Desert Sun: Coronavirus FAQ: What city rules are in effect after county board rescinded health orders?
After a marathon meeting on Friday, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to direct the county’s public health officer, Dr. Cameron Kaiser, to rescind several local health orders stricter than Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home order.
As a result, the county’s previous mandate of face coverings has been replaced with a “strong recommendation” to social distance and wear face coverings to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The board vote also directed Kaiser to rescind local orders limiting vacation rentals and golf. County spokeswoman Brooke Federico said golf courses remain open in the county under revised state guidance on outdoor recreation.
Although the county rules have changed and state orders remain in effect, some Coachella Valley cities have other measures in place that are stricter than the county rules.
City spokesman Chris Parman said Cathedral City’s rules for face coverings, social distancing and golf courses mirror state and county orders.
“We have no local restrictions beyond these two agencies,” he said via email.
Last month, the city issued an order that prohibited the rental or lease of short-term lodging facilities through June 19.
There are, however, some exceptions. Short-term lodging may be used for essential workers, residents who need to isolate or quarantine, and in a few other scenarios, according to the order.
Requests to the city of Coachella and mayor for information were not returned on Saturday.
Desert Hot Springs
On Tuesday, the Desert Hot Springs City Council unanimously approved in closed session a resolution requiring residents to wear face coverings and practice social distancing.
Businesses that are open and will open in the next few weeks are subject to the face-covering and social-distancing mandate, Mayor Scott Matas said.
Earlier this month, the county said face coverings were not required to be worn at home, or inside the car with members of the same household. It also had a similar approach for residents spending time outdoors.