Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Information

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to impact everyone’s daily lives, City leaders are committed to ensuring the correct measures are taken to preserve the health and wellness of the community and City employees. Some of the measures may cause inconveniences, however it is important to observe and follow CDC Guidelines recommending social distancing to prevent the community spread of the coronavirus.

Emergency Declaration

The City of Avenal City Council on Tuesday March 24th 2020 has declared a local emergency related to the COVID-19 outbreak. Please read the declaration here: https://www.cityofavenal.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=307 

The City Council has has also adopted an emergency ordinance to prevent the occurrence of price gouging and unfair advantage of consumers/ Se adoptado una ordenanza de emergencia para evitar que se produzca un aumento de precios y una ventaja injusta de los consumidores.

Please read Mayor Dagoberto Ovalle’s letter to the community here about the current crisis. 

Public Facility Restricted Access

The City of Avenal has announced the restriction of public access to all City facilities, including the Avenal Theater and Event Center, starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. All facilities, including Avenal City Hall (as of Tuesday, March 24, 2020) will be closed to the public until further notice.

Utility Payments

Utility Payments are currently still being accepted in-person at City Hall, though online payments are preferred. Click here for a tutorial on paying your utility bill online.

Events Cancelled

All City-sponsored events have been cancelled until further notice.

School Closures

The Reef-Sunset Unified School District (RSUSD) has announced the closure of all schools and suspension of all school-sponsored events and activities through April 14, 2020. Read more at https://www.rsusd.net/ 

Food Distributions

KCAO is working to provide additional food distributions here in Avenal. Please click here to see a current schedule of food distributions in Kings County: English / Spanish. 

Public Transit (KART) - Schedule Change

Effective March 23, 2020 Kings Area Rural Transit (KART)has temporarily changed its route schedule. Please view the new temporary schedule by clicking the link below.

KART Temporary Schedule Change

Local Restaurants and Grocery Stores

  • La Galeria Cafe - Delivery and Online Ordering Available, Assistance with Grocery Pickup for Elderly
  • La Carreta - Open for takeout, no delivery
  • Chalios - Open for takeout, no delivery
  • Taqueria La Piedad - Open for takeout, no delivery
  • Super Burger - Open for takeout & delivery, Front Door Closed
  • Subway - Open for takeout, no delivery
  • Los Primos Bakery - Open for takeout, no delivery
  • La Nueva Reyna - Open for takeout & delivery

Small Business Resources

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering Disaster Loan Assistance to small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Follow the links below for more information.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources