On October 20, 2020, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced that Riverside County will move back to the state’s Purple Tier, which is the most restrictive tier that requires several types of businesses and places of worship to move outdoors only, with a 72-hour time frame to adjust their operations. Personal care services in all tiers can remain open indoors with modifications.
The State’s decision to move Riverside County back to the Purple Tier is due to the County’s Covid-19 metrics of 5.2 positivity rate and 9.1 case rate. While the positivity rate is within the Red Tier range, the case rate – cases per 100,000 people – is within the Purple Tier. Riverside County’s case rate is also worsened by the State’s upwards adjustment for not reaching the statewide median of PCR swab tests.
The following businesses will revert back to Purple Tier operating outdoors only with modifications:
- Gyms and fitness centers
- Movie theaters
- Museums, zoos and aquariums
- Places of worship
- Restaurants (dine-in)
For a complete list of businesses and status, go to covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy.
- Schools that have already opened for in-person instruction may continue to do so. Schools and school districts that have not already opened for in-person instruction will need to obtain a waiver, approved by the Riverside County Public Health Officer and CDPH. For a complete list of all schools that have applied for, or received approval for, a waiver, visit rivcoph.org/SchoolWaiver.
- Small private gatherings are allowed outdoors with modifications:
- Masks and physical distancing required
- No more than 3 separate households attend (including the host’s)
- Gatherings should be 2 hours or less
- Those with symptoms must not attend
- Those at high risk of severe illness strongly encouraged not to attend
- Singing, shouting, chanting, or exercising strongly discouraged
Riverside County will remain in the Purple tier for at least three weeks before it can move to the Red Tier once its COVID-19 metrics return to that lower range.
The state has also updated guidance allowing personal care services in all tiers to remain open indoors with modifications, including:
- Esthetic and skin care services
- Electrology services
- Nail services
- Body art professionals, tattoo parlors, and piercing shops
- Massage services (in non-healthcare settings)
According to the CDPH, more Riverside County residents are getting tested for the virus at approximately 195 people a day per 100,00 residents, up from 139 in early September. The statewide testing median is 239 people a day per 100,000 residents.
All residents are encouraged to get tested for Covid-19 to contain the disease. Anyone, with or without symptoms or health insurance, can take a free swab test from a county or state-run site.
Visit GetTested.ruhealth.org or call (800) 945-6171 to make an appointment. Other testing options can be found online at: covid19.ca.gov/get-tested.