Cathedral City Extends Face Coverings and Social Distancing Mandate through End of March 2021

CATHEDRAL CITY — Residents here will be required to continue wearing face coverings and adhere to social distancing guidelines for at least three more months, the City Council has decided.

The City Council has authorized the Director of Emergency Services to issue Emergency Order 3C which extends the requirement of facial coverings and social distancing in public settings.  Violations of the order may include a fine of $100 for the first offense and up to $500 for repeat offenses.  Emergency Order 3C will be in place through March 31, 2021, unless extended.

As of Dec. 17, 2020, Cathedral City had a total of 3,450 confirmed COVID-19 cases (an increase of 517 for the week) and 45 reported deaths (an increase of 3 for the week).

Masks and social distancing are required while in public including all essential workers with the following exceptions:

  • When at home
  • Driving alone in the car or with members of their household
  • Children under the age of 2 years
  • While outdoors and/or exercising outdoors as long as you practice social distancing of at least 6 feet between others and have a facial mask readily accessible if you encounter others and are unable to social distance. (walking, hiking, golfing, etc.)
  • Those who have a medical condition that prevents the use of a facial covering and certified by a medical professional.

Businesses must:

  • Require all employees, contractors, owners, and volunteers to wear a face covering at the workplace
  • Inform customers to wear a face covering – including posting signs and advising those standing in line
  • Take reasonable steps to keep people who are not wearing a face covering from entering the business
  • Refuse service to anyone not wearing a face covering
  • Face masks are defined as dense fabric without holes, bandanas, neck gaiter, or other fabric face coverings.

To review Emergency Order 3C, click here.

Image Sources

  • Face masks required: Shutterstock