Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser has issued several orders in recent days aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. As information continues to change rapidly, these are the key takeaways for our community.
1. All golf courses are closed, except for courses allowing walkers.
In this April 2 order, Dr. Kaiser said, "There was some confusion over the closure of golf courses, and we believe this order makes it perfectly clear that golf courses are not an essential business and people must stop gathering on courses." People may walk or run on some courses for exercise, while practicing social distancing and wearing a face mask.
2. Stay home and cover your face when leaving.
Dr. Kaiser's April 4 order represents a tightening of the existing stay at home order. First, Dr. Kaiser ordered that "no gatherings of any number of people may take place, outside of family members residing in the same home." In addition, everyone must "wear a face covering when leaving home, including essential workers. Face coverings can be bandanas, scarves, neck gaiters or other clothing that does not have visible holes." Dr. Kaiser cautioned that residents should not purchase N95 or surgical masks, as these limited resources are needed for healthcare workers and other first responders.
“While more and more Riverside County residents are getting COVID-19, not everybody’s getting the message,” Dr. Kaiser explained. “It started with staying home, social distance and covering your face. But now we change from saying that you should to saying that you must.”
It's important to note that essential businesses are still open, as long as customers practice social distancing and wear face coverings.
Churches, synagogues and other houses of worship are NOT considered essential businesses, and must be closed, even during Easter. “Palm Sunday, Passover and Easter are sacred days. The best way to practice our love for God is loving our fellow neighbor. That means staying home and observing the holidays at home,” said Supervisor V. Manuel Perez.
3. Short-term lodging restrictions have been extended to June 19.
On April 6, Dr. Kaiser extended the order requiring hotels, motels, and short-term home rentals to restrict business COVID-19 response only. The order explained, "Activities that are still allowed under this order include providing lodging to protect the homeless population or for essential workers. Providing lodging for anyone who must leave their home to safely isolate away from other family members, or family members displaced due to someone self-isolating at home, are also permitted under the order." Dr. Kaiser said that the order may be lifted sooner, if the COVID-19 concern abates.
For additional coronavirus updates, visit our dedicated webpage HERE.