COVID-19

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.

Please see the video below from City Manager Morgan Smith explaining why it’s important for families to follow the guidelines of Gov. Jay Inslee’s ’Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ order. 

Update - Tuesday April 7, 2020

City Council update
City Manager Morgan Smith and Emergency Management Coordinator Anne LeSage will provide the City Council with an update tonight on the CIty’s COVID-19 response. This is the only topic on the agenda. The meeting will be held using Zoom to align with Gov. Jay Inslee’s "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order to limit in-person contact.

The meeting will start at 5:00 p.m. with all Council and public attendance on the internet or phone connections.

The public will still be able to watch the meeting through the City’s usual platforms:

  • City livestream: please visit the City Council agenda page here  (click on "In Progress" when the meeting starts).
  • Watch the live broadcast on Bremerton Kitsap Access Television (BKAT) (Ch. 12 on Comcast & Ch. 3 on WAVE).

 Click here to learn how to watch the meeting through the Zoom platform.

Donation requests
Bainbridge Prepares volunteers will accept protective equipment donations today at City Hall for health care workers and first responders on Bainbridge Island. If you have items to donate, stop by 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (just leave your items at the bottom of the steps and a volunteer will get the items). Thank you to the many community members who have stepped up to help with this effort! See the "Donation Requests" tab below for more on the specific requests.


Cloth face coverings recommended
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The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) 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 CDC guidelines and how to create your own mask here. DOH has also created a guidance document on face coverings here.


Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order
Gov. Jay Inslee has extended the ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ order until May 4. He 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.


Park District
Update on Bainbridge Parks

We all want to get out and enjoy our Bainbridge Island parks during Gov. Jay Inslee’s ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ order, but if we can’t do it in a way that follows the rules and supports social distancing guidelines, then Bainbridge parks may close for all recreation. We continue to request that you please do not drive your car to a park on the island – visitors are welcome by walking, riding or rolling!

Police officers are issuing warning tickets to anyone whose vehicle is blocking the entrance to a park and/or parked in an area not designated for parking (e.g. along the street), but we’d prefer to not have to do this. People who bring their cars to parks are putting these first responders at risk by causing officers to interact more often with the public to ensure people are following the rules.

We understand the inconvenience and that not everyone will have easy access to parks, but the decision was made to close all Bainbridge parks to vehicle access to minimize large gatherings. The closure to vehicles aligns with decisions made in communities across our region, and with the request from Gov. Inslee for Washingtonians to minimize travel and non-essential activities as much as possible.  In the days leading up to this decision, Park District staff observed large gatherings, overflowing parking lots and people not following the social distancing guidelines established by health professionals. We are committed to slowing the spread of COVID-19 and hope that our community will respect the temporary changes put in place.

The park changes will remain in place throughout the duration of the Governor’s ’Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ order.

Please remember: if you take a car, the park is too far! Recreate responsibly. Walk, ride or roll from home.



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

The City activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Monday, 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.

City Manager Morgan Smith and Emergency Management Coordinator Anne LeSage provided an update on the City’s COVID-19 response during the March 24 Council meeting. Watch the update here.

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

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. At this time, the Municipal Court will remain closed to the public through at least April 24. 

City Manager’s Report
Read City Manager Morgan Smith’s April 3 message here.


Customer Counters
The following City of Bainbridge Island customer counters are closed to walk-in visitors:

  • 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.
    • Harbormaster: The City dock & boat launch at Waterfront Park are closed to recreational users due to Gov. Jay Inslee’s ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ order. The pumpout station and the area for dinghies are still available.  
  • Municipal Court
    • The Bainbridge Island Municipal Court is closed to the public through at least April 24. Judge Sara McCulloch approved an emergency administrative order Monday, March 23 to postpone and reschedule matters at the Municipal Court, located at 10255 NE Valley Road. Read the order and exceptions here.
  • City Hall
    • Planning & Community Development
      • Appointments for submitting building and land use permits are no longer required. All building and land use permits should be submitted at pcd@bainbridgewa.gov. Additionally, planners and inspectors can continue to be reached by email and phone (see staff directory).
      • Building inspections can be scheduled by emailing inspections@bainbridgewa.gov or by calling 206-780-3789.
    • Public Works – Engineering & Water Resources
      • Staff is available by phone at 206-842-2016 or send an email to pwadmin@bainbridgewa.gov.
      • Inspections are temporarily suspended.
      • 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.
  • 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
  • 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


City Council
On March 24, the Governor 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.

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 Council confirmed that it plans to meet weekly throughout April. The next meeting is scheduled for April 7 and will be held remotely. The only topic for this meeting will be an update on the City’s COVID-19 emergency response. The start time for the April 7 meeting, the remote platform, and details on public access will be communicated later.

The City Attorney’s Office continues to assess the requirements of the Governor’s orders as they affect City services. 


City Advisory Groups
All City Advisory Group meetings, including Planning Commission and the Design Review Board are canceled until May 4.


Community meetings

  • The City is not accepting new reservations for meetings at City facilities until May 4.
  • All community training and workshops (e.g., emergency preparedness programs) are canceled through at least May 4.


City Events

  • The Boaters Fair, scheduled for Saturday, May 2, is canceled.


Status of construction activity
On March 25, the Governor released additional guidance for construction activity in his ’Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ order. Under the Governor’s order, “construction is not considered to be an essential activity.” As a result, all construction – residential and commercial – is not authorized while the order is in place and is subject to limited exceptions.

Please refer to the Governor’s orders for more specificity, but in sum there are exceptions to this order for:

  • Construction workers who support the construction, operation, inspection, and maintenance of construction sites and construction projects (including housing construction) for all essential facilities, services and projects included in the “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” document provided by the Governor’s office.
  • Residential construction related to emergency repairs and projects that ensure structural integrity.

For additional information on limited exceptions to the order, please see the Governor’s construction guidance memo issued March 25.

If an activity allowed under this order requires a building inspection from the City of Bainbridge Island Building Department, please contact the Inspection line at 206-780-3789 and see the March 26 Building Inspection Update memo.


Update on Public Works projects
The Public Works Department continues to evaluate whether to proceed with the construction of public infrastructure projects on a case-by-case basis, including public projects constructed by private entities (such as Puget Sound Energy and Comcast) that are regulated through the City’s right of way permit process.

As of March 26, the City has made the decision to proceed with an ongoing drainage improvement project at Waterfront Park, and one private project in the public right of way involving the removal of Comcast utility poles on Miller Road.

City contractors performing the construction of public works projects are being provided with safety and sanitation guidance developed by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to ensure proper mitigation procedures for working during the COVID-19 outbreak.