PALM SPRINGS —  You can now stay in local bars an hour longer beginning Friday, July 31. A supplemental order from the city changes an order issued earlier this week.

In an effort to assist the City of Palm Springs enforce County and State COVID-19 regulations — restaurants, bars, wineries, distilleries and breweries must now close at 12 a.m. midnight until 5 a.m. An earlier City order required those establishments to close at 11 p.m.

The supplemental order comes on the heels of pushback from owners of restaurants, bars, wineries, distilleries and breweries whose bottom line is already being crippled by the virus.

The order is designed to minimize large gatherings and ultimately halt the spread of COVID-19.

“The City of Palm Springs recognizes that during the summer when extreme heat is an issue for everyone, diners may prefer to eat outdoors later than usual,” City Manager David H. Ready said in a news release. “With that in mind, we determined it would be reasonable that these establishments may stay open until midnight.”

The temporary order will remain until the COVID-19 emergency is abated. The order does not apply to drive-through or pick-up operations.

To view the full order, click here.

Gov. Gavin Newsom on July 1 ordered — effective immediately — a three-week closure of bars and indoor restaurant operations among certain other businesses in Riverside and 18 other counties to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus ahead of Fourth of July weekend.

The governor’s order also covers indoor operations of movie theaters, wineries, tasting rooms, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums and cardrooms. This encompass more than 70% of California’s population.



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