COVID-19 Community Resources 

Community Response Resources & Information

Learn about food and rental assistance, resources for those unemployed, utility assistance and more.

  1. City Service Response
  2.  Food Assistance
  3. House & Home
  4. Pharmacy services
  5. Transportation Services

The City of Bainbridge Island works to support our community members who may be facing financial difficulties during the COVID-19 health emergency. The City:

  • Suspends water and sewer service shut-offs due to nonpayment for the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Will not pursue collection of late fees related to City utility customers.
  • Will pay the service fees charged by the third-party vendor for debit/credit card payments.  Customers will not pay credit card service fees for any City services, including permits, utility bills or other charges, while City Hall is closed to the public.
  • Does not anticipate any code enforcement on the City’s single-use plastic bag ordinance during this time.  City staff is focused on life-safety concerns.

Read the City’s change in policy directive here

Bainbridge Island utility customers financially impacted by the coronavirus can request information on payment plan and late fee waiver options by visiting Finance & Administrative Services’ Economic Relief Measures During COVID-19.

Low-income seniors and/or low-income people with disabilities may qualify for discounts to their City utility bills.  Learn more here.

Community Partner Services Resources & Information

Community Business Updates

Community Partner Updates

  • Bainbridge Prepares
    • Learn how to request help or sign up to donate and volunteer. Details here.
  • Helpline House
    • For details on modified operations, please click here.
  • Senior Community Center
    • On Friday, March 13, the Senior Community Center closed to all activities to focus on using digital media to provide outreach and social connection to seniors in our community. The Senior Center is working with Meals on Wheels Kitsap to find an alternative way to continue to support ongoing nutritional assistance. Learn more here.
  • Farmers Market
    • The Bainbridge Island Farmers Market is now open on Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Town Square. Organizers ask that you please bring your mask, follow social distancing guidelines, and please leave the puppy and shopping bags at home.

      The Farmers Market is limiting the number of vendors who participate, and the tables will be spaced apart. There will be a controlled entrance into the market, a hand washing station, and a hand sanitizer station.

      Please follow the Farmers Market website for updates.

Local Parks Access

Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District

  • Click here to learn about the status of parks.
Resources for Businesses & Workers

Information for business and workers: The state Economic and Resiliency Team has launched a weekly newsletter to provide news and information to help businesses and workers navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. The newsletter provides information on unemployment insurance, the announcement of a Business Response Center to answer general business inquiries around financial help, information about the Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant program, and more.

TVW started a series “The Impact – The Road to Recovery” with host Mike McClanahan focused on businesses and workers. Archived recordings of the TVW series and the Friday sessions can be found on the state coronavirus webpage.

Kitsap Economic Development Association (KEDA)
  • The Kitsap Economic Development Association is gathering information and providing updates for businesses in our community. Please see the KEDA website for more information.
State of Washington Department of Commerce
  • Washington State Department of Commerce: Disaster assistance is now available to all Washington small businesses economically impacted by COVID-19.  Learn more here.

State of Washington Department of Financial Institutions
  • The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions has developed a list of financial resources for Washington residents affected by COVID-19, including information on student loans deferment, utility assistance, avoiding scams, and more. Click here to learn more. 

State of Washington Department of Revenue

  • The Washington State Department of Revenue has provided information on business relief related to taxes, audits, business licenses, and more. Read here.

State of Washington Employment Security Department

  • The Washington State Employment Security Department has provided information for workers affected by COVID-19. Learn more here.

Governor’s Office

  • The Governor’s office has compiled a COVID-19 resource list for affected Washington businesses and workers. Learn more here.
  1. County & State services
  • Kitsap County
    • Learn about the status of Kitsap County government services here
    • The Kitsap County Treasurer’s Office encourages property owners who are financially able to pay first half or full year property taxes early to fund essential services needed now and in the months to come. Property taxes fund essential services in state and local government, including cities, counties, public health, schools, fire districts, ports, hospital and other districts. 
    • Kitsap County will temporarily extend the property tax deadline for residential and commercial taxpayers to May 31, 2020. Read the full update here.
  • Kitsap County Solid Waste
    •  Get updates on Kitsap County waste facilities here.

Driver license expiration dates extended 90 days
Gov. Jay Inslee has taken action to allow the Department of Licensing (DOL) to temporarily extend the expiration dates of driver licenses. The DOL will send letters to persons whose driver license is set to expire in the next 90 days (April 3 through July 3). These card holders expiration date will be extended for 90 days. Learn more here.

At this time, the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce vehicle & vessel licensing office (located at 395 Winslow Way NE) is open Tuesday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (lunch closure 1-2) and continues to provide all services (renewals, title registrations, transfers and replacement, disabled parking passes).  

Customers need to wait outside the door, and staff recommends that customers wear face coverings. Staff also recommends that customers renew registrations online and designate for mailing, not pick up.