City Leaders Say You Can Ditch The Facemask If You Need Dental Work Done

The City of Palm Springs would like to advise the community that it is amending its indoor face covering mandate to create an exemption limited to those services where the removal of a face covering is necessary contingent on patrons demonstrating proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours.

Examples of exempt indoor services include a dentist office, esthetician or salon, where the services would require the removal of face coverings.

On Thursday, August 5th 2021, in an effort to keep our community safe amidst growing concerns about the spread of the Delta variant and a surge in local COVID-19 cases, the City Council approved new Citywide COVID-19 safety requirements.


The new regulations approved by City Council are as follows:

• Effective immediately, customers, employees and other visitors are required to wear face coverings in indoor settings, such as stores and
restaurants, regardless of vaccination status.

• Proof of vaccine or negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours required indoors when entering a bar or restaurant. Restaurants and bars have three weeks to implement the necessary requirements. Deadline is Thursday, Aug. 26th 2021.

• Proof of vaccination status or proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours required for all ticketed, City-permitted large events, such as Splash House and Dinah Shore Weekend, effective immediately.

• Face coverings required at VillageFest, the City’s weekly Thursday night street fair, beginning Thursday, Aug. 12th 2021.

• City employees required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID- 19 test.

On Monday August 2nd 2021, the City of Palm Springs began requiring mandatory face coverings for all City employees and patrons indoors at all City facilities, and by City employees while outdoors and interacting closely with others.


For more information about the requirements and updates regarding the City’s COVID-19 response, visit


Dentist’s hands probing inside a patient’s mouth.  Photo by Alpha Media USA Portland OR