UPDATE: The City of Bakersfield announced on Friday that it has now issued special event permits to 25 businesses, of which all but four are in the food service industry.
The city said another 22 permits are currently in progress or are nearly completed. The city has received a total of 47 applications for the permit since they have been available.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The city of Bakersfield said it has issued 14 special event permits to businesses, allowing them to operate outside amid COVID-19.
The city said it has another 19 permits going through the process as of Friday. The city announced last week that it has sped up the processing speed, with businesses now able to get their permits within five days of when they applied. Before COVID-19, the process for a special event permit took up to 30 days.
The permits allow businesses to temporarily operate on public sidewalks or in public streets as well as in private parking lots elsewhere in Bakersfield.
“The permit process helps prepare businesses to meet health and safety regulations in a new location not previously approved for operation,” the city said. “Staff is happy to help interested owners and managers through the process so businesses can begin operating again while following the state’s health guidelines in place to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.”
To apply for a permit, visit https://bit.ly/2EHdD5i. Businesses can submit their application, along with the $86 processing fee, via e-mail or drop it off at the City of Bakersfield Treasury Division, located at 1600 Truxtun Ave.