The COVID-19 situation is changing regularly. The City continues to closely monitor guidance from the local, state and federal level to best protect our community. In a public health emergency, like this, the County’s Public Health Department is the lead agency and the City serves in a supportive role. The City of Lake Elsinore remains regularly engaged. We have a plan, we are prepared and we are doing everything we can to ensure the health and safety of our residents. Please stay informed and remain vigilant during this rapidly evolving, unprecedented time.  

Below are the latest updates pertaining to the City of Lake Elsinore’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic.  

Looking for the latest count on the number of COVID-19 cases in the State or Riverside County, please visit their websites. This data is changing daily.  

State of California Website

View Past COVID-19 Video Updates from the City Council (the City is no longer creating weekly updates, only as needed) 

October 26, 2020 - City Hall to Closed Again to the Public

Due to the recent announcement that Riverside County must move back into the purple tier in the State's reopening plan, City Hall will once again close to the public until further notice. All City services will remain available. Residents and businesses can use our online portal or call City Hall for services during this time.

You can find the online portal here or call (951) 674-3124. 

October 20, 2020 - Riverside County Pushed Back to Purple Tier 

On Tuesday, October 20, 2020, the State announced that Riverside County must move back into the purple tier as specified by the State's Blueprint for a Safer Economy. This decision comes after Riverside County metrics have shown our Case Rate per 100,000 people falls within the purple tier criteria. Riverside County also failed to meet the statewide median PCR swabs tests. Riverside County tested approximately 195 people a day per 100,000 residents while the State requires a minimum of 239 people tested a day per 100,000 residents. Residents are encouraged to take a PCR swab test. Anyone, with or without symptoms or health insurance, can take a free swab test from a county or state-run site. Visit or call (800) 945-6171 to make an appointment.

Read the County's press release: English // Spanish

For more information about which businesses are affected, visit


The State has developed a blueprint for reducing the number of cases of COVID-19 while we safely reopen our economy. Every county is assigned to a tier based on its test positivity and adjusted case rate. In order to advance to the next less restrictive tier, each county will need to meet an equity metric or demonstrate targeted investments to eliminate disparities in levels of COVID-19 transmission, depending on its size.  

Learn more about the Health Equity Metric

California's Tier Framework: There are 4 tiers each County can be assigned to. They are as follows: 

Widespread (Purple) - Many non-essential indoor business operations are closed  

Substantial (Red) - Some non-essential indoor business operations are closed 

Moderate (Orange) - Some indoor business operations are open with modifications 

Minimal (Yellow) - Most indoor business operations are open with modifications 


CDC: Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions to Prevent the Further Spread of COVID-19 

Under this order, you must provide the declaration (see below) to your landlord, owner of the residential property where you live, or other person who has the right to have you evicted or removed from where you live. Each adult listed on the lease, rental agreement, or housing contract should complete this declaration. Unless the CDC order is extended, changed, or ended, the order prevents an individual from being evicted or removed from where they are living though December 31, 2020. Individuals are still required to pay rent and follow all the other terms of the lease and rules of the place you live. Individuals may also still be evicted for reasons other than not playing rent or making a housing payment.  

California Tenant, Homeowner, and Small Landlord Relief and Stabilization Act of 2020 

 No COVID-19 Related Evictions Until February 1, 2021


County Resources: 

Riverside County Small Business Assistance Grants 

Riverside County has opened up the application for its new Small Business Grant Program for those who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. Businesses can be awarded grants up to $10,000. 

Fill out an application here.  

United Lift Rental Assistance  

Between the months of June and November, United Ways Inland Valley in partnership with Riverside County will be administering $33 million in rental assistance to help keep 10,000 Riverside County families and residents housed. 

This program is intended to cover up to 100 percent of total past due rent up to $3,500 per household. Funding is meant to cover past due rent from April 2020 to November 2020. 

Learn more and determine your eligibility here.  

State Resources: 

Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development: Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Resources 

California Labor & Workforce Development Agency (LWDA) & Employment Development Department (EDD): Resources for employers and workers including workers’ compensation and paid sick leave. 

California Department of Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) – COVID-19 Updates & Regulatory Relief. ABC has temporarily suspended enforcement of specific legal prohibitions such as allowing restaurants to now sell beer, wine and pre-mixed or cocktails for pick-up or delivery as long as they have a lid or cap. This includes lifting a ban on alcohol sold at drive-through windows. Review ABC’s COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions.   

Office of Small Business Advocate (OSBA) – A network of small business centers throughout the state to offer consulting and training and access to capital. View Small Business Support Centers Map. If you need to talk to a specialist in the Office of the Small Business Advocate directly, find options here

California State Treasurer’s Office - The California Capital Access Program for Small Business (CalCAP SB or Program) encourages banks and other financial institutions to make loans to small businesses that have difficulty obtaining financing. If you own a small business and need a loan for start-up, expansion or working capital, you may receive more favorable loan terms from a lender if your loan is enrolled in the CalCAP Loan Loss Reserve Program. This program helps communities by providing financing to businesses that create jobs and improve the economy. Loans are available up to $5 million. Phone: (916) 653-2995 

Small Business Finance Center (SBFC) - SBFC helps businesses create and retain jobs, and encourages investment in low- to moderate-income communities. The SBFC has a Jump Start Loan Program, a Small Business Loan Guarantee Program, and a Farm Loan Program. 


Facebook Small Business Grants Program – Related to COVID-19, Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries where we operate. We’ll share more details as they become available. Find out more

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