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:
Indoor religious services and cultural ceremonies are not permitted as part of California’s Stage Two Roadmap for Recovery, or for the accelerated 2.5. However, clergy for essential support and faith-based services that are provided through streaming or other technologies that support physical distancing and state public health guidelines are considered part of California’s essential workforce and addressed on page 16: https://covid19.ca.gov/img/EssentialCriticalInfrastructureWorkers.pdf
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:
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.
The order regarding golf courses was rescinded by Riverside County’s Public Health Officer.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.
In accordance with the State of California, hotels should only open for COVID-19 mitigation and containment measures, treatment measures, providing accommodation for essential workers, or providing housing solutions, including measures to protect homeless populations. This has not changed with the advancement of Riverside County to stage 2.5 in the roadmap to recovery.
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 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:
Riverside County has been granted regional variance for dine-in restaurants as of May 22, 2020. 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 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:
Local cities and Riverside County have no control when lodging can resume, it is entirely up to the State, and is still not allowed under the Governor's accelerated 2.5 stage of recovery. Riverside County recently rescinded their orders restricting lodging, but this not allow lodging to reopen to leisure travel, it just streamlines the rules for businesses to reopen as soon as the State allows them to. Existing regulations with regard to short term rentals in Indio remain in effect.
Short term residential rentals lasting 60 days or less are prohibited in Indio until June 19, 2020, except for purposes related to COVID-19. This date can be modified if the State allows lodging to reopen. Those purposes and necessary documentation required by the City of Indio regarding COVID-19 exemptions are discussed here.
The State has not provided any dates for when they will allow lodging to reopen to leisure travelers. They have provided stages and criteria counties must meet to move into those stages.
As part of the state's accelerated stage 2 road to recovery, which was approved for Riverside County on May 22, 2020, destination retail stores, including shopping malls, strip malls and swap meets are allowed to reopen. Hair salons and barbershops are also allowed to reopen as of May 26, 2020. 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.