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

The Port is requesting moorage business be conducted by phone or email. If you have any 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 

The Port is not accepting cash payments at harbor offices until further notice. 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

Alaska Ferry Service

The next scheduled departure from the Bellingham Cruise Terminal is Saturday, April 18. For information on potential service adjustments and how the Alaska Marine Highway System is keeping travelers and employers safe, please visit the following link: http://dot.alaska.gov/amhs/

Fairhaven Station

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 Bellingham’s downtown waterfront bike park, the playground at Zuanich Park, workout stations along the Squalicum Promenade, the picnic shelter at Marine Park, and Jorgensen Pier in Blaine.  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.

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

For a schedule of Port Commission meetings, please visit the following link: https://www.portofbellingham.com/calendar.aspx?CID=14, To help avoid large gatherings, the public is encouraged to participate in upcoming meetings remotely in one of three ways:

  1. Conference Dial In Phone Number: 1-669-900-9128, you will be prompted to enter a meeting ID #733-788-669 (please mute your phone, unmute if called on for public comment)
  2. Zoom.com Webpage:  App Meeting ID #733-788-669 (please mute your mic)
  3. Port of Bellingham YouTube Channel: youtube.com/user/PortBellingham (All Port Commission meetings are live streamed on YouTube. However, public comment is not available using this option)

If you would like to participate in public comment, please use the Zoom.com webpage or Conference Dial In option. We will ask for anyone interested in public comment to identify themselves, then a Port employee will call on you when it’s your turn to comment. You can also email questions or comments in advance to careyj@portofbellingham.com and they will be read during the public comment section of the meeting.  Feel free to contact Carey Jones at 360.715.7386 or by email at careyj@portofbellingham.com if you have any questions.

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: