68700 Avenida Lalo Guerrero, Cathedral City, CA 92234

COVID-19 Info


The California State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health is ordering all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence, except as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sector.

For more information on the stay-at-home order visit:

In accordance with this order, the State Public Health Officer has designated the following list of “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” to help state, local, tribal, and industry partners as they work to protect communities, while ensuring continuity of functions critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security.

Commercial and Residential Eviction Restrictions

The council enacted two urgency ordinances by voting unanimously to restrict commercial and residential evictions for non-payment of rent due to COVID-19 pandemic.  This ordinance will remain in effect until the governor or the county public health officer repeals their coronavirus emergency declarations, or the city council repeals the ordinance by at least a 4/5 vote; whichever comes first.

This ordinance does not relieve a residential or commercial renter from the rent owed, but it protects the renter during the COVID -19 emergency declaration from being evicted for non-payment and allows the renter up to 60 days after the ordinance is lifted to repay all past due rent.

Residential Ordinance: Link
Commercial Ordinance: Link

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Creating a Business Plan

  • When creating your plan, below are resources which will help you get through this situation


Creating your plan
  1. Replacing lost income:
    1. For those affected by COVID-19, here is a great summary of what California Employment Development Department is offering.
    2. Unemployment Insurance: Here is how to file a claim.
    3. Paid Family Leave: Here is how to file a claim.
    4. For those with a disability: EDD Disability Insurance and/or Supplemental Security Income
    5. For those 65 and over: Supplemental Security Income
  2. Saving money:While there is a nearly endless list of creative ways to save money, below are valuable local resources:
    1. Southern California Gas reduced rate plan for income qualified families (California Alternative Rates for Energy (CARE)
    2. Southern California Edison reduced rate CARE and FERA plans;
    3. CVWD-Coachella Valley Water District Help2Others Customer Assistance Program
    4. Desert Water Agency Help2Others Customer Assistance Program
    5. CalWORKS
    6. California Earned Income Tax Credit and Young Child Tax Credit
    7. Google “Cathedral City resale store” for a list of great stores offering real bargains
  3. Landing a great new job:
    1. Preparing for interviews: "60 Seconds and You’re Hired". Single best interview preparation resource I have found. Contact me for a copy.
    2. Spend time creating a solid resume; this will be future employers’ first impression of you!
    3. Leverage the expertise provided by the professionals within the Riverside County Workforce Development Center.
  4. Transportation: Coachella Valley’sSunline Transit Agency is demonstrating, yet again, their proactive thinking, leadership and concern for Coachella Valley residents with free local fixed route and paratransit bus service.
  5. Ensuring food security: Keeping yourself and your family healthy during this crisis is best achieved through adequate rest and nutrition. Below are resources to ensure you and your family have enough to eat:
    1. GetCalFresh (California’s SNAP program)
    2. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
    3. Riverside University Health System WIC program
    4. Find Food Bank
    5. Cathedral City Senior Center
  6. Stay healthy: Managing income loss, health concerns or social isolation one at a time can be challenging. Managing all three of these concerns at once requires intentional effort to maintain a healthy emotional outlook.  Below are several articles which can help keep our situation in perspective.
    1. How to manage the psychological effects of quarantine” by Dr. Mark Banschick M.D.
    2. 8 Things to Do While Under Quarantine” by Dr. Kyle D. Killian, PhD. LMFT
    3. How to deal with uncertainty” by Dr. Clay Drinko, PhD.
    4. Healing the Heart During COVID-19 by Christine Fonseca, M.S.
    5. In Helping Others, You Help Yourself” by Dr. Marianna Pogosyan PhD.

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The resources below provide information about programs to ensure that all children have access to resources needed for educational purposes.

National Resources

Mobile Phone Carrier and Broadband Updates

Online Educational Resources

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FAQ’s Regarding the Statewide Stay at Home Order

Disclaimer: This list is current as of March 23, 2020 and is subject to change

Shelter in Place vs. Stay at Home

Stay at home means taking the necessary precautions to keep you and your family safe. This means vulnerable populations must stay home. Everyone else is required to stay home except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to an essential job. It is OK to go outside for walks or bike rides if you are not in a group. Stay at least 6 feet apart when leaving your home for essential activities.

This does not mean that there is Martial Law or military roaming the streets.

How long will we stay home?

The order is in place until further notice.

What can I do? What’s open?

Essential services will remain open such as:

  • Gas stations
  • Pharmacies
  • Food: Grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, take-out and delivery restaurants
  • Hardware stores/plumbers
  • Electricians
  • Repairmen (Structural or service related - not cosmetic)
  • Landscapers
  • Housekeepers
  • Pool Maintenance
  • Banks
  • Laundromats/laundry services
  • Office supply stores
  • Automotive, motorcycle, truck and other vehicle repair
  • Cellular phone services
  • Internet provider services
  • Pet food stores
  • Financial services

Essential state and local government functions will also remain open, including law enforcement and offices that provide government programs and services. Such as:

  • Police stations
  • Fire Stations
  • Hospitals, clinics, and healthcare operations
  • Jails
  • Courts - Some county-run operations (such as the state courts) are temporarily subject to periodic closures or limited accessibility. For County of Riverside information visit: https://www.riverside.courts.ca.gov/PublicNotices/COVID-19-Virus-Response.php
  • Garbage/Sanitation
  • Transportation
  • Utilities (water, power, and gas)
  • City management, city department management, and certain city offices for providing essential city programs and services

What’s closed?

  • Dine-in restaurants (Take-Out and Delivery Still Available)
  • Bars and nightclubs
  • Entertainment venues
  • Gyms and fitness studios
  • Public events and gatherings
  • Convention Centers
  • Hair and nail salons

What Can’t I Do?

  • You cannot engage in group activities in person with others
  • You cannot have dinner parties. You cannot invite friends over to your home to hang out.
  • You cannot go out to bars or nightclubs
  • You cannot go to a nail salon or get your hair cut by a stylist or barber.
  • You cannot go shopping for non-essential goods.
  • You cannot take unnecessary trips on public transportation or in your car or motorbike.

Where does this apply?

This is in effect in Cathedral City and throughout the State of California.

Why are we doing this? 

This is a critical intervention to reduce harm from the spread of the coronavirus in the State of California. This is a mandatory order. Now is the time to do everything we can to prevent the situation from getting much worse in a matter of days or weeks. While this news may seem alarming, it is a necessary step to prevent a worsening situation. The patterns of the virus around the world, and in our state, tell us that moving right now to maximize social distancing and restrict people gathering is the best way to fight the virus and save lives.

Is this mandatory or is it just guidance?

It is mandatory. This is a legal order issued under the authority of California law. You are required to comply, and it is a misdemeanor crime not to follow the order. All persons, businesses, and other entities are required to comply if they do not fall within the exceptions that are specified in the order.

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FAQ’s Regarding the Coronavirus

What should you do if you think you're sick? What if I have symptoms? ...

Frequently Asked Questions about Coronavirus

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  • Coronavirus Rumor Control

Rumors can easily circulate within communities during a crisis, stay informed on what is rumor versus fact related to the coronavirus response.

  • Coronavirus Response: How to Help

Everyone has a role to play in the whole community fight against COVID-19. Learn how to help if you are a company with medical supplies to donate or sell, a volunteer who is medically trained, or  a member of the general public.

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The resources below provide information about organizations that help ensure food security for low-income families and children.


 Cal Fresh

FIND Food Bank: CA State Regional Food Bank

Local food pantries are invited to contact FIND Food Bank for food support. 

Local Food Pantries

Free Meals for Children

Free Meals Open to General Public 

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Resources for Businesses

For information and resources for businesses impacted by COVID-19, please click HERE

Riverside County is exploring various resources that will help support our business community during this challenging economic time. In order to support these efforts, we need your help to determine the economic impact. The following link to the brief survey  completed no later than April 16, 2020.
Business Economic Injury Survey

The resources below provide information about organizations who are working to minimize the financial impacts to small businesses.

List of Banks Offering Relief to Customers Affected by COVID-19

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Senior Resources

  • Heaven Heights  (760) 469-4999 Free Grocery Delivery to Senior Citizens

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City Leaders Video Statements



By the Numbers

  • As of March 25, 2020 there were a total 3,006 positive cases in California. 24 cases are from repatriation flights, and the other 2982 confirmed cases include:
    • 886- community transmissions.
    • 2096 other (travel/ person to person/under investigation)
      • 42 health care workers
      • 38 Californians from the Grand Princess.
    • 65- deaths (Includes one non-California resident). Also includes the first CA youth death due to COVID-19.

Source: Governor’s Office of Emergency Services

Important Videos on YouTube

Cathedral City COVID-19 News

Greater Palm Spring Convention and Visitors Bureau Restaurant List

Coronavirus: Leaving and Returning Home:  What to Do?

Cathedral City’s Weekly Newsletter

Monthly Shred Event Canceled Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program – Community Needs Survey

Contract Approved to Build Bridge over the Whitewater Wash on Cathedral Canyon Drive

City Council Invokes Eviction Restrictions for Commercial and Residential Renters Related to the Coronavirus

Governor Gavin Newsom Announces Major Financial Relief Package: 90-Day Mortgage Payment Relief During COVID-19 Crisis

Public Health Officer of Riverside County Provides These FAQs about the Coronavirus

Cathedral City’s Economic Development Department Is Here for Businesses

The Council and City staff are asking all our residents and visitors to take the necessary precautions to stay healthy and safe. Further information, along with FAQ’s and health tips are available by visiting www.cdc.gov or www.rivcoph.org