During the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Bellevue is doing what it can to help residents protect themselves and businesses survive. City actions, along with key messages from public health officials, are posted here. Our COVID-19 Updates page offers a running tally of the city's response to date. See also:
Proclamation of Emergency
On March 3, 2020, Mayor Lynne Robinson signed a proclamation of emergency that allows the city to act quickly should the outbreak spread to residents here.
Message from the Mayor
All facilities are closed until further notice, unless otherwise noted.
City Hall: Services available via phone and online. Contact Us or call Service First (425-452-6800).
Mini City Hall: Phone numbers and online services
Development Services and permit center: Online permitting and phone numbers, questions and answers regarding construction under Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order
Police and Fire Facilities
Police lobby in City Hall: Call 911 for emergencies. Otherwise, report non-emergency crime online.
Crossroads Police Substation: Until further notice
Factoria Police Substation: Until further notice
Fire Station public access and programs: Until further notice (stations remain open for emergency access and emergency response operations)
Parks Facilities and Community Centers
All playgrounds, sport courts and ballfields: Until further notice - details
Aquatics Center: Through April 30
Bellevue Botanical Garden Aaron Education Center: Through April 30 (garden is still open)
Bellevue Youth Theatre: Through April 30
Crossroads Community Center: Through April 30
Crossroads Par 3 Golf Course: Through April 30
Highland Community Center: Through April 30
Kelsey Creek Farm (programs only, farm is still open): Through April 30
Lake Hills Greenbelt Ranger Station: Through April 30
Lewis Creek Visitor Center: Through April 30
Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center: Through April 30
North Bellevue Community Center: Through April 30
Northwest Arts Center: Through April 30
Robinswood Tennis Center: Through April 30
South Bellevue Community Center: Through April 30
Postponed or Canceled Events
When postponed events are rescheduled, the new dates will be posted here. Parks & Community Services and other departments have canceled many events, including the following:
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
Arbor Day-Earth Day, April 18, Lewis Creek Visitor Center
Kelsey Creek Sheep Shearing, April 25, Kelsey Creek Farm
Welcome to City Hall, May 8, City Hall
All external meetings not subject to the Open Public Meetings Act
- People at higher risk of severe illness (60 and older, underlying health conditions or pregnant) should stay home and away from large groups of people as much as possible, including public places with lots of people and large gatherings where there will be close contact with others.
- Employers should enact measures that allow people who can work from home to do so.
- If organizations can feasibly avoid bringing large groups of people together, consider postponing events and gatherings.
- Avoid visiting hospitals, long-term care facilities or nursing homes. If you need to go, limit your time there and keep six feet away from patients.
- Wash your hands well often, cough into a tissue or your elbow, and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
If you are sick:
- Stay home (details from CDC).
- If you have a cough or fever, call your regular doctor before going to the emergency room.
- April 2: Extension of "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order until May 4, 2020.
- March 23: "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order calls for residents to stay home unless they need to pursue an essential activity, bans gatherings and allows only essential businesses to remain open. Non-essential businesses can operate as long as workers telecommute. The City of Bellevue released a list of questions and answers to help clarify the details of the order for private and public construction projects.
- March 16: Gov. Inslee closes bars, restaurants and entertainment facilities for in-person events or dining. Take-out or delivery only from restaurants as of March 17. Public Health also reduces the large gathering threshold for cancellation to 50 people. Events with less than 50 people are still allowed only if they comply with the Public Health standards for preventing the spread of illness, including access to hand washing, social distancing, and sanitizer for all participants.
- March 12: Gov. Inslee orders 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 child care and meals.
- March 11: Gov. Inslee announces 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.
- March 10: Gov. Inslee announces new rules for visitation standards at long-term care facilities in the state.