News & Updates
- On April 1, Port of Seattle Commissioners will meet virtually to determine immediate economic relief proposals for Port tenants, and principles to guide recovery strategies for the broader community. The agenda and details on how to participate in the meeting will be emailed and posted online shortly: https://www.portseattle.org/
- State leaders have rolled out a joint effort to help businesses and workers hit hard by economic fallout of the coronavirus outbreak:
- The Department of Commerce and the Employment Security Department are working with other state partners to update a statewide portal to rapidly provide up-to-date information on resources and services available to support businesses and workers affected by the COVID-19 outbreak: http://coronavirus.wa.gov
- The U.S. Small Business Administration approved Governor Inslee’s request for a disaster declaration, and all counties in Washington state are now eligible for assistance. This unlocks low-interest loans that will help small businesses meet their financial obligations during this difficult time.
- For businesses that need temporary tax relief, Governor Inslee has given the Department of Revenue authority to waive interest, fees, and due dates for a broad range of taxes, including property tax exemptions, business license renewals and others: https://dor.wa.gov/about/business-relief-during-covid-19-pandemic
- Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced a statewide order that requires everyone in the state to stay home. This proclamation will:
- Require every Washingtonian to stay home unless they need to pursue an essential activity.
- Ban all gatherings for social, spiritual and recreational purposes.
- Close all businesses except essential businesses.
- The proclamation states it’s still safe for people to go outside as long as they remain at least six feet from each other. Grocery stores, doctor’s offices and other essential businesses will remain open. People can still participate in activities such as bike rides, gardening, and dog walking — as long as they follow social distancing rules.
Read the full statement for details on the order: https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-announces-stay-home-stay-healthy%C2%A0order
- Bellevue Mayor Lynne Robinson declared that small businesses (gross receipts under $5M) can defer 1Q and 2Q taxes until October 31, 2020. Larger businesses may also have an option upon request to defer tax payments for up to 90 days: https://bellevuewa.gov/city-news/deferred-business-taxes
- As part of its evolving response to the COVID-19 outbreak and with guidance from Public Health – Seattle & King County, King County Parks and Seattle Parks and Recreation are closing active recreation areas in parks, including sports courts, playgrounds, picnic shelters, and other areas where essential social distancing guidelines are difficult to achieve: https://kingcountyparks.org/2020/03/19/king-county-parks-coronavirus-update/
- On March 11, 2020, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced amendments to the state's emergency proclamation that prohibit social, spiritual and recreational activities involving 250 or more people. Public Health also said events with less than 250 people should not go forward unless they can ensure proper health protections for attendees to limit the spread of illness.
- On March 12, 2020, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee ordered all public and private K-12 schools in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties to close no later than the end of the day on March 16, and remain closed through April 24. He urged all schools to explore extended learning options through the closure period and maintain critical services such as childcare and meals.
City of Bellevue Updates
With COVID-19 cases continuing to rise, the City of Bellevue is doing what it can to help residents protect themselves. The city is monitoring the situation, issuing recommendations and taking actions based on direction from Public Health – Seattle & King County, the lead agency for local COVID-19 response.
- Proclamation of Emergency
On March 3, Mayor Lynne Robinson signed a proclamation of emergency that allows the city to act quickly should the outbreak spread to residents here.
- Postponed or Canceled Events
Bellevue Youth Theatre Benefit Gala, March 13-14, Bellevue Youth Theatre
2020 Hope Festival, March 14, Highland Community Center.
Cultural Conversations, March 17, Crossroads Community Center
Welcome to City Hall, March 19, City Hall
"Rapunzel," March 21, 22, 28 and 29, Bellevue Youth Theatre
Welcome to City Hall, April 3, City Hall
Welcome to City Hall, May 8, City Hall
- City Services
The City of Bellevue announced it is temporarily suspending in-person services at its Crossroads Mini City Hall satellite location until further notice.
- City Hall Temporarily Closed
Following direction from public health officials, the city is halting public access to City Hall immediately, shifting to delivery of services online and other ways as of Tuesday, March 17 through April. The city is also moving its permitting services fully online or by phone starting today and will cancel external meetings this week that do not fall under the requirements of the Open Public Meetings Act.
- Planning Commission Meetings Canceled
The March 25, 2020 City of Bellevue Planning Commission meeting is cancelled. The closure is due to the City’s response to the COVID-19 virus and the closure of Bellevue City Hall for public access through April 1, when the decision will be re-evaluated. To the extent possible, the City is continuing to deliver services in various alternate ways. The next regularly scheduled Planning Commission meeting is April 8, provided it may need to be cancelled as well.
We will do our best to ensure this information is updated, however the coronavirus situation is changing rapidly and we cannot guarantee continued accuracy. Please follow the WA State Department of Health and King County Public Health for the latest information and recommendations.