News & Updates
- Greater Seattle Partners is looking for feedback from business owners, nonprofits, and independent workers through their second COVID-19 Economic Impact Survey. Your updates will help inform the latest data for recovery - open now through May 21. Take Survey
- King County issued a new directive for residents to wear cloth face coverings in certain settings, inlcuding on public transit and in most public indoor spaces. More Information
- Governor Inslee signed a new COVID-19 order for a phased re-opening of Washington's economy. More Information
- Governor Inslee announced the extension of the "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order until May 31. More Information
- The US Small Business Administration will resume accepting Paycheck Protection Program applications from participating lenders on Monday, April 27, 2020 at 7:30am PST. More Information.
- Governor Inslee outlined potential plans for a tiered lifting of restrictions and return to business amid the COVID-19 outbreak. More Information
- Facebook is offering $100 million in cash grants and Facebook ad credits for small and medium sized businesses and organizations. More Information
- Governor Inslee expanded the State's eviction moratorium and added protections for both residential and some commercial tenants: More Information
- Governor Inslee announced an agreement with Oregon and California on a shared vision for reopening each state's economy and controlling the spread of COVID-19: More Information
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue (BGCB) is responding to the critical needs of the community during the COVID-19 pandemic by extending hours at its largest, most-well equipped sites to provide childcare and up to three meals per day for essential workers and vulnerable children. Find out more information on their website: More Information
- Governor Inslee announced that the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order has been extended an additional four weeks, until May 4, 2020: More Information
- To maintain social distancing that limits the spread of the COVID-19, the City of Bellevue is keeping City Hall closed to the public until further notice. The city shifted to online delivery for most city services on March 17: More Information
- 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: More Information
Governor Jay Inslee released additional guidance impacting the construction industry, stating: “In general, commercial and residential construction is not authorized under the proclamation because construction is not considered to be an essential activity: More Information
- 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: More Information
- 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: More Information
- 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: More Information
- 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: More Information
- 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: More Information
- The Bellevue Transportation Department Thursday implemented temporary parking measures designed to help restaurants and their customers during the business closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. New signs placed in front of dining establishments allow customers to park for three minutes while they pick up orders to go: More Information
- King County Metro plans to temporarily reduce transit service–including how often buses run and when they operate—starting Monday, March 23. Some bus routes will not operate and nearly all routes will see individual trip cancelations:More Information
- Greater Seattle Partners is conducting an Economic Impact Survey - if you're a business owner, freelancer, gig worker, performer etc., this survey provides the opportunity for you to reach out for help and get “back to business” as quickly as possible: More Information
- The US Small Business Administration announced that many small businesses are now eligible to apply for low interest SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans to offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Check the SBA website for the most updated information: More Information
- Amazon's $5 million Neighborhood Small Business Relief Fund to provide cash grants to Seattle-area small businesses is now live: More Information
- Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced new restrictions on restaurants, bars and other establishments in response to the spread of COVID-19, including a prohibition on gatherings over 50 people. Businesses may keep operating and services and dining options are still available:
- Grocery stores and pharmacies will stay open
- Restaurants may continue take-out and delivery service
- Retail outlets can stay open with reduced occupancy
- Read the Governor’s statement for full details: More Information
- 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 canceled. 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 canceled 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.