Update on May 29, 2020: City dock reopens to recreational guest moorage
The City has reopened its dock to recreational guest moorage, including overnight stays, as part of Kitsap County’s transition into Phase 2 of the Safe Start plan for COVID-19 recovery.
What guests need to know:
- The moorage is assigned on a first-come-first-serve basis.
- At this time, rafting (to accommodate additional boats) will not be allowed.
- The showers remain closed to guests.
- The sewage pumpout station remains available.
All City dock visitors are urged to follow public health guidance, which includes wearing a face covering and maintaining six feet of distance from others in public whenever possible.
The launch ramp and boat trailer parking at Waterfront Park reopened May 5.
Kitsap County is now in Phase 2 of the Safe Start plan
The Kitsap Public Health District received notification on May 28 that Washington State Secretary of Health John Wiesman has approved Kitsap County’s request for a variance to move from Phase 1 to Phase 2 under the state’s Safe Start plan for COVID-19 recovery. Approval is effective immediately. Read the Secretary of Health’s approval letter. Click here for updates and to read the full Kitsap Public Health District statement.
Kitsap County publishes a ‘Playbook’ for reopening
The Kitsap County Emergency Operations Center (KCEOC) has compiled a Pathway to Recovery Playbook to help our community understand and safely embark upon our phased reopening as part of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Safe Start plan. The document includes everything from overarching guidance for every individual and employer, to industry-specific recommendations for each phase of the Safe Start plan. The Pathway to Recovery Playbook will be updated periodically as the situation changes and new guidelines are issued. Learn more about the document here.
Unemployment Claim Scams
The Bainbridge Island Police Department is getting reports of new cases of identity theft related to the recent unemployment benefits going out to people due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you’ve been informed of a fraudulent unemployment claim in your name, you should do the following:
During the May 12 City Council meeting, City Manager Morgan Smith and Deputy City Manager Ellen Schroer provided the first forecast of how City revenues and expenditures are impacted by COVID-19 closures and restrictions. The briefing focused on current expectations for 2020 revenue decreases, and recommended changes in expenditure plans. Watch the presentations in the video below.
Update on "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order
Gov. Jay Inslee announced May 1 an extension of the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order through May 31 and the implementation of a four-phase approach to reopening businesses and modifying physical distancing measures that begins May 5. Learn more about the Governor’s announcement and phased approach to lifting restrictions here.
Update on City status
In light of the Governor’s extension, the City of Bainbridge Island’s facilities (City Hall, Police Station, Municipal Court) will remain closed to the public. The public can still access many City services by phone and online. City staff remains available to respond through email and phone. City Police personnel and Public Works Operations and Maintenance crews will continue to perform their regular duties, within the limitations established by the current restrictions.
The Governor announced changes to some restrictions in the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. Residential construction is now allowed for projects that comply with on-site requirements on social distancing and other safety precautions. Some types of outdoor recreation will be allowed beginning May 5, and some elective surgeries may soon proceed. As a result, City staff has made corresponding adjustments:
- City inspectors are working to respond to increased demand for inspections and information. Inspectors have been trained on the current jobsite requirements and are performing their work with personal protection equipment, including gloves, facial masks, eye protection and sanitizer to ensure the safety of our staff and the public.
- Effective May 5, the City removed restrictions on vehicle access to City-owned park properties. Previously, the City closed both Pritchard Park and John T. Nelson Park at Strawberry Cannery Cove to vehicle access. As of May 5, vehicle access will again be allowed. Park users are reminded to follow all social distancing guidelines, and to only park vehicles in designated parking areas. For updates on other Bainbridge parks, please see the Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District website.
Learn more about the status of each City department in the "City Operations" tab below.
Learn about food and rental assistance, updates on Bainbridge businesses, status of other government agencies, utility assistance and more on the City’s COVID-19 Community Resources page here.
Beginning Wednesday, May 27, the City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will scale back to Wednesday activation only to continue processing resource requests for local healthcare providers, dentists, and other community businesses. The EOC will remain activated through the end of June.
Key EOC personnel remains on call 24/7 in case the situation changes, and will continue weekly meetings with our community partners.
The City activated its EOC March 16 to manage and prioritize resource requests across the community, and to coordinate additional communication and outreach. During this time of uncertainty, the City is focused on three main goals:
- Support public health guidance
- The City is working to support the public health emphasis on slowing the speed of transmission of COVID-19.
- Support the community
- As the lead emergency response agency, the City will continue to be a resource for community partners and to manage the work to address requests for resources and planning.
- Continuance of City services
- The City aims to provide essential municipal services that are fundamental to the community, such as Police services and support for utilities and other public infrastructure.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Bainbridge Prepares volunteers will accept protective equipment donations for health care workers at City Hall by appointment only. Please email email@example.com to schedule an appointment.
Supplies are currently limited due to impacts on manufacturing and the increase in global demand. Thank you to the many community members who have stepped up to help with this effort!
Below are specific items that are still needed to ensure the safety of Bainbridge Island health care workers and their patients:
- N95 respirators (a respiratory protective device designed to achieve a very close facial fit and very efficient filtration of airborne particles – see here)
- Surgical masks
- Safety goggles
- Medical gowns
- Face shields
The EOC has fulfilled more than 50 resource requests for the community. This includes the delivery of protective equipment to several critical island organizations such as Bainbridge Pediatrics, Bainbridge Island Senior Living, Virginia Mason, and more.
The EOC has also provided supplies to Helpline House, Community Pharmacy, grocery stores, convenience stores, and other businesses throughout the island that remain open to provide essential services. Many of the current community requests are for hand sanitizer to protect staff and volunteers.
On Monday, March 9, the City issued a Proclamation of Local Emergency in response to the Kitsap Public Health District’s March 8 confirmation of the county’s first positive COVID-19 case on Bainbridge Island. The proclamation allows the City to use all resources necessary to prepare for and respond to an outbreak, to adjust City policies and operations if needed, and to access state or federal funds and other resources related to emergency response. Read the proclamation here.
City Manager’s Report
- Read City Manager Morgan Smith’s weekly updates here.
City Hall and the Police Station will remain closed to walk-in services until May 4 in alignment with Gov. Jay Inslee’s "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order. Staff will continue to provide City services through electronic submittals, email and phone throughout the duration of the order.
The following City of Bainbridge Island customer counters are closed to walk-in visitors:
- The Police Station lobby is closed to the public. If you need to report a crime or speak to an officer for any reason, please call 911. For other questions or assistance, you may call the station office at 206-842-5211. Office staff is available to answer your calls between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you get voice mail during this time, please leave a message and staff will get back to you as soon as possible.
- The Bainbridge Island Municipal Court remains closed to the public. Beginning May 4, hearings at the Municipal Court, located in Rolling Bay, will be held using video conferencing and teleconferencing options. Litigants will receive information by mail and email. All members of the public will able to observe hearings through video and telephonic means.
- Beginning Monday, May 4, Planning and Community Development (PCD) will require phone appointments for the submittal of building and land use permits to make the process more efficient for staff and applicants. The department will offer seven phone appointments daily for a total of 35 per week. Please visit the PCD webpage to schedule an appointment.
- Building inspections can be scheduled by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 206-780-3789. Read the April 27 COVID-19 building construction and inspection program update here.
- Staff is available by phone at 206-842-2016 or send an email to email@example.com.
- Inspections can be scheduled by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 206-780-3788.
- Development Engineering
- Counter hours are suspended until further notice. Please send all questions (with “DE Question” in the subject line) to email@example.com. A Development Engineering staff member will respond within 5 business days.
- Project support
- For all inspections, see above. Inspections will not be scheduled sooner than 2 business days after receipt of a request if received prior to noon, or 3 business days if received after noon. Appointment times may be longer depending on availability.
- For projects currently under review, contact the assigned Development Engineering staff. For submittals or resubmittals, please contact PCD.
- Staff is available to respond by phone at 206-842-1212 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. As part of our usual process, please call 911 for emergencies and after hours. Report non-emergencies through SeeClickFix.
- We are not accepting in-person payments at this time. If you need to make a payment while City Hall is closed, we have several options available:
- Court fines and certain planning/building permits (For questions regarding available payment options for your permit, contact Planning & Community Development at 206-780-3750)
- Tenants of Dave Ullin Open Water Marina payment options for moorage fees:
- Call the front desk at 206-842-7633 to pay with credit or debit card.
- Use the drop box outside City Hall.
- Utility billing
On March 24, Gov. Jay Inslee issued an order modifying, suspending, and waiving provisions of the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) and Public Records Act (PRA) to limit in-person contact and address other issues related to the COVID-19 situation. On April 23, Governor Inslee extended the duration of this order to remain in effect until May 4, 2020, unless extended further.
Under the Governor’s order, City Council meetings can only occur remotely (i.e., not in person), and can only address matters that are necessary and routine or are necessary to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak and the current public health emergency.
Based on clarifying guidance from the Washington State Attorney General’s Office, the requirement that meetings are not to be conducted in-person applies to Council members as well as to the public.
The City Attorney’s Office continues to assess the requirements of the Governor’s orders as they affect City services.
City Advisory Groups
The City has resumed Planning Commission and Design Review Board meetings. Content for these meetings will be in alignment with any statewide restrictions.
The work of these committees is necessary due to the specific role that the Planning Commission and the Design Review Board have based on state law and City code requirements regarding the land use process.
The meetings will be conducted remotely on the Zoom platform with the same options for public participation and comment as City Council meetings.
The Planning Commission meetings will continue to be streamed live on the City’s website, with the video recording available following the meeting.
Kitsap Public Health Update
Click here for the latest COVID-19 test results and health information from Kitsap Public Health.
- Kitsap Public Health District
- Public Health - Seattle & King County
- Washington State Department of Health
- Washington State Coronavirus Response (COVID-19)
Cloth face coverings recommended
The Washington State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) now recommend people wear cloth face coverings when they are in public places and can’t stay at least six feet away from others. This might include trips to the grocery store, pharmacy, health clinic or similar places.
Wearing cloth face coverings will not prevent the spread of COVID-19 without use of other protective measures. It is critical to stay home whenever possible, wash hands often, and disinfect frequently used objects. Learn more about the guidelines and how to create your own mask here.
For Gov. Jay Inslee’s COVID-19 press conference coverage, please visit TVW’s website.
- May 1: Gov. Jay Inslee announced May 1 an extension of the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order through May 31 and the implementation of a four-phase approach to reopening businesses and modifying physical distancing measures that begins May 5. Learn more about the Governor’s announcement and phased approach to lifting restrictions here.
- April 27: Gov. Jay Inslee announced a partial re-opening of some outdoor recreation activities. As of Tuesday, May 5, some outdoor recreation will be allowed with appropriate safety precautions, including: fishing; hunting; playing golf; and day use at state parks, state public lands managed by the Department of Natural Resources and at state Fish and Wildlife areas. Read the full announcement here or watch here.
- April 24: Gov. Jay Inslee, in consultation with the state’s construction industry, announced a plan April 24 to allow current construction projects to be completed. The recommendations were informed by workers, contractors, health and safety experts, and local government officials, for safe construction standards. Read the full plan on the governor’s Medium page.
- April 21: Gov. Jay Inslee announced in a televised address on the evening of April 21 his vision for the eventual safe return to public life amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Watch the announcement here.
- April 16: Gov. Jay Inslee expanded protections for renters today as COVID-19 continues to impact the finances of Washingtonians statewide. Inslee’s new proclamation extends and expands the original order through June 4th.
- April 6: Gov. Jay Inslee and Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal announced April 6 the extension of school closures for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. The order keeps both public and private schools closed in accordance with the governor’s original order on March 13.
- April 2: Gov. Jay Inslee extended the ’Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ order to May 4. Read the update here.
- The Governor is requesting all Washington residents stay home to reduce physical interaction to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community. To learn what is considered an essential service, read the statewide order here.The governor’s office has provided guidance for businesses that want to request inclusion and individuals who want to report suspected violations of the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order.
- March 31: The governor provided additional guidance on essential services, such as nannies (deemed essential if they are in the home taking care of children of essential workers), automotive repair facilities and limited automotive sales and leasing activities, and renewable energies. The bulletin also includes guidance on several recreational activities not deemed essential, such as recreational fishing and golf. Read the bulletin here.
- March 30: Gov. Jay Inslee provided enforcement guidance on ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ order. Read here.
- March 25: Gov. Jay Inslee announced new measures March 25 to combat COVID-19 and released additional guidance for construction in his ’Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ order. Get the details here.
- March 23: On the evening of Monday, March 23, Gov. Jay Inslee issued a ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ order requesting all Washington residents stay at home to reduce physical interactions as much as possible to stop the spread of COVID-19. The order is effective immediately and any non-essential businesses still operating must close in 48 hours. The order will remain in place for at least two weeks. Read the order here.
- March 18: On Wednesday, March 18, the Governor announced relief for businesses, workers, renters, and more in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Learn more here.
- March 16: On Monday, March 16, Gov. Jay Inslee announced a statewide emergency proclamation to temporarily shut down restaurants, bars and entertainment and recreational facilities to expand protections against COVID-19. Read here.
- Gov. Jay Inslee signed several executive orders to expand statewide closures of schools, limit large gatherings and expand protocols for adult family homes. Read here.
- For state resources related to COVID-19, visit the governor’s coronavirus page.
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- City Manager’s Report: Sign up for a weekly email newsletter with information about COVID-19 updates and City topics (remember to look for a confirmation email, which might go to your junk folder).
- Kitsap County alerts: Sign up to get COVID-19 updates from Kitsap County by email or text.
- King County alerts: Sign up to get COVID-19 alerts from Public Health – Seattle & King County
Previous City of Bainbridge Island Updates:
- March 23: Governor Inslee orders residents to stay at home as COVID-19 spreads
- March 18: City seeking personal protective equipment donations for health care workers
- March 16: Municipal Court limits operations amid COVID-19 concerns
- March 13: City implements temporary closure of some facilities amid COVID-19 concerns
- March 10: Kitsap Public Health confirms second COVID-19 case on Bainbridge Island
- March 9: City issues proclamation of local emergency on COVID-19
- March 8: Kitsap Public Health confirms county’s first positive COVID-19 case on Bainbridge Island
- March 6 & 5: Update: City response to coronavirus outbreak
- March 2: City staff monitoring coronavirus outbreak