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City Modifies and Cancels Upcoming Meetings, Events

The City of Bakersfield is modifying, canceling or postponing some upcoming events in our continued efforts to help limit the potential spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), while we make plans to accommodate future meetings and events within the criteria established by the State for easing stay-at-home guidelines.

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.

The City will be prepared to respond to changes in the stay-at-home order and will provide up to date information to the community as appropriate. The City has already begun to phase back the limited number of employees that have been on leave and will provide updates on changes to City operations. The City is also working closely with the County to plan for reopening the economy as appropriate. 

We are also continuing to provide updates for the public on our special COVID-19 webpage, which can be found here.

Limited precautionary measures will be in place for the May 6 City Council Meetings, which are planned to take place as scheduled. The following measures will be implemented for those meetings:

  • The 3:30 p.m. meeting will be held at 4:30 p.m. and 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 city_clerk@bakersfieldcity.us 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 https://bakersfield.novusagenda.com/AgendaPublic/.

Other events and meetings will continue under similar parameters or will remain postponed until further notice.

The following upcoming events are also canceled or postponed until further notice:

  • The First Saturday Cleanup hosted by Keep Bakersfield Beautiful and scheduled for Saturday, May 2, has been canceled.
  • The Fun Run planned for Sunday, May 3, at the Park at Riverwalk has been canceled.
  • The low-cost monthly pet vaccination clinic held by the Bakersfield Animal Care Center planned for Saturday, May 9, has also been postponed until further notice.
  • The Mother’s Day Run planned for Sunday, May 10, at the Park at Riverwalk has been canceled.

It is important to note that essential services provided by the City, including the Bakersfield Police and Fire Departments, have 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 their understanding during these unprecedented circumstances, as well as their efforts to continue social distancing and follow the guidelines from the KCDPH.

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