Latest City Re-Opening News
Re-openings Start Tomorrow: County Advances into State’s Red Tier
March 16, 2021. The California Department of Public Health today moved Riverside County into the red tier of the State’s reopening framework, allowing for more businesses to resume indoor operations. This includes indoor dining and gyms, theaters, and expanded retail. View the release here.
County OKs Outdoor Entertainment with Limited Spectators
March 9, 2021. Starting April 1, live outdoor events may resume in Riverside County with limited spectators, including outdoor sporting events and live performances based on new state guidance. The number of spectators allowed is dependent on the county’s color-coded tier of the state’s reopening framework.View the press release here.
New Vaccination Sites Open Near Murieta
March 3, 2021. The State has opened an OptumServe in Norco (1377 Hamner Ave.), Temecula (39716 Winchester Road), and the vaccine site at the Lake Elsinore Stadium, which previously operated two days a week, has expanded its hours and now operates Thursday through Monday. Visit the Riverside County Vaccination Website for information on all vaccination sites in Riverside County and to make appointments.
Projected ICU Cases Drop. Governor Lifts Regional Stay at Home Orders
January 25, 2021. Four-week projections show ICU capacity moving to above 15% statewide, which returns counties to the tier-based system. Masks, social distancing, keeping activities outdoors when possible, and handwashing remain essential as we move forward—more information at www.covid19.c.a.gov. Read the release from Public Health here.
Riverside County Moves Forward with Local Vaccinations
January 13, 2021. Having moved through the initial vaccination of healthcare workers, Public Health is hosting vaccination clinics throughout the County for residents 65 and older, first responders, and healthcare workers who missed the first round. Clinics fill quickly, and Public Health encourages residents to visit their Vaccination Website for updates and clinic schedules regularly.
State Announces Funding for Phased School Reopening Plan
December 31, 2020. $2 billion has been proposed in the State Budget for the safe reopening of schools beginning in February, with a priority for returning the youngest children (TK-2nd grade) and those who are most disproportionately impacted first, then returning other grade levels to in-person instruction through the spring. Read more.
Loma Linda Issues Statement Calling for Public Support of Safety Measures
Vaccination of Front Line Health Workers to Begin this Week
December 14, 2020. Riverside County Public Health announced today that vaccines are anticipated to arrive at hospital and public health facilities by Friday, December 18, 2020, for the first stage of the vaccination process. Read the press release here. View the vaccine fact sheet here.
City Services Continue During Regional Order, Some Events/Programs Cancelled
December 10, 2020. While City Hall continues working behind the scenes, several events and programs have been impacted by the Governor's regional Stay-at-Home order and related staffing issues. Library Drive-Thru services are on hold, the Hometown Holiday Light Show Drive-Thru has been canceled, and plan and permit submission hours have been reduced to 9 a.m. to noon only. If you have any questions about City services, please call the mainline at 951-304-2489.
Regional Stay at Home Order Begins Sunday
December 5, 2020. Due to rising cases and diminishing ICU capacity, a State Public Health Stay-at-Home order will kick in late Sunday, December 6, for at least three weeks. The order asks residents to stay in except for essential outings, wear a mask outside of the home and keep a safe distance from individuals outside of your household unit. It also includes travel restrictions and closure of outdoor dining and specific indoor business sectors. Read the order here. More information at www.covid19.ca.gov
Business and Residents Prepare for Regional Stay at Home Order
December 3, 2020. Today, the governor announced a Regional Stay Home Order that will go into effect promptly in regions with less than 15% ICU availability. Estimates place our region under the order in about five days if trends continue. It will prohibit private gatherings of any size, closes sector operations except for critical infrastructure and retail, and requires 100% masking and physical distancing in all others. The order will remain in effect for at least 3 weeks and, after that period, will be lifted when a region’s projected ICU capacity meets or exceeds 15%. This will be assessed weekly after the initial 3 week period. Learn more about this order.
Riverside County Public Health Asks Us to Celebrate Smaller, Shorter, and Safer
November 24, 2020. With the recent rise in coronavirus cases and COVID-19 hospitalizations, state health officials are urging residents to limit possible exposure to the virus by reducing the number of people they have contact with during Thanksgiving. Read the full release here.
Limited Stay-at-Home Order Goes into Place on November 21-December 21
November 19, 2020. The State has instituted a limited stay-at-home-order from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.in response to case and hospitalization increases over 50%. This is a targeted effort to address gatherings and types of events that contribute most to spread. You can view the order here. Visit www.covid19.ca.gov for county-specific information.
State issues new Face Cover Guidelines, Shortens Tier-Shift Timelines.
November 16, 2020. New State guidance mandates that a face covering is required at all times outside the home, with some exceptions. View more on this updated guidance. Due to the need for more immediate intervention, California has also adjusted its ability to change County tiers at any time, according to data. More on these changes on the Governor's Re-opening Website.
State Issues New Travel Guidance
November 13, 2020. In preparation for increased holiday travel and rising COVID case rates across the country, the State has issued new travel guidelines that include avoiding all non-essential travel and quarantining before leaving and after returning home when essential travel is required. View the travel guidelines here.
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 to see exactly what's open and required modifications by the 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 suspend 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 outdoor dining allowed, the City has been working to help local restaurants that may not have an existing patio 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. The 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 barbershop services are allowed to operate outdoors. The July 13, 2020, order 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 barbershops 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, 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 ordered all bars closed effective June 30 until further notice. Read the full release here.
County to Begin COVID-19 Antibody 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 disease's prevalence and how it has spread in communities. Read more here. Those not invited can contact their medical provider or participate in an upcoming LifeStream 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. To reduce the spread of COVD-19, the State has announced effective immediately, Californians must wear face coverings in shared 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 on Friday (June 19) with increased measures to slow coronavirus spread. Besides, 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.
June 12, 2020. California gave counties the OK to decide if nail salons and tattoo parlors would 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 move 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. While allowed in these sectors, re-openings are now under the county and School District's authority and must be following 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 Its 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 faces and participate in a quick screening. 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 businesses 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.
March 16 2021
State Re-opening Guideline Docs
Riverside County is now in the Red Tier. View more on the State reopening 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