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Bakersfield announces closure of all city playground areas

Sears Park, Bakersfield
Posted at 3:53 PM, Mar 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-30 18:53:52-04

On Monday, Bakersfield announced that it will be temporarily closing all playground areas and equipment at city run parks and facilities in order to limit the potential exposure and spread of COVID-19.

In a statement, the city said "This decision was made by the City’s Recreation and Parks Department after considering recommendations from local, state and federal guidelines on social distancing and sanitizing surface as well as guidance from the National Recreation and Park Association. The City’s Recreation and Parks Department will be posting signage around playground and exercise equipment as well as wrapping the equipment and areas with caution tape."

City parks will remain open during this time, but the city urges residents to heed the governor's stay-at-home order.

The also ask that residents remember to follow the Kern County Public Health Services recommendations:

  • Avoid gatherings of 10 or more people
  • Maintain at least six feet of distance from others;
  • Frequently wash your hands for at 20 seconds and/or use hand sanitizers;
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, mouth and nose
Coronavirus Testing Sites - Kern County

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State-Provided Sites
  • Must have an appointment
  • Free, but if have insurance they will bill
  • No screening criteria

Kern County Fairgrounds
1142 South P Street, Building 4, Access Gate 27

Rosamond Library
3611 Rosamond Blvd, Rosamond CA 93560

Arvin Public Health
204 S Hill Street, Arvin

Wasco Library
1102 7th Street




County-Provided Sites
  • Must have an appointment
  • Free
  • No screening criteria
  • Operating with existing provider

Oildale - Good Samaritan Hospital
901 Olive Drive, Bakersfield
  • For Registration call (661) 215-7725
  • Drive-Thru Only
  • Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am - 8 pm, Saturday 8 am - 12 pm

Ridgecrest - Ridgecrest Regional Hospital
1081 N. China Lake Blvd, Ridgecrest
  • For Registration: Text the word "testing" to 833-774-4968 Or Call 866-774-9984
  • Drive-Thru Only
  • Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 10:30 am

Delano - Delano Regional Medical Center
1401 Garces Hwy, Delano
  • No Drive-Thru option
  • Hours: Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm

Kern River Valley - Kern Valley Hospital
6412 Laurel Ave, Mt Mesa Wheelchair Logo
  • For Registration call (760) 379-2681 ext 267
  • Drive-Thru Only
  • Hours: Wednesday - Thursday from 7 am - 2 pm.
Tehachapi - Adventist Health Tehachapi Valley
1100 Magellan Dr 93561

Lamont - Kern County Library
8304 Segrue Road, Lamont, CA 93241
  • For registration call 661-869-6018
  • Drive-Thru and Walk-Up<
  • Testing available for ages 5+ only; parents must be present and give consent for children
  • Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 9 am - 2 pm; Tuesday, Thursday 2 pm - 7 pm

Taft - West Side Health Care District
  • For Registration call (661) 765-1935
  • Drive-Thru<
  • TTesting available for all ages; parents must be present and give consent for children
  • Hours: Tuesday – Friday 9 am – 1 pm & 3 pm – 7 pm; Saturday 11 am – 3 pm