Beginning on Thursday, March 19, all City facilities, excluding the main Police Department lobby, will be closed to the public.
The City of Bend is taking steps to limit exposure to and spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). The City has cancelled meetings, encouraged employees to telework, will close public access to City facilities, and will provide some help to local businesses impacted by this pandemic.
The City will not shut off water for those with outstanding bills. And, Visit Bend has withdrawn all ads and canceled tourism promotions.
At the March 18 Council meeting, Councilors ratified an order declaring a local state of emergency as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It allows more flexibility and authorization for the City Manager to buy safety-related goods or services without normal procurement processes and to develop emergency policies regarding the use of sick leave, vacation leave, telecommuting and meeting protocols. These changes will remain in effect for the duration of the emergency.
During this emergency:
The Bend Police Department will be triaging access to the lobby. Staff will be at the front office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. However, Police ask community members to first call prior to visiting. Options will be posted at the facility. Non-emergencies should call 541-693-6911.
Bend Municipal Court sessions are cancelled. Court clerks will be available only by phone. To contact the court clerks, call 541-388-5572 and press 9 Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and noon, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for any questions about appearances or concerns about court payments. Pleas may be entered in writing by mail or by using the 24-hour drop box. Forms are available in the Municipal Court entrance at 555 NE 15th St. and on our website at www.bendoregon.gov/municipalcourt.
Utility Billing offices are closed to the public, but customer service is available by phone. Customers wishing to pay a utility bill at the downtown Utility Billing location (639 NW Franklin Ave.) are encouraged to make electronic payments if possible. To make your payment:
Community Development customers should call 541-323-8551 or email email@example.com for help. Application fees can be paid online via the “Services” link at www.bendoregon.gov.
The City Manager’s Office can be reached at 541-388-5505 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Calls and messages will be returned in 24 hours, Monday through Friday.