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 of the following facilities are closed to the public until further notice.
City Hall facilities
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
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
The Bellevue Golf Course reopened on May 5. The Crossroads Par 3 Golf Course reopens May 9.
All playgrounds, sport courts (including tennis courts) and ballfields: details
Bellevue Aquatic Center
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
Robinswood Tennis Center
South Bellevue Community Center
Details at Healthy Streets
Southeast Fourth Street: no through traffic allowed from Lake Hills Greenbelt to 164th Avenue Southeast (0.75 mile)
165th/166th avenues Northeast: no through traffic from Northeast Fourth Street to Northup Way (0.75 mile)
Postponed or Canceled Events
Most, if not all city spring events and meetings have been canceled. Parks & Community Services is evaluating whether to proceed with summer day camps. The City Council is holding virtual meetings.
- As of May 18, people are expected to wear face coverings in all indoor public places including grocery stores and other businesses, as well as outside settings where maintaining six feet of distance from others is difficult, per a Public Health - Seattle & King directive.
- 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.
- If you are concerned about people gathering somewhere in Bellevue without regard for social distancing, you can report it through the MyBellevue app. Use the "Report Gatherings" category. Please do not call 911.
- People are not required to wear face masks, but health officials recommend everyone wear face coverings in public.
- 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).
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.
- 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.