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 announced on July 13, that indoor religious services and cultural ceremonies must cease all indoor operations. .
For complete guidance from the state on the safe reopening of in-person religious services, please see here, updated on July 1.
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 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:
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 July 13, 2020 fitness facilities and gyms must cease all indoor operations. When they are allowed to open in Riverside County please see these state guidelines, updated on July 1.
The order regarding golf courses was rescinded by Riverside County’s Public Health Officer. Currently, the State’s guidance on outdoor recreation lists golfing (singles, with carts) as an acceptable form of recreation, but it does not address the actual opening of golf courses. Should golf course operators reopen, such operators should still adhere to the health and safety restrictions from the National Golf Course Owners Association that was 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. The prohibitions against gatherings with persons not in your household is still in place. See the State’s Frequently Asked Questions on Outdoor Recreation.
Effective June 12, 2020, hotels, motels and inns are eligible to reopen 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. As of May 26, 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. Again, those engaging in recreational activities must adhere to social distancing protocols and continued washing of hands. The prohibitions against gatherings with persons not in your household is still in place.
Public pools, of which Pawley Pool in Indio is included, are not permitted to open at this time, according to the State of California. Riverside County’s order regarding community and HOA pools has been rescinded, and in its absence, the County has provided guidance on these types of pools and spas based on the State’s Roadmap for Reentry, Stage 2:
Restaurants, bars & wineries:
Effective July 13, bars that don't serve meals in Riverside County were ordered closed, and restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms must move all activities outside, or close. The County has provided "Guidelines for Safe Reopening." Businesses anticipating a reopening are expected to complete and implement a "Safe Reopening Plan" to address employee and customer health measures. Businesses are encouraged to implement guidelines available on the county’s website for modifications and other measures to keep employees, customers and clients safe. Specific statewide guidance for dine-in restaurants, 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.
Schools are allowed to reopen with modifications under the Governor's accelerated 2.5 stage of recovery, however, Riverside County schools remain closed through June 19, 2020, except for higher education and vocational 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 guidelines. Guidance from the state of California on short term rentals was also released and effective as of June 12, 2020.
Stores and Retail Services:
As part of statewide actions to slow the spread of coronavirus, on July 13, Riverside County was ordered to cease indoor operations of destination retail stores, including shopping malls, strip malls, and swap meets, hair salons, barbershops or move them outdoors. 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 when they are allowed to do so. Also, effective July 13, 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 must move outdoors or cease operations.