Palm Springs, Then Cathedral City Impose Restrictions As Covid-19 Spreads; No Action From Governor Newsom

The Director of Emergency Services for the City of Cathedral City has issued Emergency Order 4 today that mandates the following:


“That all persons, whether or not vaccinated for COVID-19, shall wear a mask while in public indoor settings owned or controlled by the City of Cathedral City unless specifically exempted under the current order of the California Public Health Officer.”


This order would include City Hall, the Police Department, Fire Stations, and the Cathedral City Public Library.  The order is in response to rising number of coronavirus cases in the City and the ability for those vaccinated and unvaccinated to spread coronavirus, especially the new Delta variant.


According to the CDC and leading health experts, your best defense to avoid getting severely ill from COVID-19 and the Delta variant is to get the FDA approved vaccines authorized for emergency use.  To schedule a vaccination appointment, contact your medical provider or local pharmacy.  To schedule an appointment through the Riverside County Department of Health, go to or to learn about the safety of the vaccines, go to or your medical provider.  There are no more long lines, wait times, or the need to drive any far distance.


By getting vaccinated, you can significantly reduce your chances of being hospitalized.  By getting vaccinated, you can keep your family and community safe.  By getting vaccinated, you can help keep our businesses open and the economy growing in California.  By wearing a mask indoors, you help slow the COVID-19 spread.


Information from the City of Palm Springs.


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 Palm Springs City Council,  on Wednesday night August 4th, 2021, approved new Citywide COVID-19 safety

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.

“The top priority of the City Council is always the health and safety of our community and we have heard from our residents, businesses and workers overwhelmingly that they want their leaders to set an example and implement necessary precautions to keep Palm Springs safe,” said Mayor Christy Holstege,  who called for the August 4th 2021  special meeting to consider the new safety requirements.

“We have made hard decisions quickly to hopefully prevent harder decisions in the near future,” said Holstege. “Our residents, businesses and workers recognize the need to once again pivot, and the City Council has listened. I am extremely proud of our community.”

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



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