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Posted on: March 13, 2020

City implements temporary closure of some facilities amid COVID-19 concerns

Update at 6:45 p.m. March 13
BISD has shared information regarding meal service, youth counseling & other guidelines during the six-week school closure on its website. Read here.   


Update at 3:30 p.m. March 13

In response to recent events surrounding the coronavirus outbreak, the City of Bainbridge Island is implementing a three-day closure. Beginning Monday, March 16 to Wednesday, March 18 all public walk-in services at City Hall and the Police Station will be closed to the public. The Bainbridge Island Senior Community Center is closed. The Municipal Court will be working next week to adjust its schedule. 

During this time, the City remains open to City staff and will continue to deliver essential services, such as policing. The temporary closure will allow staff time to focus on internal systems and assess online or other changes to service delivery processes in anticipation of any potential long-term changes that may be implemented through April 30, 2020. 

Currently, the City anticipates reopening its facilities to the public Thursday, March 19 but it may be with limited services. 

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.

To support this effort, on Monday, March 16, the City will activate its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to manage and prioritize resource requests across the community, and to coordinate additional communication and outreach.

Meetings
The City will be working to implement options to allow telephonic participation for public meetings. Until that implementation is complete, the following approach will be in place:

  • City Council
    • The City is considering whether to cancel the City Council Study Session on March 17.   
  • City Advisory Groups
    • With the exception of the Planning Commission and the Design Review Board, all City Advisory Group meetings are canceled through April 30. 
  • Community meetings
    • The City is not accepting new reservations for meetings at City facilities through April 30.
    • All community training and workshops (e.g., emergency preparedness programs) are canceled through April 30.

Payments
If you need to make a payment while City Hall is closed, we have several options available:

  • Pay box: Put a check or envelope in the pay box located near the disabled parking area on the east end of City Hall.
  • By phone: Utility bills, court fines, and certain planning and building permits can by paid by calling 1-866-480-2558 and using our third party vendor, PayGov.
  • Online: Utility bills, court fines, and certain permits can also be paid at PayGov or on the City website.

Credit card fees charged by PayGov are waived while City Hall is closed. 


Community information
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.

Helpline House will continue to provide services. The organization is modifying services with prevention in mind but remains committed to ensuring our community has access to basic needs. Please see the Helpline House website and social media for the latest updates.

Following Gov. Jay Inslee’s executive order, the Bainbridge Island School District has closed all schools through at least April 24, 2020 in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19. Learn more here.


Kitsap Public Health update
Below is the latest update from Kitsap Public Health as of 2 p.m. Friday, March 13.

  • Positive Tests: 3
    • 3/13/2020: A South Kitsap resident in their 40s
    • 3/10/2020: A Bainbridge Island resident in their 70s
    • 3/8/2020: A Bainbridge Island resident in their 60s
  • Negative Tests: 56

Click here for the latest test results and health information from Kitsap Public Health.


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