If you’re planning a Greater Palm Springs getaway, you probably have nothing but enjoying some rays, chilling by the pool and sipping some classic cocktails on your mind. And we don’t blame you. Our Southern California oasis is the perfect sun-kissed escape after months of staying at home, and we’re so excited to welcome you back—but in order to keep our visitors, hospitality workers and local community safe, we’re asking everyone to travel responsibly.

Safe travel is a partnership between the destination and you. For that reason, we have established a Safer Together, Greater Together Pledge as our commitment to providing an environment that encourages the safety of all.

What does that mean, exactly? In addition to the steps we are taking, below are a few travel “musts” that you can do to help put everyone’s well-being first (without sacrificing any wanderlust):

Wear a Face Covering
Swimsuit? Check. Sunglasses? Check. Mask? Triple check. While packing all the necessities for your Greater Palm Springs getaway, don’t forget to add that comfortable face covering—mask, scarf or bandana—to your bag.

Many health officials have stressed the importance of wearing a mask to help significantly slow the spread of infection, and face coverings must be worn at all times in California when in public or high-risk settings by mandate by the state’s governor. You can find out more about the governor’s order HERE.

Have your face covering handy when out and about or even in your hotel lobby, as Greater Palm Springs businesses require them in order for you to enter. 

Practice Social Distancing
Whether you’re soaking up some sun poolside, planning an early morning round of golf or shopping the high-end stores along El Paseo, be sure to give yourself, and others, some space.

The CDC recommends staying at least 6 feet apart, and Greater Palm Springs hotels, restaurants and attractions are taking additional steps, such as placing line markers on the floor and creating extra room between dining tables, to ensure everyone feels safe.

You can also learn more about what our hotels, restaurants, attractions and more are doing to put your health and safety first on gpsPLEDGE.com.

Follow Healthy Travel Practices
In addition to masking up and social distancing, be sure to stay up-to-date on best travel practices outlined by the CDC and local health officials, such as washing your hands often and avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth. 

And while Greater Palm Springs as a whole is following guidelines set by the State of California and Riverside County, each of our nine distinct cities—Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Indio and Coachella—has set its own regulations on reopening responsibly. We’ve rounded up a list of city resources to help guide you during your stay.

Check In & Chill Out
Even though you’ll be traveling a little differently right now, that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice what you came here to do.

So grab some sunscreen and spend the day lounging by the pool. Walk with wallabies at The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens. Or cool off with a frozen date shake. Just relax and unwind doing what brings you joy—and find your oasis, responsibly.