In accordance to the April 2, 2020 order issued by the Riverside County Public Health Officer and an April 3, 2020 order by the Cathedral City Director of Emergency Services, the rental or leasing of Short-Term Lodging Facilities within the County of Riverside including the City of Cathedral City are now prohibited until June 19, 2020, except for the following housing circumstances:
(a) Temporary lodging to protect the homeless pursuant to COVID-19 mitigation and containment measures;
(b) Temporary lodging for persons who have been displaced and cannot return to their residence because there is a person residing at the residence that must isolate or quarantine or is at a higher risk of severe illness;
(c) Temporary lodging for persons who need to isolate or quarantine.
(d) Temporary lodging for essential workers performing functions that are essential to maintain the continuity of operations for critical infrastructure as identified in the Guidance memo issued by the Health Officer for the County of Riverside.
Short term lodging facilities are defined as short-term rentals, vacation rentals, timeshares, hotels, motels, “vacation rental units” as defined in CCMC § 3.24.011(8), and any other similar short-term lodging for rent, lease, hiring or letting in any way.
The order also redefines “short term rentals” as any rental provided to an individual for 60 days or less. The previous restriction was 30 days or less.
Use of a premise as a Short-Term Lodging Facility without an appropriately issued City permit pursuant to CCMC § 3.24.011 is subject to a fine of $5,000 per day. Furthermore, any violation of this Order may be determined to be a misdemeanor and punishable by the aforementioned fine or imprisonment of not more than 90 days, or both in accordance with California law including Health & Safety Code § 120295, and the Cathedral City Municipal Code.
You can read the two orders, here:
City of Cathedral City