COVID-19

Help us spread the word about the state health order requiring masks to be worn in public spaces. Download posters below. If you’d like to pick up posters at City Hall, please call 206-842-7633.


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Governor pauses indefinitely phased reopening plans
On July 28, Gov. Jay Inslee extended the pause indefinitely on counties moving ahead in the Safe Start Washington plan. 

He also released additional guidance that outlines the updates to gatherings, live entertainment, restaurants and taverns, entertainment and recreational centers, card rooms, movie theaters, and weddings and funerals and builds upon guidance released during the week of July 20. 

Read the full update here.


City Hall reopening date pending due to Kitsap County Phase 3 status
The City of Bainbridge Island anticipated reopening some of its facilities to the public for in-person services on Monday, July 6, but that date has been postponed due to the status of Kitsap County’s Phase 3 application. The City’s facilities will remain closed to the public and staff will continue to offer services by phone and online. 

The timing of any changes to reopening City facilities will be dependent on the county’s move to Phase 3.  

When the doors reopen to the public at City Hall, you should expect the following changes:

  • Plexiglass barriers at front counters
  • Directional signage for movement of staff and visitors
  • Six feet floor markings and stanchions to guide visitors
  • New, lower occupancy limits for conference rooms

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 Municipal Court will remain closed to in-person appearances until further orders of the Washington State Supreme Court. See the "City Operations" tab below for more information on City services.


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Masks are now required in Washington state
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As of June 26, every person in Washington State must wear a facial covering that covers their nose and mouth when in any indoor or outdoor public setting.  Order 20-03  was issued in response to reports of cases increasing throughout the state. 

The order applies to anyone inside of or in line to enter an indoor public space, waiting for or riding public transportation, and anyone outdoors and unable to keep six feet away from others not in their households.

There are exceptions to this order for children under the age of five and people with a medical condition, mental health condition or disability that prevents them from wearing a face covering. In no case should children under two years of age wear a face covering due to the risk of suffocation.

"This is about saving lives. It’s about reopening our businesses. And it’s about showing respect and care for one another. Mask up, Washington. Let’s beat this virus," read a post on Gov. Jay Inslee’s Twitter page following the announcement of the order on June 23

Read the order here.

For more information on face mask guidelines, please visit the Washington State Department of Health website.

Please help us share information about the face coverings requirement. Download the orca face coverings poster here.



City dock reopens to recreational guest moorage City Dock Kiosk
The City reopened its dock May 29 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 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


Community Resources
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.

  1. Emergency Operations Center
  2. Donation Requests
  3. Emergency Proclamation

The City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has scaled back to Wednesday activation only to continue processing resource requests for local healthcare providers, dentists, and other community businesses. 

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.
  1. City Operations
  2. Health Information
  3. Governor's Orders
  4. Stay Informed

City Manager’s Report

  • Read City Manager Morgan Smith’s weekly updates here.

City Operations
At this time, the City of Bainbridge Island’s reopening is pending due to the status of the Kitsap County Phase 3 application.

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.


Municipal Court

  • Please see the Municipal Court webpage for the latest information on hours and services. Passport processing is suspended. Telephone and email clerk service is available weekdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Police Department

  • 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.

Planning & Community Development

  • Planning and Community Development (PCD) now requires 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 inspections@bainbridgewa.gov or by calling 206-780-3789. Read the April 27 COVID-19 building construction and inspection program update here.


Public Works – Operations & Maintenance

  •  Staff is available to respond by phone at 206-842-1212 or email at pwom@bainbridgewa.gov. As part of our usual process, please call 911 for emergencies and after hours. Report non-emergencies through SeeClickFix.


Public Works – Engineering & Water Resources

  • Staff is available by phone at 206-842-2016 or send an email to pwadmin@bainbridgewa.gov.
  • Inspections can be scheduled by emailing pwinspections@bainbridgewa.gov 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 pwinspections@bainbridgewa.gov. 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.

Finance & Administrative Services

  • 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)
      • By phone: Call 1-866-480-8552 to use our third party vendor, PayGov.
      • Online: Pay online at PayGov or on the City website
      • Pay box: Put a check or envelope in the pay box located near the disabled parking area on the east end of City Hall.
    • 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



Status of City parks
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 is 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.