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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.
New Signage for Businesses
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Eviction restrictions for residential and commercial properties:
Emergency Order 3B
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Proper handwashing demonstration
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
- Clean Your Smart Phone to Prevent the Spread
- Disinfecting your home
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
- Social Distancing - What does that mean?
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.
- When creating your plan, below are resources which will help you get through this situation
- Replacing lost income:
- For those affected by COVID-19, here is a great summary of what California Employment Development Department is offering.
- Unemployment Insurance: Here is how to file a claim.
- Paid Family Leave: Here is how to file a claim.
- For those with a disability: EDD Disability Insurance and/or Supplemental Security Income
- For those 65 and over: Supplemental Security Income
- Saving money:While there is a nearly endless list of creative ways to save money, below are valuable local resources:
- Southern California Gas reduced rate plan for income qualified families (California Alternative Rates for Energy (CARE)
- Southern California Edison reduced rate CARE and FERA plans;
- CVWD-Coachella Valley Water District Help2Others Customer Assistance Program
- Desert Water Agency Help2Others Customer Assistance Program
- California Earned Income Tax Credit and Young Child Tax Credit
- Google “Cathedral City resale store” for a list of great stores offering real bargains
- Landing a great new job:
- Preparing for interviews: "60 Seconds and You’re Hired". Single best interview preparation resource I have found. Contact me for a copy.
- Spend time creating a solid resume; this will be future employers’ first impression of you!
- Leverage the expertise provided by the professionals within the Riverside County Workforce Development Center.
- 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.
- 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:
- 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.
- “How to manage the psychological effects of quarantine” by Dr. Mark Banschick M.D.
- “8 Things to Do While Under Quarantine” by Dr. Kyle D. Killian, PhD. LMFT
- “How to deal with uncertainty” by Dr. Clay Drinko, PhD.
- “Healing the Heart During COVID-19” by Christine Fonseca, M.S.
- “In Helping Others, You Help Yourself” by Dr. Marianna Pogosyan PhD.
The resources below provide information about programs to ensure that all children have access to resources needed for educational purposes.
Mobile Phone Carrier and Broadband Updates
Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers.
Online Educational Resources
Khan Academy- Math
Storyline Online - English
National Geographic Kids - Science
History for Kids - History
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:
- Restaurants with delivery, outdoor seating or curbside pick-up.
- Places of Worship with outdoor services (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
- Barber and Hair Salons (restrictions)
- Bars and Nightclubs not serving a meal with drinks outdoors
- Entertainment venues
- Gyms and fitness studios
- Public events and gatherings
- Convention Centers
- Nail salons
Where does this apply?
This is in effect in Cathedral City and Riverside County.
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.
- 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.
The resources below provide information about organizations that help ensure food security for low-income families and children.
FIND Food Bank: CA State Regional Food Bank
Local food pantries are invited to contact FIND Food Bank for food support.
Food Access Map
Local Food Pantries
Free Meals for Children
Free Meals Open to General Public
National Resources and Hotlines
Health Insurance Providers
Local Hospital Resources
Emergency Housing Assistance
Affordable Housing Assistance Resources
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.
- Economic Protection Plan & Support for Residents - Resident request for support - Lift to rise
List of Banks Offering Relief to Customers Affected by COVID-19
Frequently Asked Questions
By the Numbers
- As of October 21, 2020, there are a total of 880,724 positive cases and 17,189 deaths in California.
Source: California Department of Public Health
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