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Make a face mask with household items

The CDC says it is now advisable for everyone to wear masks. When you can’t buy one, you should make it yourself. Here are some tutorials. The precaution is to be used in addition to, and not instead of, maintaining social distance of at least six feet from other people. Other measures—including avoiding touching your face—should also continue to be front-of-mind anytime you are in public spaces outside your home. For more information, please see CDC Guidelines on Face Masks.

Luckily, if we can use that term in this situation, there are a huge number of online DIY tutorials on making your own face masks. The masks can be made in minutes and require little more than a pair of scissors or, if you’re feeling ambitious, a mini sewing kit or machine. Here are some resources of them. says anyone can make a mask from common household items. They have a template and instructions on their website. And, they posted a easy-to-follow video on Youtube.

No sewing required

If you can sew

City of Exeter COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease Update:

March 13, 2020

City of Exeter COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease Update:

The City of Exeter remains committed to protecting and preserving the health and safety of our community as the COVID-19 Coronavirus situation continues to evolve. 

State of California and Tulare County Public Health Officials are requiring all events or gatherings of more than 250 people be canceled or postponed and has recommended canceling events of less than 250.  Gatherings less than 250 held in venues that do not allow social distancing of six feet per person should be postponed or canceled. For events of less than 250 that are not cancelled, handwashing/hand sanitizing stations must be provided and participants encouraged to be mindful of social distancing.  Gatherings of individuals who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19, such as older adults, people with chronic illnesses, and those with compromised immune systems, should be limited to no more than 10 people.

The City of Exeter continues to work closely with public health officials as well as our partner agencies in Public Safety and municipal services.  As the situation continues to develop, we will be taking precautionary steps when necessary and appropriate to minimize risk to our community and staff.  It is possible that some of these precautionary steps will result in some temporary inconveniences as well as reduced and postponed services, for which we apologize.  

Regarding Exeter City Services:

For Utility Bill Payment, residents are encouraged to pay by mail, drop box or online, although City Offices are currently remaining open.

Customers needing services from City Administration should go to the Police Department lobby.  For Public Works Department services call (559) 592-3318.

The Exeter Police Department continues its normal operations and is responding to all calls for law enforcement services.

City recreation programs are being postponed and future notices will be provided when they are resumed.

As a result of precautionary measures taking place throughout Tulare County, several events have been postponed or cancelled.  

To stay current with safety tips and precautionary information, as well as the current status of the COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the County of Tulare Public Health Department are two of the best resources for accurate and reliable information. or

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How to Pay Utilities

Utility Payments can be paid online or by phone at 1- (855) 288-7463 via Credit Card, Debit Card, or E-Check. There is a processing fee of $3.25.

You can also participate in the City of Exeter’s Direct Payment Plan which authorizes the city to deduct the utility payment from your chosen bank account. To authorize the Direct Payment Plan, download the authorization form and return it to the City of Exeter. Note, please attach a voided check to the authorization form.