With businesses reopening and the new City Hall nearing completion, Mayor Scott Matas and Assistant City Manager Doria Wilms provided an update on City news on June 19.
According to Mayor Matas, the County of Riverside is currently hovering at an 8% positive test rate for COVID-19. Cases are rising again statewide, which recently led California Governor Gavin Newsom to mandate the use of face coverings in all public settings statewide.
Assistant City Manager Wilms explained that masks "allow us to responsibly reopen" in that they add an extra layer of protection from the possibility of asymptomatic spread.
Antibody tests are also available for free through LabCorps, but there is a $10 processing fee. Sign up for that test HERE.
Meanwhile, personal care services are officially reopened as of today, June 19.
Riverside County released reopening guidelines for that sector and others HERE.
With the reopening of gyms, Desert Hot Springs is thrilled to announce that the City gym at the Health & Wellness Center and the Furbee Aquatics Center will reopen on July 6. There will be reduced offerings in order to ensure compliance with County guidelines, and social distancing must be observed.
With July 4 approaching, the number of complaints regarding illegal fireworks has skyrocketed. If you are caught in the act of using such fireworks, you will receive a $1,000 fine with no warning.
Beginning on June 28, however, five non-profit stands will offer "Safe and Sane" fireworks until midnight on July 4. These fireworks do not explode, do not go into the air, and are approved for use in the City.
Palm Drive Safety Corridor
The safety corridor on Palm Drive is nearly completed. The last phase will include street lights at Desert View and Palm, Cholla and Pierson, and other locations. These projects were largely funded by grants to make the street safer for pedestrians and bicyclists.
New City Hall
Finally, City departments are slated to begin moving in to the new City Hall in July. The first City Council meeting will take place on September 1 in the new City Council Chambers. Until then, meetings will be held on Zoom.
Stay tuned for more updates and watch the video HERE.