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State Approves Riverside County’s Readiness to Move to Accelerated Stage 2

*Please Note that the City of Cathedral City has two Emergency Orders that are still in effect.  They include wearing a Face Covering and practicing Social Distancing between others as well as a prohibition on Short-Term Lodging Facilities until June 19, 2020.  Please see below this article for more details.

From Riverside County

The California Department of Public Health approved the county’s request to reopen more businesses, as part of the governor’s accelerated phase two. The county submitted a revised request to move into the next phase on Thursday, May 21 based on the new criteria announced by the state earlier this week.


As part of the state’s accelerated stage two, the following locations can now reopen in Riverside County: destination retail stores, including shopping malls and swap meets; dine-in restaurants; and schools with modifications. Please note, the local health order prohibiting primary schools for grades K-12 is still in effect until June 19.


“This is a huge success for the county and our local businesses that Riverside County was approved for regional variance by the California Department of Public Health,” said Riverside County Board Chair and Fourth District Supervisor V. Manuel Perez. “That means that Riverside County is now in the accelerated stage 2.5 in the state’s reopening plan, and we can safely reopen shopping centers and restaurants for dining in, all with modifications. While we are excited to move into stage 2.5, and we look forward to the state allowing more sectors of the economy to open in the coming days and weeks, I emphasize that we can’t let our guard down when it comes to protecting ourselves and our communities from the coronavirus.”


The governor on Monday announced the expansion of the avenues of eligibility for counties to accelerate business reopening in a phased approach. The governor’s announcement follows a letter sent by Riverside County along with other Southern California counties that comprise over a quarter of the state’s population seeking consideration of criteria to make urban counties eligible for regional variances.


“Because of the hard work and sacrifices of the community, we have been able to take positive steps and reduce the impact of the epidemic,” said Vice Chair Karen Spiegel, Riverside County supervisor. “The data demonstrates that we are moving in a positive direction and we want to continue that trend. We look forward to reopening our regional economy in a safe and methodical manner.”


Businesses are encouraged to implement guidelines available on the county’s website at www.RivCoBiz.org for modifications and other measures to keep employees, customers and clients safe. Specific statewide guidance for dine-in restaurants and shopping centers is also available on this site.


Reopening Guidelines

Riverside County Safe Reopening Guidelines 05212020

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Dine-In Restaurant Guidelines


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Shopping / Retail Center Guidelines


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*Please note that the City of Cathedral City has two local ordinances that require the use of Face Coverings and Social Distance between others:

Emergency Order 3 - Face Masks and Social Distancing

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*Please note that the City of Cathedral City has a local ordinance prohibiting Short-Term Lodging Facilities with exceptions until June 19, 2020:

Emergency Order 2c - signed


Download Emergency Order 2c