Sector by Sector FAQ for Indio

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 Oct. 20, 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:


Face coverings and social distancing:

As of June 18, 2020, people in California must wear face coverings when they are in "high risk" situations similar to those earlier defined in Indio.  Those include:

  • Inside of, or in line to enter, any indoor public space. 
  • Waiting for, or riding on, public transportation, taxi, private car service, or ride-sharing vehicle. 
  • Engaged in work, whether at the workplace or performing work off-site.
  •  While outdoors in public spaces when maintaining a physical distance of
  • 6 feet from persons who are not members of the same household or
    residence is not feasible.

More information about the state's order, and exceptions to this order can be read here.

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 State of California also advises using a cloth face covering when you leave the home.  California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Released a Guidance on Use of Cloth Face Coverings. 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 Courses:

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: 

  • Six feet separation should be implemented, and swimmers should limit themselves to lanes.
  • No large groups or pool parties. Residents of the same household may swim together.
  • Lounge chairs and/or tables should be properly distanced. If they cannot be distanced, they should be secured and stored.
  • Residents should wear a cloth face covering when traveling through common areas of the property where it may not be possible to maintain physical distancing, including to and from the pool, barbeque area and shared restrooms. 
  • Residents should bring hand sanitizer, or it should be provided by pool operator. 
  • Operators should frequently check shared restrooms to ensure they are stocked with hand soap and paper towels.
  •  Operators should use scheduled time slots on the busiest days.
  • Operators should close the spa or limit use to 1 person or household at a time (post signage). 
  • Create a written disinfection plan that identifies frequently touched surfaces, a schedule, and designated person to complete disinfection tasks. 
    Use an EPA-approved disinfectant on commonly touched surfaces, including but not limited to: gate, latch, tables, chairs, drinking fountain, pool handrails and countertops. In shared restrooms: door handles, light switches, faucets, latches and dispensers. 
  •  Post signage reminding residents to wash their hands frequently with soap and water, cover coughs and sneezes, and to avoid the pool area if they are experiencing symptoms of illness including a fever of 100°F or above, sore throat, runny nose, chills, not feeling well, sneezing, coughing, abdominal pain or diarrhea 


Restaurants, bars & wineries: 

Effective Oct. 20, dine-in restaurants are not allowed to open indoors.  Outdoor dining is permitted.   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 modifications and 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 June 2, 2020, the City of Indio has signed a new order regarding short-term rentals, which rescinds the City's previous order that restricted rentals to COVID-impacted parties.   Within 14 days of the order, each permit holder and property representative (if applicable) must both submit an acknowledgement form with the City stating they have read and will comply with Riverside County’s guidelines for short-term rentals.  In addition, authorized short-term rentals must leave a gap of at least 24 hours between rentals of a single property, as is already required by Riverside County guidelinesGuidance from the state of California on short term rentals was also released and effective as of July 29, 2020.


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.