Welcome to July 2020! Not exactly how any of us envisioned our summer but, here we are, still coping with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Most of us are aware of the importance of wearing face coverings when out in public but it's become more than that. Not only is it required by the State of California and the City of Rancho Mirage, wearing a face covering shows a commitment to protecting those around you and it’s going to take all of us working together to stop the spread of this tenacious virus.

Statewide & Local
Face Covering Orders

By order of the State of California, face coverings are to be worn by the general public when outside the home in certain situations. 

Click here for to view all State
requirements and exemptions.

By order of the City of Rancho Mirage, face coverings are to be worn when entering any business in Rancho Mirage.

Click here to view full
City of Rancho Mirage Order
Let's be kind to ourselves, our neighbors and each other
so we can begin to regain some sense of normality.
Video courtesy of Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB)
On July 1, the State of California ordered the closure of all indoor dining and activities in 19 counties, including Riverside County for at least three weeks, until further order by the State and County. Businesses ordered to cease indoor operations include the following sectors:

  • Indoor Dine-in restaurants (Outdoor dining service & take-out/delivery are permitted)
  • Indoor Wineries and Tasting Rooms
  • Indoor Family Entertainment Centers
  • Indoor Movie Theaters
  • Indoor Zoos and Museums
  • Indoor Cardrooms

Religious services, outdoor zoos and museums are not included in this new order.

To view the California Department of Public Health's press release,
The State of California - Health and Human Service Agency has provided guidance for restaurants, bars and gyms in response to COVID-19:
Guidance on Closure of Sectors in Response to COVID-19
Fitness Facilities COVID-19 Guidance
Proposal for Selective Sector Closing of Bars

On June 2, 2020, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors passed legislation for the allocation of funds for direct grants to assist small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The deadline for that portion of the program has passed however, the County has launched Round 2 of the Program, adding more businesses to the eligibility list.

New businesses added to the program now eligible for $10,000 grants include:
  • Sole proprietors with no employees
  • Businesses that have received the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (Advance)

Eligible use of funds include:
  • Payroll/Employee retention
  • Working Capital
  • Purchase of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Rent or mortgage payments
  • Paying vendor invoices

Grants are awarded on a first-come, first served basis. Applications are now being accepted until August 31, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

For more information or to apply, please visit   rivcobizhelp.org .
EISENHOWER HEALTH UPDATE - "Keep calm and carry on"
Eisenhower Health remains committed to maintaining and improving wellness and health throughout our community and beyond. The team at Eisenhower has been diligent in their sharing of important and up-to-date information about the COVID-19 pandemic in our valley.
To view the most recent update from Eisenhower Health,  click here .
Eisenhower Health and its clinics are open and serving patients in the Coachella Valley. Please call their hotline at  760-TEST988  (or  760-837-8988 ) to discuss any symptom concerns before presenting at any of their locations. The line is staffed 24 hours a day by registered nurses who are ready to assist you. For more information, please visit their FAQ webpage at eisenhowerhealth.org .  
To date, there are currently 226 participants enrolled and 28,941 meals served by our local restaurants. City staff have reached out to local restaurants to encourage their participation in this program.

The program received an extension of FEMA and State funding to continue until July 10 th . Meals are delivered Monday, Wednesday and Fridays between 3:00 - 7:00 pm by our wonderful restaurants, many working together to provide an array of meals from various Rancho Mirage favorites.
Eligible Rancho Mirage residents can sign up to participate in the Great Plates Delivered Program by calling the Rancho Mirage COVID-19 Hotline at (877) 652-4844 , via email at  greatplates@ranchomirageca.gov or visiting our COVID-19 website by clicking below:

Please note that any signups received after after July 1 st will only be enrolled to receive meals if the program is extended past the July 10 th .
If you are a locally owned Rancho Mirage restaurant or food provider and would like to participate in the Great Plates Delivered Program, please contact the City of Rancho Mirage at (877) 652-4844 , email at greatplates@ranchomirageca.gov or visit our webpage by clicking below:
County-run sites is open to anyone, whether you have symptoms or not, and there are no out-of-pocket costs to individuals. You must have an appointment to get tested.

Coachella Valley testing sites are located in Desert Hot Springs, Cathedral City, Indio and Mecca.

Click here  for a list of all county-run locations.
To make an appointment at a county-operated site, call  800-945-6171 .

To make an online appointment at a state-run testing site


For more information on COVID-19 testing, please visit rivcoph.org/coronavirus/testing .