City of Bishop, California

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Covid-19

Operational changes are as follows:

City Hall & Other City Facilities
  • City Hall will be closed to the public except by appointment. People are encouraged to contact City Hall by phone or email and the city will make reasonable resources available to conduct essential city business remotely.
  • Essential City services will continue, but in-person services at City Hall will be very limited until further notice.
  • City Hall will transition primarily to online services; residents and businesses are encouraged to use online public services as much as possible.
  • In addition to online services, the City will accommodate the lack of in-person services by staffing phone lines.
Parks
  • Parks and Recreation programs are running in accordance to the Inyo County Public Health advisement. Not all programs are currently available.
  • City of Bishop Adult sports are suspended, organized outdoor youth sports are running in accordance to the Inyo County Public Health advisement.
  • City Park and trails, including public restrooms, will remain accessible to the public and their maintenance and upkeep will continue subject to closure or modification if deemed necessary. Public restroom sanitizing has been increased to twice a day and will be increased further if appropriate.
  • Reservations for parties, family gatherings and meetings are NOT being taken at this time in order to stay in compliance with current regulations.
  • The City park pool remains open for limited use under regulations set by the Inyo County Public Health office.
  • Playgrounds and outdoor fitness equipment will remain closed until otherwise allowed by the Governor’s order.
  • The Community Services/Parks and Recreation Department staff continue to monitor the most up to date COVID19 information very closely and will continue to maintain buildings and run programs as allowed.
  • Any questions in relation to any of this information can be done via email to recreation@cityofbishop.com.
City Services
  • All services ordinarily requiring in-person visits or public service counter assistance (including licensing and building permits) will be limited and made available via phone, online, or through email. Building permits may be applied for online, please call 760-873-8458 and we will email you an application.
  • Building inspection services will continue. If you have building or development plans to deliver to the Building or Planning Departments, please do so by email or a drop box, or call 760-873-8458 to make an appointment.
  • The Police Department continues its 24/7 operation to include '911' emergency service. Its lobby is open but phoning first is preferred for non-emergency services. Refer to the PD's website and Facebook page for further contact information.      
  • The Bishop Fire Department Headquarters, fire stations and training facility are closed to the public. Routine inquiries should be made by phone at 760-873-5485.
  • Prior issued burn permits will be extended thus reducing the need for in-person visits to the FD
  • All Public Works services will remain in place. Public Works emphasizes that, based upon the information made available to the City at this point, drinking water is not a known source of coronavirus, and residents can continue to drink water from their taps.  Again, routine inquiries to the Public Works and Building Department should be made by phone at 760-873-8458.
Financial Support for Residents and Businesses
  • The City will be returning or giving future credit for City recreation program fees or other City fees that have been paid for canceled activities and events at City or school facilities.  All late fees will be suspended and due dates extended.
  • For additional questions, please call the City at 760-873-5863.
City council and commission Meetings

In order to minimize the spread of the COVID 19 virus Governor Newsom has issued Executive Orders that temporarily suspend certain requirements of the Brown Act.   Please be advised that the Council Chambers is closed to the public and that some, or all, of the Bishop City Council Members or Commissioners may attend their scheduled meetings telephonically or via video conference.

You are strongly encouraged to observe the City Council, Planning Commission, Parks and Recreation Commission, and Water and Sewer Commission meetings live via the City of Bishop website  at: cityofbishop.com/government  and to submit public comments as instructed on each of their individual agendas.
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, if you need special assistance to participate in this meeting, please contact the City Clerk at 760-873-5863 Extension 24.  Notification at least 48 hours prior to the meeting will enable the City to make reasonable arrangements to ensure accessibility to this meeting.  [28 CFR 35.102.35.104 ADA Title II].
The City of Bishop thanks you in advance for taking all precautions to prevent spreading the COVID 19 virus.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
The City is actively coordinating with all public and medical agencies regarding best practices in dealing with this issue. In collaboration with federal and state agencies, the Inyo County Department of Public Health is the lead agency managing response to local novel coronavirus testing, investigations, coordination with health providers, and public information. Learn more and stay informed at www.inyocounty.us