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City of Bakersfield declares local emergency

Posted at 11:26 PM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 15:09:48-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Bakersfield City Manager Christian Clegg issued a declaration of local emergency for the city on Thursday in response to COVID-19 effective immediately.

The declaration must next be ratified by the City Council, which is expected to vote on it at the March 25 meeting.

As a result of the emergency declaration, the City will limit staffing to those who provide essential services only. City buildings housing essential services will remain open at this time, although some services may not be available on-site.

This declaration will not effect essential services such as police and fire department.

Check here for more information.

Services with no impacts include:

• The March 25 City Council Meeting is planned to take place as originally scheduled with an abbreviated agenda.
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 city_clerk@bakersfieldcity.us.
• Police response
• Fire response
• Water
• Wastewater
• Solid Waste
• Streets
• Rapid Response Teams
• Fleet support to health and safety services
• Technology support to health and safety services

The declaration can be viewed below.

Declaration of Local Emergency by Ashley Valenzuela on Scribd