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 resumed weekly service to Southeast Alaska with every-other week service to Whittier running throughout the summer. For information on Alaska’s travel requirements to keep crew and passengers safe, 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

To follow COVID-19 social distancing guidelines established by Public Health, the Port has closed the playground at Zuanich Park, workout stations along the Squalicum Promenade, and the picnic shelter at Marine Park..  Within these active recreation areas it could be difficult to maintain social distancing guidelines of a minimum six feet at all times.  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 closed until further notice.  We are busy taking care of the creatures until it is safe to re-open the doors to the community.

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: