March 31, 2020
Dear Friends:

During this challenging time, our local grocery stores and pharmacy have set aside specific hours for at-risk customers as well as shoppers ages 65 and over.  Grocers are working around the clock to restock due to the additional surge in demand, to sanitize, and to best serve the evolving needs of our local community. 

Below is a list of business establishments offering special store hours, delivery services or pick-up options.

Albertsons - 40101 Monterey Ave: Senior hours daily 7 a.m. - 9 a.m. | Store hours: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. | Delivery available through website | 760-674-4769
Clark's Nutrition - 34175 Monterey Ave:  Senior hours Tuesday - Thursday 
8 a.m. - 9 a.m. | Store hours: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. | 760-324-4626
Gelson's - 36101 Bob Hope Dr: Senior hour daily 7 a.m. - 8 a.m. | Store hours: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. | Instacart available | 760-770-0010
Walgreens - 72027 Dinah Shore Dr: Senior hour: First Tuesday of the month at 8 a.m. | Store hours: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. | 760-321-4892
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And don't forget there are many of our favorite local restaurants that are still open for take-out, delivery and some are even offering necessities such as simple groceries, click here to view by City. 

In an effort to protect residents, the City has a temporary moratorium on short-term rentals, effective through May 31, 2020. This is necessary to discourage traveling and to promote staying home. We want everyone to be able to have a chance to visit our beautiful desert but, now is not the time - so we encourage those wanting to come to wait to visit. If you see suspected short-term rental activity, please call 760-833-7999. 

And for those that can, I encourage you to make an appointment to give blood. During this time there is still a need for blood and due to circumstances blood drives are not able to operate and promote as normal. Giving blood is not considered social gathering and our friends and neighbors  battling cancer, sickle cell and other conditions still need our help!

LifeStream Blood Bank is monitoring the rapidly evolving outbreak of COVID-19 and is committed to safety for donors, patients, their employees, volunteers, and hospitals they serve in our community. Click below to make an appointment. 

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While we continue to take time apart, don't forget how important it is to stay connected...take time to call friends, family and neighbors who might need to hear a friendly voice. 

Take Care ,
Mayor Iris M. Smotrich
City of Rancho Mirage