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City Extends Precautionary COVID-19 Measures to May 1

Changes will affect April 8 City Council meeting

The City of Bakersfield has extended the timeline for temporary precautionary measures put in place to help limit the potential spread of COVID-19 (also known as novel coronavirus) through Friday, May 1.

The City will also take additional steps for the April 8 City Council Meetings, which are planned to take place as originally scheduled. However, the following measures will be implemented for those meeting:

  • The 3:30 p.m. meeting will NOT be open to the public; however, the meeting will be broadcast live and public comments can be submitted in advance
  • The 5:15 p.m. meeting will have limited public access and will have an abbreviated agenda;
  • Public comments will be accepted for items on the agenda for both meetings; the public is encouraged to participate in one of two ways, outlined below:
    • Public comment may be submitted by email via the City Clerk’s Office at by 1 p.m. the day of the meeting; or
    • By leaving a voicemail comment by calling 661-326-3100. Voicemail messages must be three (3) minutes or shorter. Messages must be received by 4 p.m. the Tuesday before the meeting.
  • Additional guidelines for public participation in the meetings are provided in a supplemental Special Notice (PDF linked below).

Members of the public may view both meetings live online at

The City of Bakersfield continues working closely with the Kern County Department of Public Health, the Office of Governor Newsom and the Centers for Disease Control, to remain up-to-date on the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis.

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.

Operations at City Hall North continue in support of essential services. However, some offices are closed and only conducting business by phone or online. Development Services also continues with modified operations in support of health, safety and support to critical infrastructure industries. Critical Public Works infrastructure services – including sewer, streets and trash – will also continue as normal. Water service will also continue as normal. Trash pickup will not be affected by the changes.

Residents can find out when their trash/recycling pickup is scheduled for their neighborhood by following this link.

We thank the public for its understanding during these extraordinary circumstances.

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