1. Heading into Phase 3

Effective March 22, all of Washington state will enter Phase 3.

Under the updated plan, counties will be individually evaluated every three weeks. The evaluations will occur on Mondays with any possible changes taking effect Friday, with the first evaluation scheduled for April 12. Large and small counties will be evaluated by different metrics:

Reopening Metrics

Restriction changes in Phase 3 include:

  • In-person spectators allowed at sporting events, up to 25% of capacity. Social distancing and face coverings are still required.
  • Indoor spaces allowed up to 50% of capacity or 400 people, whichever is lower. This includes restaurants, gyms, fitness centers, and movie theaters.

Starting Wednesday, March 17, everyone in Phase 1B, Tier 2 will be eligible for their COVID vaccine. This includes workers in agriculture, food processing, grocery stores, public transit, firefighters, and law enforcement, among others. Phase 1B, Tier 2 also includes people over the age of 16 who are pregnant or have a disability that puts them at high-risk.

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Fred Rivera

2. Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Spring Training Report
with Fred Rivera, Mariners Executive Vice President & General Counsel
Thursday, March 18, 2021 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Go behind the scenes of Mariner's spring training with Fred Rivera, Executive Vice President and General Counsel. Find out the players to watch this summer and what you'll need to know to once again "take me out to the ballgame" in what hopes to be the waning months of the pandemic.

Join us virtually every month through August as regional leaders share insights on a variety of critical topics. Each program will provide an opportunity to engage and collaborate with business leaders during the breakout sessions.

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3. A Foot in the Door

7 Steps to Creating an Internship Program in Your Business
March 23 | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

The key to successfully setting up an internship is simple: Have a plan. The staff from Bellevue College will provide you a step-by-step guide on how you can successfully set up an internship program and recruit interns from Bellevue College in your business. Internship is a great way to create a diverse pipeline of talent for your business. 

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4. In the Classroom

Governor Inslee has announced all students in Washington state are to return to some form of in-person learning. School districts are to open for hybrid learning at least two days a week by April 5 for K-6 and by April 19 for all grades.

The Bellevue School District is currently in Stage 3 of the plan to bring students back to campus. Schools are equipped with check-in kiosks, health screenings, PPE for all staff, and classroom configurations that allow for six feet of physical distancing. More than 600 BSD staff members have received the vaccine and the district is continuing to partner with pharmaceutical providers to offer vaccinations for all district employees.

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Annual Gala

5. Celebrate & Inspire Bellevue

Bellevue Chamber's Annual Gala
Thursday, April 1, 2021 | 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Pre-Event Experiences Begin at 3:30 pm

The past year has been filled with challenges and hardships for many businesses and individuals, but it has also exposed the strength and heart of the Eastside community. At this year’s Virtual Annual Gala, we will be taking a look back at the last year and get ready for the year ahead as we Celebrate and Inspire Bellevue.

Our KeyBank Community Spotlight will highlight nine individuals and organizations that made an outstanding impact on our community through the challenges of Covid-19. Alicia Boler Davis, Amazon’s Vice President of Global Customer Fulfillment, joins us for a conversation about Amazon’s response to the pandemic and their growth plans for Bellevue.

Join us early for a culinary and cocktail experience, stay tuned for information regarding the Annual Gala Auction, and get ready to be competitive in the trivia breakout.

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+1 Legislative Update

The Bellevue Chamber's lobbyist in Olympia, Lyset Cadena, provides a weekly report covering priority areas such as Covid recovery, transportation, and housing, as well as bill statuses. 

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We have six legislator meetings scheduled for Wednesday morning. Click below to join this free event and select the legislators you'd like to meet with.

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