• COVID-19

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    During the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Bellevue is doing what it can to help residents protect themselves and businesses survive. Facility closures, key messages from public health officials and government orders are posted here. Our COVID-19 Updates page offers a running tally of the city's response to date. See also:

    1. COVID-19 Business Resources
    2. COVID-19 Community Resources

    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

    Facility Closures

    All of the following facilities are closed to the public until further notice. 

    City Hall facilities

    City Hall: Services available via phone and onlineContact 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 

    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

    Some parks facilities have reopened. See the list under "Open Facilities."

    Bellevue Botanical Garden Aaron Education Center
    Bellevue Youth Theatre
    Crossroads Community Center
    Highland Community Center
    Kelsey Creek Farm (programs only, farm is still open)
    Lake Hills Greenbelt Ranger Station
    Lewis Creek Visitor Center
    Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center
    North Bellevue Community Center
    Northwest Arts Center
    South Bellevue Community Center

    Reopened Facilities

    Healthy Streets

    For the Healthy Streets program, residential streets are temporarily closed to non-local vehicle traffic to provide more room for people in the neighborhoods to safely move while socially distancing.

    • Southeast Fourth Street: from Lake Hills Greenbelt to 164th Avenue Southeast
    • 165th/166th avenues: from Southeast 14th Street to Northup Way
    • Northeast Fifth Street/98th Avenue Northeast/Northeast First Street: from Northeast Eighth Street to 100th Avenue Northeast
    • 121st/122nd/123rd avenues Southeast: from Southeast 46th Place to Southeast 56th Street 

    Postponed or Canceled Events

    Most, if not all, city spring and summer events and meetings have been canceled. Parks & Community Services has canceled major events through August and canceled most summer day camps. The City Council is holding virtual meetings.

    Health Recommendations

    • As of June 26, people are legally required to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces, as well as outside public spaces where it is difficult to physically distance from others, under a state mandate. The city distributed 40,000 masks supplied by the county to residents in July. The city has no more, but the county is still distributing some through community groups and holding occasional popup events.  
    • Even before Gov. Inslee's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order took effect March 23, public health officials recommended 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.
    • When out in public, people should stay at least six feet apart to avoid spreading the COVID-19 virus.
    • Wash your hands well often, cough into a tissue or your elbow, and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

    If you are sick:

    If you have one or more of the following symptoms, you may have COVID-19: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea. 

    Stay home (details about treatment). Public health officials say those with a mild case of COVID-19 appear to recover in one to two weeks. For severe cases, recovery may take six weeks or more.

    Get Tested
    To prevent spread of the virus, Public Health - Seattle & King County recommends that anyone with even mild COVID-19-like symptoms or who's had close contact with someone who has COVID-19 isolate themselves and arrange to be tested right away.  If you have a cough, shortness of breath or two or more of the following other symptoms (fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smells), you should be evaluated for a test. 

    If you have a regular doctor or other health care provider, call them about your symptoms. If you do not have a health care provider, call the King County COVID-19 call center (206-477-3977) between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.  Public Health has more details about testing.

    State and County Orders

    • June 23: Gov. Inslee issued a mandate legally requiring people to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces and outdoor ones when social distancing is difficult. 
    • June 19: King County announced it has been approved to move to Phase 2 of Washington's Safe Start plan. Summary details of what is allowed in each phase is at the state's coronavirus.wa.gov website. 
    • June 5: King County launched a modified Phase 1 (or "1.5")  that allowed for partial reopening of some businesses and activities. Details at Safe Start King County
    • May 31: Gov. Jay Inslee announced the Stay Home, Stay Healthy would expire May 31 and be replaced with the Safe Start Proclamation, guided by Washington's phased approach to opening.
    • May 1: Extension of "Stay Home" order until May 31, with plan to resume Washington's economy and social life over four phases. In the first phase, which started May 5, some businesses (including retail stores able to offer curbside pickup, car sales and car washes) reopen. 
    • April 2: Extension of "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order until May 4.
    • 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.