and city guidelines Click here for state guidelines
Retail Businesses Open June 8 with state and city guidelines Click here for state guidelines
Golf Facilities Open June 8 with state and city guidelines Click here for state guidelines
Close Contact Personal Services Open June 8 with state and city guidelines Click here for state guidelines

Phase 3 Status

Type of Operation Status Guidance
Youth and Adult Amateur Sports Activities Open July 6 with state and city guidelines Click here for state guidelines
Parks, Open Space, and Outdoor Education Programs Open July 3 with state and city guidelines Click here for state guidelines
Playgrounds, Spray Decks and Outdoor Fitness Areas Open July 3 with state and city guidelines Click here for state guidelines
Recreational Boating and Boating Businesses Click here for state guidelines on For-Hire and Charter Vessels
Click here for state guidelines on recreational boating
Click here for state guidelines on recreational boating business
Zoos, Botanical Gardens, Wildlife Reserves, Nature Centers Open July 3 with state and city guidelines Click here for state guidelines on workplace safety and reopening standards
Outdoor Recreational Experiences and Educational Activities Click here for state guidelines for businesses providing outdoor recreation
Click here for state guidelines on mountain biking and cycling
Click here for state guidelines on whitewater rafting
Click here for state guidelines on reopening campgrounds
Reopening Health and Human Services Open July 6 with state and city guidelines Click here for state guidelines

Latest Update

Coronavirus News

Emergency and Executive Orders

 

City Hall to reopen three offices for in-person transactions beginning Monday, August 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Masks and social distancing required City Hall open 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday starting August 10 New Bedford, Massachusetts– New Bedford City Hall will reopen on a limited basis beginning Monday, August 10, 2020, in order to provide in-person services at the Treasurer’s Office, City Clerk’s Office, […]

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Free mask distribution continues with more ward-based drive-through events

‘Pop-up’ neighborhood events also announced  New Bedford, Massachusetts–MaskNB, an initiative announced earlier this year by Mayor Jon Mitchell in partnership with the Southeastern Massachusetts chapter of the American Red Cross and Joseph Abboud Manufacturing Corporation, announces additional mask distribution in July and August with more drive-through distribution events at the […]

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Reminder: metered parking enforcement resumes Monday, June 29 in New Bedford

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The Traffic Commission reminds motorists using metered parking spaces that enforcement of parking meters resumes Monday, June 29. Metered parking enforcement was suspended when restaurants and retail stores closed in-person dining and shopping due to the COVID-19 pandemic, until the reopening of indoor dining in New Bedford. […]

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New Bedford parks remind residents of designated grilling areas and social distancing

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The New Bedford Department of Parks, Recreation & Beaches reminds residents that certain areas at city parks are marked as designated grilling areas, and that grilling is not allowed in other sections of the parks. Social distancing is encouraged as New Bedford continues to combat the coronavirus. […]

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Mayor Mitchell appoints members of Commission on Police Use of Force Policies

New Bedford, Massachusetts– Mayor Jon Mitchell has appointed members of the Commission on Police Use of Force Policies that was announced last week after his signing of the Obama Foundation’s “Mayor’s Pledge,” which included the formation of the commission to review the police department’s policies on the use of force. […]

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Distribution of masks continues with Ward 5 and 6 residents this weekend, June 13 and 14 at NBHS

Through MaskNB initiative, City of New Bedford offers free masks to all city residents who want them 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 continue mask distribution this […]

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New Bedford residents invited to attend public meeting via Zoom on federal funding for COVID response

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The City of New Bedford’s Office of Housing and Community Development will hold a community forum to discuss the best use of federal funding to improve the quality of life for New Bedford residents specifically related to preventing, preparing for and responding to the coronavirus (COVID-19). The […]

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Targeted ground spraying for mosquitoes planned on Thursdays in New Bedford through September

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The New Bedford Health Department, working closely with the Bristol County Mosquito Control Project and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, is again this year conducting an annual monitoring program to track the potential threat from EEE and WNV carrying mosquitoes.  Under the program, mosquito traps are […]

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Mayor Mitchell announces New Bedford will follow state guidelines for second phase of reopening

New Bedford, Massachusetts–Mayor Jon Mitchell announced Saturday that the City of New Bedford will follow and implement the second phase of Governor Charlie Baker’s reopening plan, which allows for additional sector reopening on Monday, June 8. The plan includes sector-specific guidance for businesses and operations permitted to reopen with guidelines […]

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Distribution of masks continues with Ward 3 and 4 residents this weekend, June 6 and 7 at NBHS

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 continue mask distribution this weekend, June 6 and 7, at New Bedford High School’s parking lot. Distribution began last week, with […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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