Out of an abundance of caution and following California Governor Gavin Newsom’s Executive Order (N-25-20) issued today, the City of Bakersfield will postpone or cancel nonessential events and gatherings hosted by the City through the end of March in order to reduce the possible spread of COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus.
The City of Bakersfield is working closely with the Kern County Department of Public Health, the Office of Governor Newsom and the Centers for Disease Control, with regards to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis.
Public health is a primary concern for the City of Bakersfield. While there have been no cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Bakersfield, the City is taking steps to limit the possible spread of the virus.
“I encourage Bakersfield residents to be proactive in protecting our community’s health,” said Mayor Karen Goh. “Together we can make our community safer by observing the guidelines from the California Department of Public Health. Last night at our City Council meeting, I proclaimed Bakersfield to be a ‘handshake-free city.’ Join me in refraining from shaking hands as one proactive practice to safeguard the health of our families.”
Precautionary steps the City of Bakersfield is taking include:
o In-person public comments will still be accepted at the meeting, however, the public is encouraged to submit public comments for that meeting via the City Clerk’s Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
o Application fees may be refunded, or the event may be rescheduled to a later date.
o Attendees or participants should contact respective event organizers to find out potential impact.
It is important to note that essential services provided by the City, including the Bakersfield Police and Fire Departments, will NOT be affected by these precautionary measures and will continue functioning as normal.
However, the lobby counter services at the Police Department Headquarters and the Westside Substation will be closed until further notice. All nonessential Police Department events, programs and activities through March 31 have been postponed. Please refer related inquiries to the Bakersfield Police Department.
Operations at City Hall North – including Human Resources and Finance – as well as Development Services and Public Works will also continue as normal. Trash services will also not be impacted and will function as normal.
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