According to the state's revamped website, every county in California is assigned to a tier based on its rate of new cases and positivity. The new guidance does not include information about when gatherings or events may resume and does not allow festivals, live audiences at sporting events or concert venues to be open in any of the tiers.
Riverside County is currently in Tier 1 - Purple. In this tier, personal care services and shopping malls are permitted to resume indoor operations, with modifications. Restaurants, gyms, museums are still only permitted to operate outdoors until Riverside County moves into Tier 2.
Bars, brewpubs and breweries that do not provide sit-down meals are closed. Alcoholic beverages can only be sold in the same transaction as a meal.
Please be sure to check with restaurants for al fresco dining or takeout and delivery options HERE.
For more information, click here.
Please know that while the safety of our visitors, staff and local community has always been a top priority, we recognize it’s even more important today. Which is why the Greater Palm Springs tourism industry is making a Safer Together Greater Together Pledge to implement the latest safety guidelines so you can feel confident that our oasis remains a healthy, positive and inclusive destination for all.
To search for lodging, businesses and attractions that have taken the Safer Together, Greater Together destination pledge, visit gpsPLEDGE.com.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are hotels, restaurants, and attractions doing to help protect visitors?
The Greater Palm Springs tourism industry is pledging to implement the latest safety guidelines developed by the State of California and leading industry associations. Our Safer Together, Greater Together Pledge offers a unified commitment destination-wide among all businesses—including hotels, restaurants and attractions—which promise to institute core safety practices such as:
- Performing a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan
- Training employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, including how to screen themselves for symptoms and to stay home if they have them
- Implementing individual control measures and screenings
- Implementing disinfecting protocols
- Implementing physical distancing guidelines
- Staying informed of and implement the latest best practices
To learn more about the extra precautions our local businesses and tourism partners are taking to protect visitors, go to gpsPLEDGE.com.
Are masks required?
Yes, face coverings (scarves, masks, bandanas, etc.) are mandatory in the state of California. You can learn more about the governor’s order here.
Which restaurants have outdoor dining?
Which restaurants are offering takeout or delivery?
Is dine-in available?
Riverside County is currently in Tier 1- Purple. In this tier, restaurants are not permitted to resume indoor operations. Many of Greater Palm Springs’ eateries offer patio dining and continue to serve guests outdoors.
Bars, brewpubs and breweries that do not provide sit-down meals are closed until Riverside County moves into Tier 3. Alcoholic beverages can only be sold in the same transaction as a meal.
For more information, click here.
Which attractions are open?
Below are some of Greater Palm Springs's major attractions and their status of being opened. Please visit the attraction's website for hours of operations.
- The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens - open
- Palm Springs Air Museum - open
- Palm Springs Aerial Tramway - closed
Are spas & salons open?
Spas and salons are allowed to be open at this time. Some may be open for outdoor service following the state of California’s guidance. Prior to visiting, you will want to call ahead to check with them for services and hours of operations.
Are stores open for shopping?
Stores are allowed to be open at this time, following safety protocols such as wearing a face covering and social distancing. Prior to visiting, you will want to call ahead to check with them for hours of operations.
Are hotels taking reservations?
Yes, most hotels in Greater Palm Springs are open. Get more information on hotels in Greater Palm Springs.
What precautions are hotels taking when cleaning rooms?
Greater Palm Springs hotels are implementing additional safety practices to protect guests and employees. Those measures include requiring that guests and employees wear face coverings in public spaces and implementing more frequent sanitation of high-touch areas, as well as following the guidance of the State of California for reopening.
While many hotels in our destination are associated with a national chain and will establish their own set of standards with additional requirements, all hotels in Greater Palm Springs that have taken our Safer Together, Greater Together Pledge Safer Together, Greater Together Pledge have agreed to follow the best-practice industry safety standards and expectations as outlined by the State of California, Riverside County, and the CDC.
Are the pools open at hotels?
Pools are allowed to be open at this time, following safety protocols such as wearing a face covering and social distancing, however spas and water features, such as slides and splash parks, are not currently permitted under the state’s guidance. Prior to visiting, you will want to call ahead to ensure the hotel you are planning to visit has an open pool.
Greater Palm Springs comprises nine distinct cities and several unincorporated areas of Riverside County. While the destination as a whole is governed by the guidelines set by the State of California and Riverside County, each city sets its own regulations on reopening, including the wearing of face masks and guidelines for stores, restaurants and other attractions. See links below for guidelines and updates specific to each city.
Prior Updates & Official Orders
On July 13, 2020, the State of California mandated that the following industries close their indoor operations in Riverside County in addition to those mandated on July 1: fitness centers, worship services, protests, offices for non-essential sectors, personal care services, like nail salons, body waxing and tattoo parlors, hair salons and barbershops and malls. Click here to learn more.
On July 1, 2020, the State of California mandated that following industries close their indoor operations in Riverside County: restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums, and card rooms. Outdoor operations and pick-up or delivery options can continue to operate. Click here to learn more.
On June 29, 2020, the Health Officer for the County of Riverside issued and order closing brewpubs, breweries, bars, and pubs. Click here to read full order.
On June 19, 2020, the State of California allowed the reopening of personal care services, including nail salons, estheticians and massage therapists. More information can be found HERE (PDF: 6/12/20).
On June 18, 2020, the State of California mandated that face coverings must be worn in common and public indoor spaces and outdoors when distancing is not possible. Learn more about the guidance and limited exceptions HERE (PDF: 6/18/20).
On June 12, 2020, the State of California allowed the reopening of new sectors including hotels to tourism, family entertainment, gyms and bars. Riverside County has issued guidance for those industries to be followed along with the state guidance.
On May 29, 2020, the State of California approved short-term vacation rentals to resume. Click here to read full News Release.
On May 26, 2020, the State of California approved barbershops and hair salons can now open with guidelines. Click here to read full News Release.
On May 25, 2020, the State of California approved the county’s request to open for religious services with limitations. Click here to read full News Release.
On May 22, 2020, the California Department of Public Health approved the county’s request to reopen more businesses as part of accelerated phase two. This included retail stores, shopping malls, swap meets, dine-in restaurants, and schools with modifications. Click here to read full News Release.
On May 9, 2020, the Health Officer for the County of Riverside issued and order rescinding the previous public health orders related to short term lodging facilities, golf course restrictions, and use of facial coverings and practice of social distancing to align with the State’s orders as they now exist. Click here to read full order.
On April 29, 2020, the Health Officer for the County of Riverside issued an amendment to the Governor's stay-at-home order as it pertains to face covering worn in public. Click here to read the full order.
On April 24, 2020, the city of Palm Springs amended a supplementary order related to trails, parks, golf courses, and recreational facilities. Click here to read full order.
On April 20, 2020 Riverside County Public Health Officer issued an order allowing golf course to operate with restrictions. This order was subsequently amended on May 1, 2020. Click here to read full order.
On April 20, 2020 Riverside County Public Health Officer issued an order allowing outdoor recreational activities including hiking, biking, tennis, and pickleball. Click here to read full order.
On April 3, 2020 Riverside County Public Health Officer issued an order extending short-term lodging facilities through June 19, 2020. The press release sent on April 6, 2020 further states, “If these standards are followed and positive progress is made to reduce the number of COVID-19 cases, the restrictions may be lifted earlier. Click here to read full order.
On April 2, 2020 Riverside County Public Health Officer ordered all golf course to close including public and private courses. Click here to read full order.
On March 27, 2020, the Health Officer for the County of Riverside issued a clarification to the Governor's stay-at-home order as it pertains to the closures of hotels, short-term vacation rentals, timeshares and other short-term lodgings. Click here to read the full order. PDF File.
On March 19, 2020, Governor Newsom issued an order all residents of the state of California to stay at home or their place of residence to protect public health. Exceptions to this order are outlined at https://www.cisa.gov/critical-infrastructure-sectors.
This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation; the best resources for up-to date information can be found on the following resource sites:
Riverside County Public Health: https://www.rivcoph.org/
State of California: https://covid19.ca.gov/
California Dept. of Public Health: www.cdph.ca.gov