Latest City Re-Opening News
Low Testing Contributes to Slide Back into More Restrictive Purple Tier
October 20, 2020. Riverside County’s metrics include a 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. Read the full release from Riverside County Public Health.
Declining Number and Increased Testing Allow Some Re-openings
September 22, 2020. Today Riverside County moved into the less restrictive Red Tier, which allows indoor operations in many sectors. The number of tests, the number of cases and the positivity rate are all factors in how quickly we open--and stay open. www.covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/ will take you to an interactive page where you can see exactly what's open and required modifications by business sector.
State Unveils New Reopening Metrics
August 29, 2020. Effective Tuesday, September 1, 2020, barbershops, hair salons, all retail and malls may reopen indoors (with modifications) as part of the State's simplified, four-tiered system to guide reopening over the long-term. A county's tier placement is determined by the number of cases and the positivity rate. While Riverside County remains on the watch list at the highest tier with an 8.6 positivity rate, our numbers continue to drop. When we stay below the tier's threshold for three weeks, the County can move to the next, less restrictive tier and off the watch list. www.covid19.ca.gov has added an interactive tool where you can look up the status of business sector openings, view county numbers and link directly to safe re-opening guidelines.
View the City Guidelines for Outdoor Dining, Personal Services and Fitness Centers
August 24, 2020. The City continues to temporarily suspending some parking rules and fees to support outdoor operations as allowed by the State for a variety of sectors, including restaurants, gyms and hair salons/barbershops. View the guidelines under Local Actions on this page.
Where to Dine AlFresco? We have the List!
August 12. 2020. With modified the outdoor dining allowed, the City has been working to help local restaurants that may not have an existing patio make the transition to parking lot or sidewalk dining. We reached out to see who is currently offering alfresco dining. You can View the list here.
City Awards First Murrieta Back to Business Grant
August 5, 2020. City of Murrieta issued its first Back-to-Business grant of $10K to Martin Corso, owner and Chef at The Chef’s Grille restaurant on Jefferson Avenue in Murrieta. The funds will support lease and payroll expenses, and are designed to strengthen small businesses impacted by COVID19. Read the press release or view some pictures from the event.
Clarifications on Latest Closures
July 20, 2020. Gyms, houses of worship, restaurants, offices for non-critical sectors and most hair salon and barber shop services are allowed to operate outdoors. The July 13, 2020, halted indoor operations only. The exception is bars, which must close indoor and outdoor services, unless they are also serving food. More at: www.covid19.ca.gov.
State Announces Additional Limits to Indoor Operations
July 13, 2020. In response to continued increases in COVID-19 rates, the State has ordered that fitness centers, worship services, offices for non-critical sectors, personal care services, hair salons and barber shops stop all indoor operations. This applies to all counties, on the State monitoring list, which includes Riverside. More information on the State of California COVID website. View the full order here.
To Maintain Continuity of Services, City Hall Reinstates its Public Closure
July 4, 2020. To help ensure continuity of services to the community during increased COVID-19 activity, City Hall is reinstating its public closure effective July 6, 2020. We will keep most operations in place behind the scenes and virtually.
Governor Pulls Back Re-opening in Response to Growing Numbers
July 1, 2020. Nineteen counties, including Riverside have been ordered to stop all indoor operations in restaurants, wineries, theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos and museums and cardrooms. Bars are fully ordered closed in all 19 counties. This order is effective immediately. More information is available at www.covid19.ca.gov
Riverside County Public Health Closes Bars Countywide
In response to a growing number of COVID-19 cases, the County has order all bars closed effective June 30 and until further notice. Read the full release here.
County to Begin COVID-19 Anitibody Study
June 22, 2020. Riverside County will invite a statistically representative sample (about 3,500) residents to participate in COVID-19 antibody testing. Officials say that the information will help them understand the prevalence of the disease and how it has spread in communities. Read more here. Those not invited who are interested in testing, can contact their medical provider or participate in an upcoming Life Stream blood drive, which includes free antibody testing. As a reminder: There is still uncertainty about whether the presence of antibodies provides long-term immunity.
Face Coverings Now Required Statewide
June 18, 2020. In an effort to reduce the spread of COVD-19, the State has announced effective immediately, Californians must wear face coverings in common and public indoor spaces and outdoors when distancing is not possible. Learn more about the guidance and limited exceptions here.
Nail Salons Get the County OK
June 17, 2020. Riverside County announced that additional personal care businesses, including nail salons and body art shops, may reopen in on Friday (June 19) with increased measures to slow the spread of coronavirus. In addition, wedding ceremonies, (using guidelines for religious services) and libraries (using retail guidelines) may open Friday. These businesses are part of the state’s new guidance to include more industries in accelerated stage two, as announced on June 12, 2020. View the press release. On June 12, 2020. California gave counties the OK to decide if nail salons, tattoo parlors to reopen starting June 19, 2020. We are waiting to hear from the County on how this impacts our region.
County Moves Forward with Additional Re-Openings
June 10, 2020. Riverside County Public Health has announced the following business are eligible to re-open beginning Friday, June 12, 2020, as we continue through accelerated Stage 2 of the State’s re-opening plan. They also emphasize the need for distancing and face covering to counter a growing number of cases. Read the full release.
- Hotels, motels, inns (for tourism and travel)
- Schools, day camps, daycares
- Campgrounds and outdoor recreation
- Filming for television and music industries
- Restaurants, bars and wineries
- Theme parks (no rides), zoos and museums
- Professional sports (no audience)
- Movie theaters and family entertainment centers
- Gyms and fitness centers
Back-to-Business Grants Closed
June 8, 2020. Pre-applications have closed for the City’s Back-to-Business grants. We will be reaching out to all applicants this week, and the first 25 qualified applicants will more forward. Make sure to check out other business support opportunities at www.MurrietaCA.gov/businessgrants.
State Moves Forward With Additional Re-Openings
June 7, 2020. The State has given counties the option to schools, open day camps, bars, gyms, campgrounds and professional sports to begin reopening with precautions in a week. Hotels, casinos, museums, zoos and aquariums and resuming music, film and television production may also resume in select counties. More at the COVID State Reopening Website.Re-openings, while allowed in these sectors, are now under the authority of the County and School District and must be in accordance with state guidelines to decrease germ spread.
City Establishes Business Grant Program
June 3, 2020. The Murrieta City Council approved a small business grant program, with a total of $250K available ($10K per eligible business) for local businesses impacted by COVID-19. More at www.MurrietaCA.gov/businessgrants.
City Hall Opens It’s Doors
June 1, 2020. Murrieta City Hall has opened its doors, initially with limited public hours from 8 a.m. to noon M-Th and alternate Fridays. We have implemented modifications per public health guidelines and require all visitors to cover their face and participate in a quick screening before. Get more information here on visiting City Hall.
Barbershops and Beauty Salons May Open
May 26, 2020. Barbershops and hair salons may now reopen in Riverside County following statewide guidance to allow for haircuts, styling and coloring. The new guidelines, part of an ongoing acceleration that further opens the state economy, were announced Tuesday, View more.
Churches Get the OK to Open in Riverside Co.
May 25, 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. View more.
RivCo Meets Guidelines for Accelerated Re-Opening
On May 22, 2020, Riverside County received approval for acceleration through Stage 2, allowing us to open in-house dining and in-person shopping with accommodations. The City of Murrieta is working with restaurants to relax parking requirements and facilitate more outdoor dining.
Getting back to business safely is a priority for our community. We will continue to advocate and support local business while emphasizing best practices in public health. We will push to get rules changed that may not be a match for us, take action where we have the authority, and demonstrate cooperation in challenging times. These pages will reflect the latest information on our re-opening process and how businesses can prepare to open safely.
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Updated October 20, 2020
State Re-opening Guideline Docs
View more on the State website
- Blueprint for a Safer Economy
to check re-opening status of specific business sectors.
- Re-opening Roadmap
- Employer Reopening Playbook
- Support for Working Families
- Guidance for Fitness Centers
- Checklist for Gyms & Fitness Centers
- Personal Care Services Outdoors
(hair and nail salons)
- Dept of Consumer Affairs Guidance for Outdoor Hair and Nail Salons
- Outdoor/Takeout Restaurants
- Real Estate Transactions
- Cooling Centers
- Outdoor Museums
- Campgrounds & Outdoor Rec.
- Hotels & Short Term Rentals
- City Offers Grants for Small Business
- Supporting Restaurants with Relaxed Parking Rules
- Outdoor Gyms & Fitness Centers
- Outdoor Hair and Nail Salon Flyer
- Outdoor Dining Program Flyer
- Murrieta Readiness to Re-Open Letter to Governor
- County Readiness to Re-Open Letter to Governor
- Regional Letter to County BOS
- County Readiness and Re-Opening Framework
- Murrieta Business Re-Opening Guide pdf