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 d3email@rivco.org, and someone will be in touch with you promptly. You may also visit our Facebook and Instagram pages (@supervisorchuckwashington) and Twitter page (@SupWashington).

 Sincere regards,

 Chuck Washington 

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 The County Public Health Officer subsequently rescinded three health orders and amended another order in accordance with the Board’s vote.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.

  • Guidance on Pools and Spas
    • Our office has received some questions about how to safely enjoy pools and spas, especially during the hot summer months.
    • The County of Riverside has released some guidelines for operators of community pools at apartment complexes and homeowner’s associations. The full list can be found here.
    • Please note that these are only guidelines for community-owned pools. Those who operate community pools do not have to open their pools if they do not feel that they can do so safely.
    • Residents of the same household can swim together in their own pool, although individuals who are feeling ill should not go in the pool, and homeowners should maintain good levels of chlorine in the pool at all times.  
  • CalFresh Customers Can Buy Groceries Online Through Walmart and Amazon
    • CalFresh customers can now use their Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards to purchase nutritious food online from Amazon and Walmart.
    • The CalFresh Program, also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), issues monthly electronic benefits that can be used at many markets and food stores.
    • While customers can have their orders delivered, fees may apply for purchases less than $35.
    • Riverside County residents who have experienced a change in their circumstances and need additional help can apply for CalFresh at www.GetCalFresh.org or by calling the DPSS Customer Service Center at 800-410-8827.
    • Since DPSS office locations remain closed to the public to limit further spread of COVID-19, customers should go online or call to apply. More information on EBT online purchases can be found here.
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