City Closures

​​​​​​​​COVID-19 Related Closures​​

Your City of Bellingham government is open for business, even when our physical locations are closed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. As most community members “stay home and stay healthy,” City of Bellingham personnel continue to provide services that are essential to the community.

Bellingham Mayor Seth Fleetwood said City departments remain operational ​allowing essential services to continue uninterrupted. “We are prioritizing vital daily services, such as u​​tilities and public safety services, and those services that position us for recovery, such as planning and building services.”​

City physical facility closures include all sponsored and permitted events, programs and activities, in the following City buildings and facilities:​
  • Bellingham Public Library: All locations of the Bellingham Public Library, including the Central Library, Fairhaven and Barkley branch libraries, and all drop boxes, are closed to the public. Check www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org for regular updates about library services available to the community during this closure.
  • Whatcom Museum: The Whatcom Museum campus, which includes the Lightcatcher building and Family Interactive Gallery, Old City Hall, and the Syre Education Center, are closed to the public. Check the Whatcom Museum COVID-19 response webpage for regular updates.
  • Parks and Recreation: In addition to specific event and facility closures listed below, details about refunds, programming cancellations or postponements can be found here.  Starting Tuesday March 24, playgrounds, sports courts, bike parks, the skate park and the golf course ​are closed due to the Governor's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy"​ order. The following building facilities are closed:
    • Bloedel Donovan Park buildings
    • Arne Hanna Aquatic center
    • Civic Field
    • Joe Martin Field​
    • Woodstock Farm
    • Depot Market Square
    • Park pavilions
    • Public tours of all facilities

Front counters that serve the public are closed in the following departments:

  • Finance Department
  • Fire Department
  • Parks & Recreation Department
  • Permit Center
  • Police Department
  • Public Works Department
  • Municipal Court

All non-essential City-sponsored meetings and events have been cancelled through the end of April.

Cancellations and Postponements

​DateDepartment/EventContactNote
March-April​​
Arts Commission
Shannon Taysi
staysi@cob.org
https://www.cob.org/events​​
​March-April
Bellingham Public Library​


Rebecca Judd
rejudd@cob.org​​​
https://www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org/​​
March-April
City Council

ccmail@cob.org
Regular City Council meetings will still be conducted, however, meetings will be condensed to essential business only.  More information.
March 23​
​City Council
ccmail@cob.org​​Public hearing: Ordinance to reduce single-use plastic waste (postponed)
Public hearing: Relinquishment of easement for the area commonly known as 2620 “G” Street, Bellingham, Washington (postponed)
​March 17
Design Review Board​
Shannon Taysi
staysi@cob.org
https://www.cob.org/gov/public/bc/design-review​​
March 18
April 5​
Fairhaven Parking Task Force​Iris Kaneshige
iskaneshige@cob.org

March-April​
​Immigration Advisory Board
360-778-8100​https://www.cob.org/gov/public/bc/Pages/Immigration-Advisory-Board.aspx​​
​March 25
Lake Whatcom​ Joint Councils meeting
​Monea Kerr
mjkerr@cob.org
March 18
April 18​
Mayor's Neighborhood Advisory Commission​Brooksana Raney​
braney@cob.org
https://www.cob.org/gov/public/bc/neighborhood​
March-April
Municipal Court

Service of Documents
Bellingham Municipal Court
360-778-8150
In lieu of obtaining personal signatures from defendants on promises to appear, no contact orders, pretrial release orders, or other documents where a signature is traditionally required, any person designated by the Court may serve a copy of any court document, pleading or other writing to a defendant by initialing the document in the signature line and delivering the document to the defendant.​
​March-April
​Municipal Court

Waiver of Speedy Trial​
Bellingham Municipal Court
360-778-8150
Defendants may waive the right to speedy trial verbally, telephonically in open court, or electronically and may also indicate a later commencement date, so long as a record of that waiver is preserved, in lieu of a written waiver.​
​March-April
​Municipal Court

Continuance of Infraction Hearings
Bellingham Municipal Court
360-778-8150
Any mitigation or contested infraction hearing may be continued upon verbal, telephonic, written or electronic request of a defendant, defense counsel, or prosecutor who reports they are symptomatic or vulnerable to COVID-19 illness.  Such requests constitute a waiver of the right to a hearing within 120 days.​
​March-April
Municipal Court​

Continuance of Criminal Cases
Bellingham Municipal Court
360-778-8150
Defendants and/or attorneys may request a continuance of a criminal case by notifying the Court verbally, electronically, telephonically, or in writing, on the grounds that they are suffering symptoms of COVID-19, or is vulnerable to COVID-19 due to age, pregnancy or other medical condition.  Such requests will be decided by a judicial officer.​
March-April
Municipal Court

Continuance of Jury Trials
Bellingham Municipal Court
360-778-8150
​All jury trials scheduled to commence before April 30, 2020, shall be continued to a future court date.
March-April​
Municipal Court

Telephonic and Video Hearings
Bellingham Municipal Court
360-778-8150
All hearings, other than trials, may be set for telephonic hearing, video hearing or decision upon written pleadings at the discretion of a judicial officer.​
March-April​
Municipal Court

Electronic Hearings
Bellingham Municipal Court
360-778-8150
Any documents may be filed electronically with the Court, including by fax or email, with appropriate notice to the other party.  The Court may also transmit any document electronically, including by fax or email, to any party.​
​May 1
​Municipal Court

Law Day
​Darlene Peterson
dlpeterson@cob.org

​March-April
Parks and Recreation​
​Darla Smith
dksmith@cob.org
https://www.cob.org/gov/dept/parks/Pages/COVID-19-Changes.aspx
March 19
April 2​
Planning Commission​Heather Aven​
haven@cob.org
https://www.cob.org/gov/public/bc/planning​
March-April
Tourism Commission

Shannon Taysi

staysi@cob.org

https://www.cob.org/events
March-April
Whatcom Museum
Christina Claassen
cmclaassen@cob.org

https://www.whatcommuseum.org/whatcom-museum-covid-19-response-program-cancelations
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