Dear Third District Resident,
At the bottom of this email, you will find a list of COVID-19 resources and information. It has been updated as of Tuesday, May 12, 2020. To keep this email relatively brief, some of the older Third District resources are available at supervisorchuckwashington.com/community-resources.
The Riverside County Third District Supervisor’s Office is working remotely to answer constituent questions about property taxes, COVID-19 restrictions and mandates, obtaining benefits and other County-related matters. Staff members are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please call 951-955-1030 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and someone will be in touch with you promptly. You may also visit our Facebook and Instagram pages (@supervisorchuckwashington) and Twitter page (@SupWashington).
COVID-19 Update on Resources and Information
|California Reopening Restaurants
Governor Newsom provided more details on the Phase 2 reopening in his daily update on Tuesday, May 12. This update included statewide industry guidance for businesses that are permitted to open. To see the new guidelines for dine-in restaurants, click here. To see the governor’s full update, visit the governor’s Facebook and Twitter pages: @CAgovernor.
Riverside County COVID-19 Update
As of Tuesday, May 12, 2020, there are 5,248 cases of COVID-19 in Riverside County. There have been 225 deaths and 2,911 recoveries. For more detailed data on the County’s COVID-19 cases, visit www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus. For state updates, visit www.cdph.ca.gov, and for national updates, visit www.cdc.gov.
Last week, after two public comment sessions lasting more than 15 hours, the County of Riverside Board of Supervisors voted to align the County’s public health response to COVID-19 with the state’s guidelines. The County Public Health Officer subsequently rescinded three health orders and amended another order in accordance with the Board’s vote. There has been much confusion regarding the Board’s vote, so I’d like to provide some clarification.
a) School Closures:
The Board voted to modify the school closure order so that it only applies to primary schools, kindergarten through high school. Local restrictions on higher education and vocational schools have been removed, but they still have to follow the State’s phased approach to reopening.
b) Short-Term Lodging:
The Board voted to rescind the County’s order restricting the use of hotels, motels, short-term rentals and other short-term lodging. The State’s stay-at-home order remains in place, and the State says lodging facilities should only open for COVID-19 mitigation and containment measures, treatment measures, providing accommodation for essential workers or providing housing solutions, including measures to protect homeless populations.
c) Golf Courses:
The Board rescinded the health order relating to golf courses, and now the guidance will be aligned with the State’s regarding outdoor activities which lists golf as an allowed activity.
d) Face Coverings and Social Distancing:
The State health order does not mandate specifically the wearing of face coverings nor social distancing but the County will continue to strongly recommend the practices.
Please note that the Board’s vote does NOT reopen any other type of business; it simply removes the local restrictions on short-term lodging and golf courses. The State’s phased approach to reopening businesses remains in effect.
Coming to this decision has not been an easy one but I am comfortable with it because it clarifies and aligns our orders with the State for the benefit of our residents. Rest assured, I am collaborating with my colleagues and other counties to protect the health and welfare of our residents and workforce while working to restore the long-term economic health of our region and state.