Coronavirus (COVID-19)

County Promotes COVID Testing for All Residents

To more accurate reflect COVID-19 transmission and cases, Public Health is encouraging all residents, even those without symptoms, to get tested. Free testing is available in Lake Elsinore and Temecula. Get more information on testing here, including an interactive map of sites/

Houses of Worship, Beauty Parlors and Barbershops to Reopen

May 26 2020. Churches, temples, synagogues, mosques and other places of worship may now reopen in Riverside County following statewide guidance to allow religious services throughout the state. This statewide allowance comes after Riverside County requested on May 15 for religious services to have special consideration for reopening during the state’s accelerated stage two. In addition, beauty parlors and barber shops may open for certain services. Nail salons remain closed. More on all reopening at

State Loosens County Acceleration Requirements

May 18, 2020. The Governor announced a softening of some requirements for counties to accelerate through Stage 2 of re-opening. This change will allow most of the 58 counties in the state to more forward with dine-in and in person retail operations with accommodations to prevent germ spread.

Murrieta Dog Parks are Now Open

May 15, 2020. Murrieta Parks and Recreation Department announced today that all City Dog Parks are now open to the public. Humans are asked to practice social distancing. Face coverings are encouraged, but not required. Per the Governor’s phased re-opening plan, all play equipment and athletic fields remain closed for now. 

Riverside County Reverts to State Public Health Orders

May 9, 2020. As the State moves into phase two of it’s soft reopening, the County Board of Supervisors voted Friday to rescind the local Public Health Ordinance, which means Riverside County now solely aligns with the State orders. Counties can be more, but not less strict that the State. The move means that face covering are recommended, but no longer required in public places. Private businesses can still ask that you cover your face to protect their staff. See the press release here. Read more here on the State’s Roadmap for Modifications of the Stay-at-Home order.

Environmental Health Shares Recommendations for Shared Pools that Choose to Open

May 6, 2020. With the arrival of warmer weather and many HOAs and shared private pools wondering if it is safe to allow use, the County has released general guidance for shared pools to help reduce germ spread should they decide to open. Read the press release here.

Riverside County Updates and Extends Stay-at-Home Order through June 19, Unless State Acts Sooner

April 29, 2020. To stay aligned with State mandates, the County extended it’s order, which was expires April 30, 2020. It now allows those walking, hiking, running, biking or otherwise away from others outdoors, face coverings are not required. Read the Public Health announcement here and the revised order here.

Public Health Order Amended: Soften Park Regulations and Opens Golf Course with Distancing, Face Coverings

April 20, 2020. The Riverside County Public Health Official yesterday released an amended order relaxing some requirements for parks and trails. While the City is analyzing the order, officially Murrieta parks and trails remain open, but parking lots will now be open to support vehicle traffic. Playgrounds, picnic areas, basketball courts, and other facilities remain closed, but tennis courts are open. Social distancing of 6’ or more and face masks/coverings are required when enjoying outdoor spaces. We anticipate the County releasing more information in the near future. Read more on park closures.

Riverside County Expands Local Testing to Include Those Without Symptoms of COVID-19

April 17, 2020. To provide a fuller picture of COVID-19 in the region, Public Health is now offering testing to individuals without symptoms. This service is available at County testing sites, including the Lake Elsinore drive-through site. Appointments are required by calling 800-945-6171. Drive-ups without appointments cannot be accommodated. View additional information here.

Governor Lays Out Decision Points for Gradual Softening of COVID-19 Orders

April 14, 2020.  noted that the progress in flattening the curve, increased preparedness of our health care delivery system and the effects of other COVID-19 interventions have yielded positive results. However, these actions have also impacted the economy, poverty and overall health care in California. Any consideration of modifying the stay-at-home order must be done using a gradual, science-based and data-driven framework. View the Report

Riverside County Launches Mobile App to Report Nonessential Businesses

April 9, 2020. This mobile app will provide data to public health officials tracking the source of COVID-19 outbreaks. The Murrieta Police COVID-19 hotline, 951-461-6391, will also continue to operate. Read the County’s press release here.

Face Coverings Now Required Outside the Home to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19.

April 6, 2020. Riverside County Public Health last week enhanced their order to require face coverings for all who leave the home. Scarves and fabric are effective; please leave the surgical and N-95 masks for healthcare workers. More at

Stay-at-Home-Order Expanded. No Gatherings of Any Size Outside Your Home Group.

April 6, 2020. For detailed information on the County and State orders, what makes a business or activity essential, please visit our Stay-at-Home Order page.

Concerned about Businesses or Groups Violating Public Health Orders? Call the Police Hotline.

Residents with concerns about potential violations of the order, should call the Police hotline at 951-461-6391 and leave a detailed message for follow-up. Please do not call 9-1-1 unless you are experiencing an immediate, life-threatening emergency.

City Facilities are Closed to the Public. Learn Which Services Continue and How to Access Them.

Call the City’s Virtual Front Counter at 951-304-7489 and we will can help to connect you to the service you’re looking for. For information on the safe plan checks and development services processing, visit our Development Services page.

Local & Regional Resources

State Resources

National Resources

We’re connecting daily with our partners at Riverside County Public Health (the lead agency), and at the state and federal level to access the latest information and will take recommended actions that protect residents. Riverside Co. Public Health is our lead COVID-19 agency and a good source of updated information on the topic, including local impacts, press releases and resources.


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