Read BIMA's health and safety policy including requirements for masks and vaccination proof here.

COVID-19 Health & Safety Policies

Mask Policy

In accordance with the Kitsap Public Health District and Washington State Department of Health, masks are required to be worn by all visitors, staff members, and volunteers 5 years of age and older regardless of vaccination status while inside all public spaces within the Museum. Masks may only be removed while actively drinking or eating.


Vaccination Policy for Bistro, Auditorium, & Classroom

BIMA requires proof of full COVID-19 vaccination for all guests 12 years of age and older who will be eating or drinking indoors. Proof of vaccination is also required for entry to events occurring within the Frank Buxton Auditorium and the BIMA classroom. All guests 5 years of age and older must wear masks at all times when inside the Museum (see mask policy above).

“Fully vaccinated” means the event date must be at least fourteen days after the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or at least fourteen days after a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine.

Documentation of vaccination status must be shown to the BIMA representative upon food purchase at the Bistro, entry to an event within the Frank Buxton Auditorium or BIMA classroom, and must be available upon request at any time during the event.

The following are acceptable as proof of vaccination:

  • Physical vaccination card OR
  • Photo of vaccination card as a separate paper document OR
  • Photo of vaccination card stored on phone or other electronic device OR
  • Copy of your immunization records from a state health department-approved site

Vaccination proof should include name of vaccinated person matching patron, type of vaccine, and date of last vaccine administered. Matching valid ID is required.

Find a vaccination site near you.


Additional Information

By not complying with these requirements, BIMA reserves the right to refuse admittance to the Museum or event spaces.

These policies are subject to change. BIMA is closely monitoring recommendations and guidance from Kitsap Public Health District, Washington State Department of Health, and the CDC, and will continue to update health and safety policies as needed.

We recommend visiting our website prior to your event for the most up-to-date policies.