On November 17, 2020: As COVID-19 cases increase across the country and California, Governor Gavin Newsom and state public health officials announced immediate actions to slow the spread of the virus.

Governor Newsom is pulling an “emergency brake” on the State’s reopening plan (Blueprint for a Safer Economy), moving 39 counties back into more restrictive Tiers; Riverside County is currently in the most restrictive Purple Tier and will remain there until further notice. Around 94% of the state’s residents now live in the Purple Tier, which prohibits indoor dining, gym workouts and religious services and halts reopening plans for schools that haven’t already opened campuses. Newsom is also considering a statewide curfew to mitigate spread of the virus.
Reminder of the October 20, 2020 Order: The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced that Riverside County was moved 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 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.

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)

Click here to view guidance and checklist

Local Officials Remind Residents to Get Tested & Wear Masks to Slow the Spread 

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