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Press Release 03202020-04 - CITY OF TULARE – COVID-19 CITY SERVICES UPDATE

PRESS RELEASE March 20, 2020

Post Date:03/20/2020 9:33 AM


411 E. Kern Avenue                                                                       
Tulare, CA  93274

March 20, 2020

For More Information Contact:     

Josh McDonnell
Deputy City Manager


As we continue to monitor the effects of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the safety of Tulare’s residents, staff and visitors remains our highest priority.  The city remains fully committed to continuing to provide essential services.  In light of Governor Newsom’s stay home executive order, the City of Tulare offers the following information for our citizens.  The following is a comprehensive list of how city departments will be providing services during the next few weeks.

Police Department
The Police Department continues to respond to calls for service as usual.  However, in the interest of protecting our civilian employees the Police Department lobby will remain open but a civilian employee will not be available at the lobby window. Those requiring police assistance can enter the lobby and pick up the phone next to the lobby window, which will then connect to the City’s Dispatch Center. The dispatcher will ask a few questions to determine your needs. The Records department is also available via telephone at (559)684-4238 to either make an appointment or obtain information regarding: vehicle releases, registrations, obtaining copies of reports. Fingerprinting (Live-Scan) services and ride-along programs are currently suspended.

If you call for an officer to respond to your location, please meet him or her outside. We have asked our officers to do their best to avoid entering buildings or structures whenever possible. Obviously, if it is a life or death emergency, our officers will do whatever is needed.

We are emphasizing and encouraging our citizens to take advantage of the City’s online crime reporting system. It is fast and easy and meant for “cold crimes” that are not in progress. All reports submitted on line are reviewed within 24 hours by a Patrol Lieutenant and assigned to an officer for follow up. You can review the criteria and submit your report by clicking on this link:

Fire Department

The Fire Department continues to respond to all calls for service as usual.  However, in an effort to protect employees and the community, the following activities are cancelled:

  • Station tours and Engine displays
  • Public education presentations
  • Fire training center

The lobby at Fire Station 61 will remain open during the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm.  However, visitors will not be able to proceed beyond the lobby.  Non-emergency Fire Department-related questions can be directed 24-hours a day to (559) 687-3307.

Recreation & Parks

The City’s Parks and Recreation programs are undergoing continuous evaluation.  Residents are encouraged to visit the Community Services Department’s Facebook page and the City’s website for updates on the status of programs.  To date, the following programs and events have been cancelled or postponed: 

  • Tumbling (partial refund will be available) Spring Camp and Super Sitters will receive a full refund.
  • Spring Carnival is canceled
  • Elk’s Sports Camp - Postponed
  • Arbor Day - Postponed
  • BEST Club - Postponed until April 14th
  • Spring Softball - Postponed until April 13th
  • Senior Softball - Postponed until April 13th

    Pre-Sports PLUS, Pre-Sports, Little Dancers, and Little Sluggers are expected to continue as scheduled.

Senior Center

  • The Senior Center will be closed for all functions beginning Friday March 20th. Meals will be available for delivery or take-out.  However, reservations for meals are required by 12:30 pm the day before delivery. The following activities have been postponed:

  • All trips, Bingo, and Friday night dances - Postponed until May 1st.

Tulare Public Library

The Tulare Public Library is closed until Tuesday, April 14th. Although many programs will be rescheduled, there are options for interaction during this time. Virtual story times, crafts, and special activities will be posted on the website and social media. All of the online and electronic resources, are available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via and through our app. The US State Department advises that passport services may be delayed, and expedited service will not available.

Public Works

Water service, sewer service, and solid waste collection continues as usual. Please continue to place your trash cans at the curb on your designated pick up days. Public works asks that the following items not be flushed as they will damage or clog the sewer system:

  • Baby Wipes
  • Paper towels / Napkins / Rags


All routes continue as usual.  However, in order to abide by recommended social distancing standards every other seat will remain vacant.

City Hall

City Hall remains open for all regular business.

This continues to be a developing situation.  Please refer to the City’s website for the most up to date information:

The City of Tulare would like to remind everyone that the best way to stay healthy is to follow CDC recommendations: wash your hands often, avoid close contact or being in large groups, cover your coughs and sneezes, stay home, and clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces. For more information visit the CDC website at:

Any person seeking non-emergency information can call (559) 684-4200 please listen to the City directory and choose the best option.


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