Press Releases – 2020



December 22, 2020 City of New Bedford to distribute federal funding toward food security, internet access, and education
December 21, 2020 Tuesday, December 22 is final day for COVID-19 testing at airport
December 17, 2020 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.
December 17, 2020 Citywide parking ban lifted as of 5:00 p.m. today, Thursday, December 17, 2020
December 16, 2020 Winter Storm Warning in effect for New Bedford beginning Wednesday, December 16
December 14, 2020 City of New Bedford to offer temporary drive-up, no-appointment-necessary COVID-19 testing
December 11, 2020 Nursing home, senior living visitation to be prohibited to protect vulnerable residents from the spread of COVID-19
December 10, 2020 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
December 7, 2020 NBEDC announces New Bedford SourceLink network and resources for entrepreneurs and small businesses
December 4, 2020 New Bedford will implement state COVID-19 guidelines at houses of worship
December 3, 2020 New Bedford Health Department orders The Bar on Dartmouth Street closed due to repeated COVID-19 violations
November 28, 2020 Relief fund established for families displaced by Thanksgiving Day fire on Washburn Street
November 24, 2020 Six New Bedford bars fined for violating COVID-19 orders to protect residents
November 19, 2020 New Bedford will pause bar area seating due to Thanksgiving travel, strongly encourage remote work post-holiday
November 2, 2020 New Bedford Council on Aging to fight hunger among seniors
October 28, 2020 Three New Bedford businesses fined for violating COVID-19 orders to protect residents
October 23, 2020 Major step forward for city’s new business park
October 19, 2020 Polling location change for Ward 3 Precinct F
October 15, 2020 Six New Bedford restaurants fined for violations of COVID-19 orders to protect residents
October 14, 2020 New Bedford announces early voting schedule for 2020 general election
October 13, 2020 New Bedford Health Department issues tips for a safe and healthy Halloween
October 12, 2020 Two library branches and city licensing, veterans and health department offices will reopen Tuesday, October 13 with limited hours
September 28, 2020 Southern Airways extends service in New Bedford, plans to base New England fleet at airport
September 17, 2020 City officials break ground on Hazelwood Park bowling greens
September 10, 2020 New Bedford church fined for violating city and state COVID-19 protections amid isolated outbreak
August 28, 2020 Mayor Mitchell and Board of Health update strong public health measures at senior living, long-term care facilities and nursing homes
August 27, 2020 Community Preservation Act FY 2021 application round begins with virtual workshop
August 20, 2020 Algae bloom detected in Sassaquin Pond; humans and pets should avoid contact with pond water
August 18, 2020 New Bedford Election Commission reminds voters of statewide deadline for applications to vote by mail
August 13, 2020 New Bedford offers Passport Parking app for cashless parking payments
August 7, 2020 New Bedford announces early voting schedule for 2020 state primary election
August 6, 2020 City Hall to reopen three offices for in-person transactions beginning Monday, August 10 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
August 5, 2020 New Bedford to honor life and legacy of Congressman John Lewis
August 5, 2020 Mayor Jon Mitchell to deliver annual State of the City address virtually
July 15, 2020 Mayor Jon Mitchell presents Fiscal Year 2021 budget proposal
July 3, 2020 Free mask distribution continues with more ward-based drive-through events
June 26, 2020 Reminder: metered parking enforcement resumes Monday, June 29 in New Bedford
June 22, 2020 New Bedford parks remind residents of designated grilling areas and social distancing
June 15, 2020 Mayor Mitchell appoints members of Commission on Police Use of Force Policies
June 11, 2020 Distribution of masks continues with Ward 5 and 6 residents this weekend, June 13 and 14 at NBHS
June 10, 2020 New Bedford residents invited to attend public meeting via Zoom on federal funding for COVID response
June 10, 2020 Targeted ground spraying for mosquitoes planned on Thursdays in New Bedford through September
June 9, 2020 Mayor Mitchell signs on to Obama Foundation’s Mayor’s Pledge
June 6, 2020 Mayor Mitchell announces New Bedford will follow state guidelines for second phase of reopening
June 4, 2020 Distribution of masks continues with Ward 3 and 4 residents this weekend June 6 and 7 at NBHS
May 29, 2020 Mayor Mitchell announces establishment of restaurant reopening advisory group
May 28, 2020 Distribution of masks begins with North End residents this weekend, May 30 and 31 at NBHS
May 21, 2020 Kenndey Summer Day Program cancelled for summer 2020; beach passes available for New Bedford residents
May 21, 2020 Mayor Mitchell announces New Bedford will follow state’s first phase statewide reopening with adjustments
May 14, 2020 Mayor Mitchell announces New Bedford will offer free mask to any resident who wants one
May 13, 2020 City of New Bedford, Southcoast to expand testing program for larger workplaces, at risk areas
May 13, 2020 New Bedford suspends city-permitted events of more than 10 people through Labor Day
May 7, 2020 106th Feast of the Blessed Sacrament cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic
May 6, 2020 Mayor Mitchell and Board of Health order strong public health measures to keep workplaces safe
May 4, 2020 New Bedford Census Help Centers accessible by phone
May 1, 2020 Port of New Bedford, Southcoast Health partner to pilot COVID-19 testing for commercial fishing industry
May 1, 2020 Greater New Bedford Community Health Center expands COVID-19 testing capability
April 28, 2020 City to distribute 50,000+ masks made by Joseph Abboud to vulnerable residents and frontline workers
April 22, 2020 Mayor Jon Mitchell and City Council President Joseph Lopes announce reductions in capital improvements
April 21, 2020 New Bedford’s 2020 Memorial Day parade cancelled, virtual memorials planned
April 15, 2020 Due dates extended for certain City bills amid state of emergency
April 14, 2020 City, United Way partner in Help United – the Greater New Bedford COVID-19 Response Fund
April 13, 2020 New Bedford to require employees working with the public to protect themselves and others with masks or face coverings
April 09, 2020 New Bedford announces establishment of two regional care centers for COVID-19
April 01, 2020 Mayor Mitchell and Board of Health order strong public health measures at senior living facilities, nursing homes and lodging houses
March 30, 2020 New Bedford to begin annual street sweeping program
March 20, 2020 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
March 17, 2020 City facilities will close to public access from Tuesday, March 17 through at least Sunday, March 22
March 13, 2020 Mayor Jon Mitchell updates the public on New Bedford’s response to COVID-19
March 12, 2020 New Bedford Counts: City launches 2020 Census effort
March 10, 2020 Statement regarding the New Bedford Half Marathon
March 03, 2020 New Bedford Health Department provides information on 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
February 27, 2020 Applications for youth program, summer jobs available
February 25, 2020 Free hands-on astronomy family event at Low Tide Yacht Club
February 25, 2020 Statement on Gracia settlement
February 11, 2020 U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development awards homelessness assistance funding
February 07, 2020 Statement on Elimination of Fire Department Blackout Policy
February 07, 2020 Voter registration deadline is February 12; Early voting available the week of February 24
January 30, 2020 Absentee ballots now available for presidential primary election
January 29, 2020 City Files with state its objections to Parallel Products project
January 24, 2020 Mayor Jon Mitchell to hold January Neighborhood Office Hours at Rua’s West End Pizzeria
January 14, 2020 New Bedford’s Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Remembrance Celebration
January 07, 2020 New Bedford Community Preservation Act applications to be presented at public meetings