Desert Hot Springs News

May 22 Coronavirus Update - Reopening Local Businesses

Posted by City of Desert Hot Springs on May 22, 2020 5:18:14 PM

The California Department of Public Health has approved Riverside County’s request to move into the State’s accelerated Phase Two of reopening. Effective immediately, many local businesses are approved for reopening with modifications.


What Can Open?
The decision to reopen is ultimately up to individual business owners, but businesses in these categories are approved to do so:
-Destination retail (retail stores), including shopping malls and swap meets
-Dine-in restaurants (other amenities, like bars or gaming areas, are not permitted in Stage 2)
-Schools with modifications
-Childcare for those outside of the essential workforce
-Office-based businesses (telework remains strongly encouraged)
-Select services: car washes, pet grooming, and landscape gardening
-Outdoor museums, and open gallery spaces and other public spaces with modifications


What CAN'T Open?
Further nonessential businesses, are not approved at this time, including:
-Personal services such as nail salons, tattoo parlors, gyms and fitness studios
-Indoor museums, kids museums and gallery spaces, zoos and libraries
-Community centers, including public pools, playgrounds, and picnic areas
-Limited-capacity religious services and cultural ceremonies
-Concert venues
-Live audience sports
-Theme parks
-Hotels/lodging for leisure and tourism – non-essential travel
-Higher Education


According to the Riverside County Safe Reopening guidelines, businesses are expected to complete, implement, and publicize a Safe Opening Plan that incorporates the following elements, as appropriate:


  1. Signage

Businesses should post signs at each public entrance explaining safety measures required for entrance. The following measures are recommended: the use of face coverings, six-foot social distancing, and barring entry to those with a cough, fever, or other illness.


  1. Employee Health

Businesses should educate employees on safety measures and tell them not to come to work when ill. To maintain employee health, businesses should:

  • Sanitize breakrooms, bathrooms, common areas and high-touch surfaces regularly
  • Post the anticipated cleaning schedule
  • Post facility handwashing stations
  • Maximize teleworking opportunities
  • Recommend or require employees to use face coverings
  • Separate workstations by panels and at least six feet of physical distance
  • Supply adequate and suitable protective gear as appropriate


  1. Client & Customer Health

While this component is expected of all businesses, facilities may choose which of the following guidelines to implement as appropriate:

  • Establish a maximum number of clients and customers within the facility
  • Require customers to wear facial coverings
  • Offer curbside or outdoor service
  • Place tape or floor markings within queues to assist in social distancing
  • Implement separations between employees and customers
  • Offer services by appointment



Businesses are encouraged to implement the full Riverside County Safe Reopening guidelines, available HERE.


Specific state guidelines for dine-in restaurants are available HERE.


For State guidelines for retail stores and shopping centers, please click HERE.


Future updates will be posted on this website and social media. For additional COVID-19 news, see our dedicated coronavirus updates webpage.

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