COVID-19 UPDATES

COVID-19 Updates

A Whatcom County public health emergency has been declared to reduce the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The information below details how Port operations and activities have been adjusted to minimize public interaction, increase sanitation, and protect the health of Whatcom County residents. We will continue to update this information as any changes occur.

Bellingham International Airport

https://www.portofbellingham.com/915/COVID-19-Info

Blaine Harbor and Squalicum Harbor

Harbor offices are now open during regular business hours, however customers are requested to wear a face covering and respect minimum social distancing guidelines and maintain a minimum of six feet of separation with Port staff and other customers.  Moorage business can also be conducted by phone or email. If you have questions, please contact the Squalicum Harbor Office at 360-676-2542 or by email at Squalicum@portofbellingham.com, or the Blaine Harbor Office at 360-647-6176 or by email at blaine@portofbellingham.com  Customers can pay marina bills by credit card over the phone or with the Port’s online payment tool at https://www.portofbellingham.com/348/Pay-Your-Bill

Boat Launches

The boat launches will remain open daily, closed dusk-dawn. Standard launch fees apply.

Restrooms/Laundry/Showers

The Port will maintain operation of these facilities at this time.

Commercial Fishing Equipment

Forklifts, cranes, net reels and other commercial fishing resources are available to rent at standard rates.

Bellingham Cruise Terminal

The Bellingham Cruise Terminal is open for limited activity, however customers are requested to wear a face covering and respect minimum social distancing guidelines and maintain a minimum of six feet of separation with Port staff and other customers. 

Alaska Ferry Service

The Alaska Marine Highway System has posted the modified winter ferry schedule through April 2021. Ferries will run every-other Saturday through Dec. 2020 with no service in Jan. 2021.  Weekly ferry service resumes in February 2021, with Cross Gulf routes beginning in March 2021.  For more information on Alaska’s travel requirements related to COVID-19, please visit:  http://dot.alaska.gov/amhs/

Amtrak Passenger Train Service

Amtrak service has been modified/reduced. For information on service adjustments at Fairhaven Station and how Amtrak is maintaining a safe environment, please visit the following link: https://www.amtrak.com/coronavirus

Greyhound Bus Service

Greyhound service has been modified/reduced. For information on service adjustments at Fairhaven Station, please visit the following link: https://www.greyhound.com/en/service-alert

Parks, Trails and Open Space

The Port has re-opened the playground at Zuanich Park with the following guidelines from the Whatcom County Department of Health:

  • All children over age two must wear a mask. 
  • Play equipment is open to five or fewer kids at a time.   
  • Give yourself and others at least six feet of space. 
  • Stay home if you are sick or if anyone in your family is sick.  
  • Please wash your child’s hands before and after play.  
  • Play areas are not regularly sanitized or cleaned.

Tips on using the play area and helping keep this space open:

  • Keep a close eye on your child to ensure that they are following the guidelines. 
  • Stay for a short time (30 minutes or less) to give everyone an opportunity to play.
  • No food or drink on the play equipment to ensure that masks are worn at all times.  
  • Visit the play area during less busy times..  
  • Mornings are less busy than afternoons.
  • Weekdays are less busy than weekends.
  • Remind others of the guidelines and find a different activity if the play area gets too crowded. 

Most Port-managed parks, trails and open spaces remain open, however people who choose to enjoy these amenities should practice social distancing of a minimum six feet at all times to protect themselves and others. A statewide order requires face coverings when you are outdoors in public spaces and cannot maintain six feet of separation from others who do not live with you. 

Marine Life Center

The Marine Life Center is open and free-of-charge with new hours and procedures to minimize public interaction, increase sanitation and protect the health of visitors and staff. 

  • Monday: Walk-in’s are welcome from 10 am-2 pm. One group at a time will check in at the staff table and enter for 30 minutes to visit the Salish Sea critters. The Marine Life Center will then close for 15 minutes for staff to sanitize the facility before re-opening to the next group.
  • Wednesday-Saturday:  The Marine Life Center is open by appointment only from 10 am-1 pm with appointment times available at 10 am, 10:45 am, 11:30 am, 12:15 pm, and 1 pm.  To make an appointment, please email marinelifecenter@portofbellingham.com or call 360-671-2431.

Real Estate

Port Real Estate representatives are ready and available to assist tenants with any questions or concerns.

Meeting and Events

The Port is offering full refunds or the option to reschedule events impacted by COVID-19. Please contact our Meeting and Events team by email at events@portofbellingham.com

Port Commission Meetings

To help avoid large gatherings, participation in Port Commission meetings is being offered using Zoom video conferencing. Information on how to participate remotely is included with each meeting agenda after it is posted on the Port’s website one week before the upcoming meeting.  Video of Port Commission meetings is also live streamed and archived on the Port’s YouTube Channel.  Please contact Carey Jones at 360.715.7386 or by email at careyj@portofbellingham.com if you have any questions about how to attend, watch or participate in Port Commission meetings.

Regional Economic Partnership 

The Regional Economic Partnership (REP) team has been designated by the Whatcom County Unified Command as the lead Economic Impact Team and will be reporting to Operations Section Chief, Rod Topel, during this public health emergency.  

Please note that our department office is closed until further notice and therefore the Economic Impact Team will be working remotely. For general inquiries the team can be contacted at EconDev@portofbellingham.com.

Contact information for specific Economic Impact Team members is as follows:

Don Goldberg
Cell: 541.621.3797
Email: dgoldberg@portofbellingham.com

John Michener
Cell: 360.410.4167
Email: johnmi@portofbellingham.com

Jennifer Noveck
Cell: 360.739.5103
Email: jennifern@portofbellingham.com

Gina Stark
Cell: 360.739.2166
Email: ginas@portofbellingham.com

As the team develops and vets business resources under the authority and approval of Whatcom Unified Command, these resources will be regularly posted and updated to: https://www.portofbellingham.com/922/COVID-19-Economic-Impact-Resources

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Port Administration Office

The Port’s Administration Office is closed until further notice. Port staff can be reached by phone at 360.676.2500.  If you are looking to reach a specific staff member, please visit our staff directory at https://www.portofbellingham.com/Directory.aspx and staff will respond based on availability.

Public Health Resources

Please check the following resources for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19: