As directives from public health agencies change, the City of Indio will update our residents with changes to public services and activities. The following is considered a guide based on the most commonly asked questions by residents regarding varying topics and sectors within Indio. It is subject to change.
**Churches and other faith-based services:
Riverside County moved back into the purple tier on Jan. 25, 2021, requiring places of worship to provide accommodations for outdoor services only.
For complete guidance from the state on the safe reopening of in-person religious services, please see here, updated on July 29.
Please also refer to this guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/index.html
**Face coverings and social distancing:
As of Nov. 17, 2020, people in California must wear facial coverings outside of the home in most circumstances. For limited exceptions, please see this updated guidance from the California Department of Public Health.
Effective May 22, 2020, the City of Indio is requiring the wearing of facial coverings in public settings, both indoors and outdoors (when social distancing of at least six feet cannot be maintained). Children under the age of two, and those with breathing problems are exempt. Read the full order here. The cloth face coverings recommended are not medical grade respirators, such as N95 and surgical masks. Individual stores and businesses within Indio reserve the right to mandate masks and/or social distancing when entering their establishments.
**Fitness facilities and gyms:
Effective Oct. 20, 2020 fitness facilities and gyms in Riverside County cannot provide service indoors. They are allowed to operate outdoors, with modifications. See these state guidelines for safe reopening, updated on July 29.
Golf course operators should adhere to the health and safety restrictions from the National Golf Course Owners Association discussed in the previous County Public Health Officer order, which is available as attachment A here, and adhere to social distancing requirements of at least six feet. See the State’s Frequently Asked Questions on Outdoor Recreation.
Hotels, motels and inns are eligible to reopen with modifications, using these guidelines from the state.
The parking lots of public parks in Indio are open, as are restrooms. Parks are open for walking, biking, hiking and dog walking, however playground equipment is not for use. Dog parks in Indio are open. Tennis courts are open. Basketball courts are not. The State of California has prohibited the opening of picnic areas. The parking lot at the East Indio trailhead is now open. Those engaging in recreational activities must adhere to social distancing protocols and continued washing of hands.
Pools can open outdoors with modifications. Riverside County has provided guidance on pools and spas based on the State’s Roadmap for Reentry, Stage 2:
**Restaurants, bars & wineries:
Effective Oct. 20, dine-in restaurants are not allowed to open indoors. Outdoor dining is permitted with modifications. See guidance for restaurants, wineries and bars from the State of California. Businesses are encouraged to implement guidelines available on the county’s website for other measures to keep employees, customers and clients safe. A checklist for reopening bars and wineries and shopping centers are also available on this site. Also, new, temporary relief measures from the California Department of Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) to enable licensees with on-sale privileges to reopen their businesses for on-site consumption once in-person dining is allowed to resume.
The Riverside County school waiver process will not be impacted by the governor’s new system. Schools can reopen on a widespread basis (without a waiver) once a county is in the red tier for at least two weeks. Schools that reopened while in the red tier can continue to operate regardless of the County's current tier (purple). See guidance for schools.
College of the Desert announced on May 1, that all summer session and fall semester classes, including those held at the Indio campus, will be moved online, and the campuses will remain closed indefinitely. Read the letter to COD students in English and Spanish.
**Short Term Rentals:
Effective Jan. 25, 2021, short-term lodging rentals in Riverside County, including Indio, can open with modifications, and should continue to follow the guidance provided by the State of California regarding "Hotels, Lodging and Short-term rentals." Additional questions may be addressed to email@example.com.
**Stores and Retail Services:
Malls may reopen in the purple tier at a maximum 25 percent capacity. Please refer to these guidelines from the state of California regarding store openings. These guidelines refer to the safe reopening of hair salons and barbershops. Also, effective Sept. 23, 2020, personal care services in Riverside County, including nail services, facial and esthetician services, shaving, waxing and threading services, massage therapy services, body art, tattoo and piercing services can open indoors with modifications. Although personal care services now fall into the purple tier, they are allowed to be open indoors with modifications.