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:
- Entertainment venues (restrictions)
- Gyms and fitness studios (restrictions)
- Bars and nightclubs (restrictions)
- Barber and Hair Salons (restrictions)
- Dine-In restaurants (restrictions)
- Places of Worship (restrictions)
- Retail shops (restrictions)
- Gas stations
- Food: Grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, take-out and delivery restaurants
- Hardware stores/plumbers
- Repairmen (Structural or service related - not cosmetic)
- Pool Maintenance
- 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
- 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
- Utilities (water, power, and gas)
- City management, city department management, and certain city offices for providing essential city programs and services
- Public events and gatherings
- Convention Centers
- 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.
- 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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