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.

Resolution Declaring an Emergency in Cathedral City

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COVID-19 Vaccine

Stay at Home Order Complaints

Stay at Home Order - Public Complaint Email Link: https://govapps.gov.ca.gov/gov40mail/

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Riverside County Response to COVID-19

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Ways to prevent the spread      Click for tips

VIDEO - Mayor Aguilar Provides Information on How You Can Help Stop the Spread

Video - Mayor John Aguilar Shows You How to Make a Mask Without Sewing

Stay Home

Stay Home

  • Stay at home whenever possible
  • Only leave home for essential needs and services
  • Protect your physical & mental health
  • Support your local restaurants by ordering take-out/delivery

Cover Your Nose and Mouth When in Public

Cover Your Nose and Mouth When in Public

Wash Your Hands

Wash Your Hands

      • 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

Don’t Touch Your Face

Don’t Touch Your Face

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Cough into your elbow or a tissue
  • Wearing a mask helps prevent accidental touching

Disinfect Touched Items

Disinfect Touched Items

Social Distance

Social Distance


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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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Information for Businesses

Get the latest information on relief packages for businesses - CCEDD.ORG

COVID-19 Business Signage

Images and PDF’s courtesy of visitgreaterpalmsprings.com

  • 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:

  • Restaurants with delivery, outdoor seating or curbside pick-up.
  • Places of Worship with outdoor services (restrictions)
  • Retail shops (restrictions)
  • 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?

  • 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.

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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.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Messaging and Resource Links


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Lift to Rise Cash Assistance Grant Program

Get Up to $200 in Emergency Cash Assistance

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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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New Signage for Businesses

New signage is now available for business to download and post to let patrons know that face coverings are required. More

Senior Resources

Senior Meal Programs and Great Plates Delivered

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

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City Leaders Video Statements

Mayor John Aguilar Lends His Support to a Valley Wide PSA to Mask Up

Mayor Aguilar Calls on Residents to “Mask Up to Protect Your Family”

Use La Mascarilla para Proteger a Su Familia


Mayor John Aguilar Speaks about the Coronavirus and the Great Plates Meal Program for Seniors


Regidor de Cathedral City Ernesto Gutierrez Ofrece Video sobre La Pandemia de COVID

City Manager Provides Information on City’s Emergency Declaration

Cathedral City’s Economic Development Department Is Here for Businesses

By the Numbers

  • As of January 13, 2021, there are a total of 2,816,969 positive cases and 31,654 deaths in California.

Source: California Department of Public Health

Important Videos on YouTube

Cathedral City COVID-19 News

Governor Announces Seniors 65 and Older Can Now Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

Govern Newsom announced today that Seniors age 65 and older can now get the COVID-19 vaccine in an attempt to speed up the distribution and get healthcare workers and...

Riverside County Plans for Regional COVID-19 Vaccine Supersites

Riverside County announced today that it has activated the Type III All-Hazard Incident Management Team (IMT) to help coordinate the planning and implementation of a massive vaccination program for...

Financial Assistance Program for Cathedral City Small Businesses Now Available

Up to $20,000 per small business now available   In late 2020, the Federal Housing and Urban Development agency awarded Cathedral City an additional allocation of Community Development Block...

Mayor Raymond Gregory and Supervisor Perez Urge You to Get Tested for COVID-19

Beginning on Monday, January 11th through Friday, January 15th from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, the public can get free COVID-19 testing in Cathedral City at Northgate Church located...

State-Operated Testing Site Comes to Cathedral City Next Week

CATHEDRAL CITY – A state-operated coronavirus testing site will provide COVID testing next week in Cathedral City.  Coronavirus testing will be available from Monday, January 11 to Friday, January 15,...

Riverside County Offering a Vaccine Clinic for Health Care Workers this Thursday

Riverside County Public Health System is offering healthcare workers a free COVID-19 vaccine clinic this Thursday, January 7, 2021 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Roy Wilson...

“Stay Home Orders” Still in Place for Southern California

Although it’s a New Year, we are facing the worst coronavirus surge since the pandemic began.  As of January 4, 2021, a record number of people requiring hospitalization due...

Riverside County Vaccine Distribution Update

As of January 4, 2021, Riverside County has received 45,000 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines combined.  Since late December they have started vaccinating healthcare workers at hospitals,...

Stay Home for New Year’s Eve and Be Healthy for 2021

Feel free to be casual or put on the Ritz, but health experts urge everyone to stay home this New Year’s Eve and celebrate virtually as the coronavirus is...

Over $3 Million Available for Utility Assistance for Riverside County Households

From Supervisor V. Manuel Perez’s Office:   RIVERSIDE COUNTY – A Riverside County agency, the Community Action Partnership of Riverside County (CAP Riverside), has funding available to assist low-income...

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