R/M Weekly
News & Updates
June 12, 2020
The City of Rancho Mirage will continue to send up-to-date information, resources, and articles to keep our residents and businesses informed on the COVID-19 pandemic and how we, as a community, are working through this unprecedented time together.

As more businesses open up this weekend, Rancho Mirage residents and guests are urged more than ever to take steps to protect themselves from coronavirus. As a reminder, residents and guests must to continue to wear face coverings when they enter any business and maintain social distancing when out in public. Frequent hand washing is also important to help slow the spread of coronavirus.
Hotels, Zoos, Museums & More Permitted to Reopen
On June 5, 2020, the State announced counties like Riverside that are approved to progress further into the Resilience Roadmap can decide to open the following industries on June 12, 2020. The below list links to each specific State guidance:

The new State guidance for complete list of industry guidance can be found at
Residents are encouraged to visit businesses that are taking safety precautions for their employees and customers by following local guidance and industry-specific guidance issued by the state. Additional business guidance will be made available on RivCoBizHelp.org website, with input from the Riverside County Economic Recovery Task Force.
Great Plates Delivered Program
The City of Rancho Mirage is pleased to announce that the Great Plates Delivered Program has been extended through July 10, 2020!

The Rancho Mirage Great Plates Delivered Program has been in effect since Friday, May 8th. Currently, 168 participants are enrolled in the Program and as of June 10th, approximately 14,295 meals have been delivered. This program has served those residents 60+ and at high-risk for COVID-19 by delivering three nutritious meals per day to their home. It has also been a great benefit for locally owned Rancho Mirage restaurants.

The extension of the Rancho Mirage Great Plates Delivered Program for another 30 days will continue to provide for those most at risk and assist Rancho Mirage restaurants as they continue to serve the community.
If you are interested in participating in the Great Plates Delivered Program, please call the Rancho Mirage COVID-19 Hotline at (877) 652-4844 , email at  greatplates@ranchomirageca.gov or visit our COVID-19 website by clicking below:
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:
City Hall Reopens
Rancho Mirage City Hall reopened to the public on June 8, 2020. The City implemented several changes to ensure the highest level of safety for our patrons and staff.

City Hall revised hours of operation:

  • Open to the public Monday through Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Closed daily from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. for cleaning.
  • Closed to the public on Fridays.

All employees and patrons are required to wear a face covering and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

We urge residents and businesses to use our online features ( RanchoMirageCA.gov ) or call us (760-324-4511) before visiting City Hall.
Rancho Mirage Library Reopens
"Library to Go" Services
The Rancho Mirage Library & Observatory reopened for "Library to Go" services on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 9 a.m., and will remain open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 - 4:00 p.m. Patrons are encouraged to put materials on hold for pick up.

In order to limit the time you need to spend in the building, Library staff is happy to help you find materials for check out before you arrive. Just contact a reference librarian via email at  librarian@ranchomiragelibrary.org  or call 760-341-7323.

For detailed information regarding "Library to Go" services,
requirements and contact information,
City of Rancho Mirage Order Reminders
As a reminder, the following Orders from the City of Rancho Mirage are to remain in effect through June 30, 2020:

  • Face Covering required when visiting any Ranch Mirage business. Click here to view full order
  • Short-Term Rentals Moratorium suspending all short-term rental operations in the City through June 30, 2020. Click here to view full order
  • Residential & Commercial Evictions Moratorium ensures no landlord/lessor can evict a tenant/lessee for nonpayment of rent if financial hardship as a result of COVID-19 is demonstrated. Click here to view full order

For more information regarding COVID-19, visit our website at Covid19.RanchoMirageCA.gov.
County of Riverside Assistance Programs
Small Business Grant Program

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors have established a small business grant program for direct grants to small businesses. The deadline for applications is June 19, 2020. For more information on eligibility and program guidelines, please go to mainstreetlaunch.org/contact-us-riverside/ .
Rental Assistance Program

The County of Riverside is currently developing a Rental Assistance Program. This Program will provide direct cash payments to landlords for residents experiencing rental delinquencies due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The County will work with the United Way and Lift to Rise to process applications and disperse payments. Stay tuned for more details about this program.

Click here to view the Desert Sun Newspaper article about the program
A key factor in the State of California’s decision to allow counties to move into Stage 3, is getting more residents tested. The latest testing numbers for the County and the Coachella Valley, District 4, can be found at   rivcoph.org/coronavirus  under “reports.”

Testing at the 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 testing site 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, click  lhi.care/covidtesting .


For more information on COVID-19 testing, please visit rivcoph.org/coronavirus/testing .
Blood Donation
As we move into the next stages of reopening our communities, hospitals are now beginning to schedule elective surgeries, which means there is a need for blood donations. LifeStream Blood Bank is serving our communities while taking steps to keep donors safe. For more information on LifeStream and to make an appointment to give the gift of life, please visit lstream.org/covid-19/ .


Effective immediately at LifeStream Blood Bank donor centers and mobile drives, blood donations are tested for the COVID-19 antibody. The test is performed on donor blood, and is not a nasal swab to tell a person whether or not they have a current COVID-19 infection. Instead, the test identifies those who may have had or been exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 in the past.

The antibody test is authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and will indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to the virus, regardless of whether they ever showed symptoms. The antibody tests are part of a full panel of tests that LifeStream performs on successful blood donations. Donors are not charged for the tests.

Visit lstream.org to learn more and make an appointment today. 

Safe blood saves lives

This year, World Blood Donor Day will once again be celebrated around the world on June 14, 2020. The event serves to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gift of blood and also to raise awareness of the need for regular blood donations to ensure that all individuals and communities have access to affordable and timely supplies of safe and quality-assured blood and blood products, as an integral part of universal health coverage and a key component of effective health systems.

For more information about World Blood Donor Day,
go to the World Health Organization’s website at