We go into this week with news of Riverside County's slide back into the more restrictive Purple Tier, which will have an impact on some businesses and places of worship. For the next three weeks, restaurants, gyms, and others mentioned below will go back to operating outdoors. Personal care services in all tiers can remain open indoors with modifications.

As a community, we need to work together to make sure our numbers are in line with the Covid-19 metrics put in place by the State. Keep reading for more about Tier status, who is affected and how to get tested.

As for other things happening in Rancho Mirage, just keep scrolling to find out more about voting, voter assistance, how to get rid of your Household Hazardous Waste, "Keeping the Cheer Here", and reminders of City orders and programs.

Riverside County Moves Back into Purple Tier for Next 21 Days

Today, October 20, 2020, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced that Riverside County will move back to the state’s Purple Tier, which is the most restrictive tier that requires several types of businesses and places of worship to move outdoors only, with a 72-hour time frame to adjust operations. 

The State's decision to move Riverside County back to the Purple Tier is due to the County's Covid-19 metrics of 5.2 positivity rate and 9.1 case rate. While the positivity rate is within the Red Tier range, the case rate – cases per 100,000 people – is within the Purple Tier. Riverside County’s case rate is also worsened by the State’s upwards adjustment for not reaching the statewide median of PCR swab tests. 

The following businesses will revert back to a modified Purple Tier operating outdoors:

For a complete list of businesses and status, go to covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy.

  • Schools that have already opened for in-person instruction may continue to do so. Schools and school districts that have not already opened for in-person instruction will need to obtain a waiver, approved by the Riverside County Public Health Officer and CDPH. For a complete list of all schools that have applied for, or received approval for, a waiver, visit rivcoph.org/SchoolWaiver

  • Small private gatherings are allowed outdoors with modifications:
  • Masks and physical distancing required
  • No more than 3 separate households attend (including the host’s)
  • Gatherings should be 2 hours or less
  • Those with symptoms must not attend
  • Those at high risk of severe illness strongly encouraged not to attend
  • Singing, shouting, chanting, or exercising strongly discouraged

Riverside County will remain in the Purple tier for at least three weeks before it can move to the Red Tier once its COVID-19 metrics return to that lower range. 

The state has also updated guidance allowing personal care services in all tiers to remain open indoors with modifications, including:

  • Esthetic and skin care services
  • Electrology services
  • Nail services
  • Body art professionals, tattoo parlors, and piercing shops
  • Massage services (in non-healthcare settings)

Click the image below to view the state's modified Safer Economy Framework Activity and Business Tiers, offering additional guidance for all sectors to remain open in the Purple Tier.
Local Officials Remind Residents to Get Tested
& Wear Masks to Slow the Spread 
According to the CDPH, more Riverside County residents are getting tested for the virus at approximately 195 people a day per 100,00 residents, up from 139 in early September. The statewide testing median is 239 people a day per 100,000 residents. 

All residents are encouraged to get tested for Covid-19 to contain the disease. Anyone, with or without symptoms or health insurance, can take a free swab test from a county or state-run site.

Visit GetTested.ruhealth.org or call (800) 945-6171 to make an appointment.
Other testing options can be found online at: covid19.ca.gov/get-tested
Ballot drop off is now available at Rancho Mirage City Hall located at
69-825 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270.

Please note:
Pursuant to the County Registrar's office,
the hours for ballot drop off at City Hall are:
Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Riverside County Registrar's Office
Ph: (951) 486-7200 | Toll Free: (800) 773-VOTE(8683)
For more voting information and answers to frequently asked questions,
go to voteinfo.net.

For more information, please call (760) 324-4511, Ext. 488.
Voter Assistance Centers will be available in Rancho Mirage beginning October 31, 2020. These Centers will assist voters with registration, replacement ballots, voting and questions. Please see locations and hours of operation below:

Rancho Mirage Library & Observatory
71-100 Highway 111

The River at Rancho Mirage
71-800 Highway 111, Suite B-119
(former Forever 21 space)


Oct. 31 – Nov. 2, 2020
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Election Day, Nov. 3, 2020
7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The City of Rancho Mirage and Burrtec want to make sure our residents properly dispose of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW). Burrtec provides a safe and convenient way for you to dispose of your HHW and electronics.
Hazardous waste is unused or leftover portions of products containing toxic chemicals used around the home. Products labeled Caution, Warning, Danger, Poison, Toxic, Flammable or Corrosive are considered hazardous materials. Hazardous waste should never be mixed with your regular household trash or recyclables.
Acceptable Items include:
  • Antifreeze
  • Batteries
  • E-Waste
  • Fluorescent Tubes
  • Household Chemicals
  • Fertilizers
  • Medications
  • Old Gasoline, Kerosene
  • Paint
  • Pesticides & Herbicides
  • Pool Chemicals
Call Burrtec at (760) 340-2113 to speak with a representative who will determine the type and amount of materials you have available for collection, then a convenient collection date will be set for your materials to be picked up at your home. Household hazardous waste is picked up on Monday and Tuesday only. Residents should call 72 business hours prior your scheduled service day.
The Rancho Mirage Chamber of commerce launches a holiday shopping initiative to encourage our community to shop early, shop safe and shop local this holiday season.
To read more about "Let's Keep the Cheer Here",
visit the Chamber's website at ranchomiragechamber.org.

The City of Rancho Mirage
has been extended to
November 5, 2020.
The Great Plates Delivered program will continue through November 8, 2020.
If you are a Rancho Mirage resident
65+ or 60-64 and at risk, please
call (877) 652-4844 or email greatplates@ranchomirageca.gov to find out if you qualify to receive free delivered meals through this program. 

If you are already enrolled,
no need to re-enroll.