With a population of approximately 100,000, the City of New Bedford is the world’s most famous whaling era seaport and the number one fishing port in America. This city is a wonderfully diverse, culturally rich community with a proud present, past and future.

Children can obtain a high-quality education in the New Bedford Public Schools System. Individuals pursuing higher education can do so at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth or Bristol Community College, both conveniently offer a downtown New Bedford campus.

New Bedford is dotted with beautifully maintained parks and public beaches. Our neighborhood restaurants, cafés, and bistros feature delicious ethnic cuisines. Visit the New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park, Whaling Museum, unique shops and galleries in our downtown historic district. New Bedford offers an unbeatable quality of life and is a great place to live, work, and raise a family.

Email: Mayor.Mitchell@newbedford-ma.gov

Mayor’s Office News


Citywide parking ban lifted as of today, Thursday, December 17 at 5:00 p.m.

The citywide snow emergency parking ban, which began yesterday, December 16, will be lifted as of 5:00 p.m. today, Thursday, December 17, 2020. Residents should remove their vehicles from municipal and school parking lots with the parking ban lifted at 5:00 p.m., to ensure those lots are able to be […]

Click for more.

Temporary drive-up COVID-19 testing for New Bedford residents reopens at airport on Saturday, December 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The City of New Bedford’s temporary drive-up COVID-19  testing site for New Bedford residents at the New Bedford Regional Airport reopens on Saturday, December 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tests are free and no appointment is required. Testing is expected to run daily for 5-10 […]

Click for more.

New Bedford Health Department orders The Bar on Dartmouth Street closed due to repeated COVID-19 violations

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The New Bedford Health Department has issued a cease and desist order to The Bar at 266 Dartmouth Street for its third violation of the state’s regulations to protect residents from the spread of COVID-19.  The Bar has been fined $2,900 and is ordered closed effective immediately, […]

Click for more.

Six New Bedford bars fined for violating COVID-19 orders to protect residents

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The New Bedford Health Department has issued fines to six New Bedford businesses for failure to comply with the City’s COVID-19 regulations and protections for residents. Whiskey Lounge at 1669 Acushnet Avenue, and Sebastian’s at 110 Country Street, were each fined $300 for failure to comply with […]

Click for more.

Tuesday, December 22 is final day for COVID-19 testing at airport

State’s Stop the Spread testing sites at Whale’s Tooth, former Fire Station 11 will continue The temporary overflow COVID-19 testing site at New Bedford Regional Airport will hold its last day of free, drive-up testing on Tuesday, December 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Only city residents are eligible […]

Click for more.

New Bedford will implement state COVID-19 guidelines at houses of worship

New Bedford, Massachusetts– New Bedford will implement the statewide COVID-19 guidelines for houses of worship in the city, the Health Department announced to faith leaders this week. New Bedford had implemented an additional cap, 40% or 100 people, whichever was lower, in the spring. Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court’s […]

Click for more.

State’s COVID-19 Stop the Spread testing site at Whale’s Tooth Parking Lot in New Bedford becomes appointment-only on Monday, December 14

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has informed the New Bedford Health Department that its Stop the Spread testing site located at the Whale’s Tooth Parking Lot, which serves the Seastreak Ferry, becomes appointment-only on Monday, December 14. Beginning Monday, the testing site will be run by […]

Click for more.

City of New Bedford to offer temporary drive-up, no-appointment-necessary COVID-19 testing

Move will increase local testing capacity as regional, state-run site converts to appointment-only; City testing site at airport limited to New Bedford residents   New Bedford, Massachusetts– The City of New Bedford will offer – for a limited time – drive-up COVID-19 testing for New Bedford residents at the New […]

Click for more.

Winter Storm Warning in effect for New Bedford beginning Wednesday, December 16

  Emergency parking ban effective at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 16 City offices/facilities, libraries closed to the public Thursday, December 17 One-day trash/recycling pickup delay, no pickup Thursday, December 17 New Bedford, Massachusetts– The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Southeastern Massachusetts including New Bedford in […]

Click for more.

Relief fund established for families displaced by Thanksgiving Day fire on Washburn Street 

Donations can be made online or at any branch of  First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union   New Bedford, Massachusetts–The City of New Bedford along with community partners including the Inter-Church Council of Greater New Bedford have established a relief fund for the families displaced by a fire that destroyed three homes on […]

Click for more.

Nursing home, senior living visitation to be prohibited to protect vulnerable residents from the spread of COVID-19

New Bedford, Massachusetts– Mayor Jon Mitchell and the Board of Health have issued strong new guidelines to protect the residents of nursing homes, long-term care and senior living facilities from the spread of COVID-19. As the New England region, including New Bedford, enters its second surge, the percent positivity of […]

Click for more.

NBEDC announces New Bedford SourceLink network and resources for entrepreneurs and small businesses

New Bedford, Massachusetts–Mayor Jon Mitchell and the New Bedford Economic Development Council (NBEDC) announce the launch of New Bedford SourceLink, a supportive platform that connects maritime, arts and culture, and main street entrepreneurs to a network of local, regional, and national resource partners to foster innovation, growth, and prosperity. Beginning […]

Click for more.