Riverside County, CA RESCINDS Face-Mask & Social-Distancing Orders

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The County of Riverside, California rescinded it's tough face covering and social distancing orders on Friday May 8, 2020. Riverside County was one of the first in the state to issue a mandatory face-mask order, with violators facing potential $1,000 fine and 3 months in jail. The May 8 order stated, in part, "With 30 million national unemployment claims filed as of this writing, it is imperative that our residents get back to work."

The official PDF of the new face-mask rescind order can be downloaded here.

You can watch the actual 'Board of supervisors special meeting' from 5/8/20 here. I haven't watched any of it yet but I heard it was pretty good.

The County Board of Supervisors issued the following press release:

Riverside County reverts to state orders

Saturday, May 9, 2020/Categories: Government, Public Notices

May 8, 2020

Riverside County NEWS RELEASE

Contact: Riverside County Joint Information Center (951) 955-5087

Riverside County reverts to state orders

Most local health orders to be rescinded in alignment with governor’s orders

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 tonight at a special board meeting to direct the rescission of most local health orders to align with the governor’s statewide stay at home order.

Starting tomorrow, face coverings and six feet of social distancing will be strongly recommended whenever practical and within reason. Limitations on short term rentals and golf course operations will be rescinded and in alignment with state orders.

The board also voted to keep local orders in place for primary schools (i.e., grades K-12), and remove local restrictions on higher education and vocational schools.

Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser and Director of Emergency Services George Johnson plan to sign the amended school order and the rescission of the remaining three orders tomorrow, May 9.

Tonight’s board action also included adopting a best practices framework to guide the development for reopening Riverside County businesses, a plan that is expected to go before the board on Tuesday, May 12.

The county will continue to provide support to Riverside County cities with questions on how the governor’s orders apply locally.

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The actual order stated, in part,


Rescission of Local Public Health Orders (3.40 of 05/05/2020)

RECOMMENDED MOTION: That the Board of Supervisors: Direct the Director of Emergency Services and Public Health Officer to Rescind the Following Public Health Orders:

a) April 1, 2020, Amended Order of the Health Officer Closing All Schools, Community Colleges, Colleges, and Universities from March 16, 2020 through June 19, 2020; and,

b) April 2, 2020, Amended Order of the Health Officer Related to Short Term Lodging Facilities through June 19, 2020; and,

c) April 29, 2020, Amended Order of the Health Officer for the County of Riverside and the Director of Emergency Services Placing Restrictions on Golf Course Use; and,

d) April 29, 2020, Amended Order of the Health Officer for the County of Riverside and the Director of Emergency Services requiring the use of face coverings and practice of social distancing.


Page 2 of 2 ID# 12556 1.1 BACKGROUND:

In recognition of the need to transition to economic recovery, we continue to position the county to reopen businesses. Keep in mind, rescinding these orders does not negate the Governor’s orders, as those are still in place. Any changes to the Governor’s order will be provided from the state. The virus is still present within our county, California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and county public health officials still recommend the use of face coverings, social distancing and frequent hand washing to reduce the likelihood of contracting the disease. Through prior action, this Board created the Economic Recovery Task Force with leaders in the business community to work towards economic recovery. With 30 million national unemployment claims filed as of this writing, it is imperative that our residents get back to work. While we continue to work with our state partners to meet the Governor’s six-point framework for reopening (including expanded testing, meeting the needs of our congregate care providers, and increasing our hospitals’ capacity), we are rescinding the local public health orders.

With the assistance of our residents, Riverside County successfully prevented a surge of coronavirus patients within our countywide hospital system. With 50,000 tests conducted and counting, Riverside County leads the state in testing by having tested

1.9 percent of our population for the virus. The local Public Health Officer orders significantly slowed the spread of the disease within our county. This is evidenced by current hospital capacity and the lengthening of our doubling rate of the disease to more than 14 days. Other successful metrics include our current hospital bed census ranges between 60 and 65 percent of capacity and available ventilator capacity is approximately 70 percent. We thank our county team for their diligence, dedication, and response to this unprecedented pandemic.

We want people to be healthy, safe and have an income to support their families. Today’s action creates the pathway for our residents and businesses to meet these needs.


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