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

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

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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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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 November 20, 2020, there are a total of 1,087,714 positive cases and 18,643 deaths in California.

Source: California Department of Public Health

Important Videos on YouTube

Cathedral City COVID-19 News

Progress Continues in Downtown Cathedral City During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Enjoy this video showing the progress of four major projects happening in Cathedral City.  Construction continues on the nearly completed Cathedral City Community Amphitheater, the new Downtown Fire Station...

Senior Meal Programs and Great Plates Delivered

Watch the following video as Mayor John Aguilar and Councilmember Rita Lamb interview Cathedral City Senior Center’s Executive Director Geoff Corbin about the senior meal programs currently available through...

Riverside County Revises Its Swimming Pool Guidelines for Community Pools and Spas

Riverside County Public Health System has released new guidelines for community pools and spas.  Here are the new guidelines:     Download Flyer

Portions of the Governor’s Category Stage 2 Businesses to Open on Friday

Governor Newsom will provide additional information including official guidelines on Thursday, but there are signs that portions of his Category 2 businesses will be allowed to open on Friday...

Two New Free COVID-19 Testing Sites Open in the Coachella Valley 

In addition to the current drive-up COVID-19 testing site at the fairgrounds in Indio, two additional free testing sites are available for anyone wanting to be tested.  You must...

Fly Over for Frontline Workers in Cathedral City

The Palm Springs Air Museum commenced “Frontline Fridays” today which plays tribute to all of the essential workers who are keeping America strong while fighting against the spread of...

Councilmember Rita Lamb Reads for “Coronavirus Storytime”

As school children are required to Stay at Home during the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the reading to children programs have switched from the classroom to online. Councilmember Rita...

SCE Offering Programs to Save on Electric Costs

Please know SCE will not disconnect your power now because you’re having trouble making payments due to hardships caused by COVID-19. SCE has temporarily suspended service disconnections for nonpayment...

Riverside County Provides Several Updates Related to COVID-19

Face Coverings and Social Distancing Extended to June 19 The county public health director released an amended order starting May 1st that requires face coverings to be worn in...

Cathedral City Director of Emergency Services Issues New Short-Term Lodging Order

The Cathedral City Director of Emergency Services issued today Emergency Order 2B, which affects the rental of short-lodging facilities. The new order forbids the rental or lease for...

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