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Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism has reformatted our Tourism Talk e-news to provide ongoing information. We have also added 
tourism industry  resources  to Bellingham.org for access at anytime. 
We are here to help all our members navigate these uncertain times. 
U.S. Travel Association Updates

The U.S. Travel Association has submitted to the White House and to the governors of every state a document of health and safety guidance recommendations developed with collaboration with health and medical professionals, and with organizations throughout the broader travel industry: hotels/resorts, airports, airlines, attractions, restaurants, rental cars, meeting venues, event producers, travel advisors and others. 

The guidance focuses on six key areas, with suggested approaches outlined under each. Read the full guidance here
  • Travel businesses should adapt operations, modify employee practices and/or redesign public spaces to help protect employees and customers.
  • Travel businesses should consider implementing touchless solutions, where practical, to limit the opportunity for virus transmission while also enabling a positive travel experience.
  • Travel businesses should adopt and implement enhanced sanitation procedures specifically designed to combat the transmission of COVID-19.
  • Travel businesses should promote health screening measures for employees and isolate workers with possible COVID-19 symptoms and provide health resources to customers.
  • Travel businesses should establish a set of procedures aligned with CDC guidance should an employee test positive for COVID-19.
  • Travel businesses should follow best practices in food and beverage service to protect the health of employees and customers.
Washington State Updates

Washington State's 'Safe Start" recovery plan is a 4 phase approach, which has been outlined by Governor Inslee and can be viewed here. Phase 1 began on May 5. Washington's current "Stay Home" order has been extended to May 31. Only essential travel and limited non-essential travel for Phase 1 activities is allowed. Each phase will last a minimum of three weeks. 

Local Whatcom County Updates

Premier Golf Centers LLC received approval from the City of Bellingham  to re-open golf operations after Governor Inslee announced the lifting of some restrictions pertaining to outdoor recreation. The Lake Padden Golf Course  was closed for 6 weeks. Premier staff who manage the course adopted a strict set of COVID-19 protocols designed to ensure the health and safety of golfers and to maintain proper social distancing. Effective  May 5, Bellingham's  Lake Padden Course is open with tee times starting at 8:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m. daily.

The Regional Economic Partnership (REP) at the Port of Bellingham has released a report detailing the results of a general survey on the economic impacts of COVID-19 on Whatcom County businesses. The survey was developed by the REP in coordination with Whatcom Unified Command, the Bellingham Regional Chamber of Commerce and Western Washington University's Small Business Development Center.

The economic impact survey received 756 unique responses from local businesses with 48% reporting closures due to COVID-19. Industry sectors reporting the highest number of closures were services, construction, retail, restaurants and bars, recreation, marine and manufacturing.  53% of survey respondents reported laying off workers due to COVID-19, and an additional 26% of businesses are considering layoffs in the near to medium term if the situation does not change.  

Whatcom Community College's  second annual STEM Carnival will be presented online May 11-15, 2020 . Families, children, teens, and adults are invited to explore science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) from home through free interactive activities led by WCC faculty and students. A live event is planned for 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 14.
Local Scenes of Inspiration

Bellingham photographer Brandon Sawaya and videographer Aaron Straight of Soulcraft Allstars have teamed up to develop a micro-story telling site called 'Made In Quarantine' to feature people in Bellingham, Whatcom and Skagit who are doing good in our community right now. They released their first 2 episodes of inspiration and will release 2 each week of May. Watch the trailer below and click here to view the website. 


Mother's Day is Sunday, May 10, 2020. It's sneaking up on us quickly! And with Washington State's Stay Home order still in affect, celebrating may take more creativity than usual. 

Out of the Whirl Makes 1 cocktail
1 1/2 ounces citrus-infused gin*
1/2 ounce Giffard passion fruit liqueur
1/2 ounce house-made grapefruit cordial**
1/2 ounce lemon juice
1 dash Angostura bitters
1 egg white
Put all ingredients in a shaker, add ice and shake. Strain into a coupe and enjoy.

As Washington State reopened some outdoor recreation on May 5, it is important to understand how to safely utilize our city, county and state lands at this time. Bellingham is home to 3,400 acres of parklands and 80 miles of trails, all of which remain open during Washington's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order. Trails operated by Whatcom County Parks Department have also remained open.

Although it is still very important to follow the Governor's orders to Stay Home, we are inspiring happy thoughts of scenic Bellingham and Whatcom County locations with our "BE A Dreamer" bracket throughout the month of May. View images of all the contending locations on our website and follow Bellingham Experience on Facebook and Instagram to vote on your favorites! 

Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism has created a series of local Zoom Backgrounds for the public to download and utilize. Wow them on your next Zoom call!   Click here for images and instructions.

Modified Events  Calendar
May 9

Time:  6:00 pm
May 8

Time:  All Day
May 9, 16, 23 & 30 (Saturdays)

Time:  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
May 11, 18 & 25

Time:  8:00 am - Noon
May 14-17

Time:  All Day
May 15

Time:  7:00 pm - 10:15 pm
May 15

Time:  9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Photo Contest

May & June 2020
Our region is full of beauty! Send us your scenic photos from all around the county and enter them in our latest contest for a chance at a prize! Yes, members can enter. Members can also donate prizes. Enter here.

Questions? We are happy to answer them for you.
Give us a call at 360-671-3990,  email us or visit our website at  bellingham.org .
Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism
904 Potter Street, Bellingham, WA 98229