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City buildings again are closed to public

Following guidelines put forth by the county and the Kern County Health Department, Shafter has closed its city buildings until the governor announces that the restrictions have been eased.

Two weeks ago, Governor Newsom announced that certain counties would be put back on the watch list and would have to close all non-essential businesses that operate indoors. Businesses with outdoor service options are still able to serve the public. This includes restaurants with outdoor seating.

Although the buildings are closed to the public, the different city services are still operating. However, service will be by appointment only and those needing to complete business with a visit to City Hall will be waited on through a window behind the building in the alleyway.,

Also affected by the new closures is the Shafter Animal Control Department and building. They are once again closed to the public and have suspended all adoption services until further notice.

They will be handing pet licensing and other animal control matters by appointment only. Field service operations will continue. Animal control will still respond to calls of stray animals and other calls for assistance, and will be patrolling the city streets as normal.

Citizens can pay their utility bills online if they don't wish to make an appointment. Shafter's Building Department is still operational by appointment only. It is considered an essential service with building inspections and permits.

The city's transit service has also suspended its services, with the Dial-a-Ride buses parked until further notice. If you have questions about the city's services and operations you can call the city at 661-746-5001.


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