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Business Services

The State of California Orders Closure of all indoor dining and indoor activities for three weeks

On July 1, the State of California ordered the closure of all indoor dining and activities in 19 counties, including Riverside County for at least three weeks, until further order by the State and County. Businesses ordered to cease indoor operations include the following sectors:

  • Indoor Dine-in restaurants (Outdoor dining service & take-out/delivery are permitted)
  • Indoor Wineries and Tasting Rooms
  • Indoor Family Entertainment Centers
  • Indoor Movie Theaters
  • Indoor Zoos and Museums
  • Indoor Cardrooms

Religious services, outdoor zoos and museums are not included in the this new order.

To view the California Department of Public Health’s press release, click here.

County Of Riverside Closing All Brewpubs, Breweries, Bars & Pubs Until Further Notice

Brewpubs, breweries, bars, and pubs not offering sit-down and dine-in meal service, shall close effective June 30, 2020 at 2:01 a.m. Bar areas in dine-in restaurants that cannot follow the dine-in restaurant guidance shall also remain closed. These establishments will be allowed to resume operation only when state guidance and local permission permit so.

The CDPH Guidance on Bar Closures can be found at:

To view the full County of Riverside Order, click here.

Riverside County Offers Small Business Grant

Riverside County has just launched Round 2 of the Covid-19 Business Assistance Grant Program!
More businesses are now eligible for $10,00 grants including:
  • Sole proprietors with no employees
  • Businesses that have received the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (Advance)

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Eligible use of funds include:

Payroll/Employee retention
Working Capital
Purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE)
Rent or mortgage payments
Paying vendor invoices

Grants are awarded on a first-come, first served basis.  Applications will be accepted on June 29 at 5:00 p.m. until August 31, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

For more information or to apply, please visit

On June 2, 2020, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors passed two critical pieces of legislation to assist small businesses and landlords affected by the COVID-19 pandemic:

Small business grant program allocating $50 million for direct grants to small businesses. The deadline for applications is June 19, 2020. This will be done by a lottery system, not on a first come first serve basis. For information on eligibility and program guidelines, please go to:

  • A $33 million rental assistance program to provide direct cash payments to landlords for residents experiencing rental delinquencies due to the COVID 19 pandemic. The City will send out specific details of this program when finalized by the County.  Click here to view the Desert Sun Article about the program.
    The City will continue to keep residents and businesses up-to-date on COVID-19 assistance programs and resources.
Stage 2 – Business Opening.  The state has issuing guidance to help these workplaces reopen safely.

Cooling Centers
Dine-in restaurants
Hair salons
Outdoor museums
Places of worship
Shopping centers

Short-Term Rental Moratorium:

The City of Rancho Mirage’s Short-Term Rental (STR) Moratorium expired on June 30, 2020, and all STR certificate holders will be allowed to resume operation on July 1, 2020. It is critical that short-term rentals adhere to the State guidelines for their operation, including but not limited to:

  • Establish a property-specific written COVID-19 prevention plan.
  • Establish routine and thorough cleaning and disinfecting protocols between guests.
  • Educate guests on the COVID-19 prevention protocols you have implemented for your property, prior to their arrival.
  • Requirement for face coverings when employees are present with guests at the property.

A complete copy of the State’s guidance for Short-Term Rentals is available here.

It is also critical to adhere to the new statewide requirement for face coverings with limited exceptions, available here.

All questions about the STR Moratorium must be directed to the Code Compliance Division by emailing or by calling (760) 770-3220.

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County residents who lost employment because of the coronavirus epidemic may receive up to $800 in job loss benefits thanks to a $252,000 state grant received by the Riverside County Workforce Development Division.