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Riverside County’s Public Health Department has announced they will be establishing a Drive-up COVID-19 Testing Facility at Diamond Stadium. The facility will be run and managed by Riverside County. All testing will be done by appointment only and participants will be required to stay in their vehicles at all times. More information can be found on the City’s website. For questions or concerns related to coronavirus, please call 2-1-1. For city updates and actions related to COVID-19, visit www.lake-elsinore.org/coronavirus.

INFORMATION LAST UPDATED April 6, 2020

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 will do 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.  The President has announced COVID-19 could go into the summer months and recommended no gatherings over 10 people. This page will be updated frequently.  Please check here and the city news feed for the latest information. 

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

Riverside County's Comprehensive List of Frequently Asked Questions regarding State and Local Orders

Read Message from City Manager Grant Yates - Thank You Lake Elsinore 

County Issues Orders Mandating NO Gatherings and Covering Your Face

In response to the rapidly rising number of COVID-19 cases, on Saturday, April 4, 2020, the Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser ordered that no gatherings of any number of people may take place outside of family members residing in the same home. In addition, Dr. Kaiser also ordered everyone to wear a face covering when leaving home, including essential workers. Face coverings can be bandanas, scarves, neck gaiters or other clothing that does not have visible holes. Residents should not purchase N95 or surgical masks, as these limited resources are needed for the healthcare community and first responders. The order also included key reminders related to Essential and Non-Essential businesses. The community is urged to review the order closely for all related information, see links below. 

This order is being implemented by Riverside County to encourage residents to comply with State "Stay at Home" orders to flatten the curve of COVID-19. Law Enforcement agencies throughout the County will have the authority to enforce these orders as necessary. Violators are subject to civil enforcement actions including penalties of up to $1,000 per violation per day. Residents should not call 9-1-1 to report groups of people who are not at an essential business. 9-1-1 must remain open for emergencies only. However, the City's law enforcement is monitoring and proactively patrolling the community and will advise our community as needed. Strict enforcement is not planned at this time unless the community is non-responsive to this order. The order is effective 12:00 a.m. Sunday, April 5, 2020, and continuing through April 30, 2020. 

Riverside County Gatherings and Face Covering Order: Original Order (English/Spanish), Amended Order Issued on April 6, 2020 

Press Release Announcement: Riverside County Public Health Officer orders public to stay home and cover face when leaving (English/Spanish

State Issues Orders to Stay Home

On Thursday, March 19, Governor Gavin Newsom issued a stay at home order to protect the health and well-being of all Californians and to establish consistency across the state in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.

On Thursday, March 19, Governor Gavin Newsom issued a statewide order requiring all individuals living in the State to stay home or at their place of residence and requiring Non-Essential Businesses to be CLOSED. This includes Lake Elsinore Businesses such as bars, dine-in restaurants, gyms and fitness studios, entertainment venues, public events, hair and nail salons, among others. 

The order went into effect on March 19, 2020 and is in place until further notice. It covers the whole state of California, and it exempts activity as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors, critical government services, schools, childcare, and construction, including housing construction.

The Lake Elsinore Sheriff's Station is watching and keeping an eye out for LE businesses that are not obliging by the State's order and will respond accordingly. In addition, law enforcement remains at full force to protect our entire community including our businesses. In the coming days, the City will work to share resources to support our business community through this extremely difficult time. 

Read the State of California's Executive Order 

Learn more about what this means to you - California's Frequently Asked Questions

Riverside County's Comprehensive List of Frequently Asked Questions regarding State and Local Orders

Watch the Governor's Address to the State regarding the Order 

View the State's COVID-19 Webpage at https://covid19.ca.gov/.

California Department of Public Health Guidance: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Retail Food, Beverage, and Other Related Service Venues

Riverside County Urges Stay in Place, Maintain Your Space, Cover Your Face 

The newest recommendations from Riverside County health officials is to wear face coverings to cover your nose and mouth any time you leave your house for essential business such as work, outdoor recreation and shopping for necessities. These coverings do not have to be hospital grade, using bandannas and fabric covers can be washed and reused.
 
This latest recommendation comes from the rationale transmission occurs primarily through droplets from an infected individual, which fabrics can easily filter. This not only helps to reduce the risk a well person can breathe those droplets in, but also protects others around someone with mild symptoms who may not yet realize they have the illness.
 
Read Full Press Release Announcement - New public health recommendation to cover the face

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Riverside County Gatherings and Face Covering Order: Original Order (English/Spanish), Amended Order Issued on April 6, 2020 

Press Release Announcement: Riverside County Public Health Officer orders public to stay home and cover face when leaving (English/Spanish)

Testing at Diamond Stadium

The City is dedicated to taking initiative in efforts to protect and prevent further spreading of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The City was approached by Riverside County to use Diamond Stadium for COVID-19 Drive-Up testing. The facility will be managed and operated by the State and Riverside University Health System Public Health Department.

On Sunday, March 22, the City was notified that the testing facility at Diamond Stadium is being expanded into a Community-Based Testing Site (CBTS). CBTS are California state directed, and federally supported testing centers. As such, testing has been expanded to anyone within 50 miles of the City of Riverside. Appointments can now be made online or over the phone. Read the County of Riverside's Press Release regarding the expansion of this testing facility.  

Find out more. 

City Declares Local Emergency

Facing rapidly changing demands related to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Tuesday the City of Lake Elsinore signed a proclamation of local emergency to ensure it is best prepared and equipped to respond and protect the community.

The proclamation was signed by City Manager Grant Yates, serving in the capacity of Disaster Director, and is effective immediately. It will be presented to the City Council for official ratification at the next City Council meeting on Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

View Signed Proclamation of Local Emergency by the City of Lake Elsinore

City Hall Closed, Services Still Available Virtually

After the State of California issued a stay at home in response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the City announced it would be closed to the public while still offering services online, over the phone, or by email.

The City Manager closed to City Hall on Friday, March 20, 2020, effective immediately to best protect staff and the community from unnecessary exposure to COVID-19. City staff is still working remotely, on-site, and in the field to provide all essential services.

The City launched a new online Citizen Self Service Portal (CSS) where you can apply for Building, Fire and Engineering Permits, submit planning applications, and pay any associated invoices for permit or application fees all online. You can also monitor the status of your applications, request inspections, upload plans, and collaborate with City staff.

To navigate this new portal, the City has created user guides for each service type. Find out more, access the portal and find user guides for these new processes at www.lake-elsinore.org/CSS.

The City continues to see ways to make it easier for residents, businesses, developers, investors, and other vital stakeholders to locate, request and complete key services at the City. This City intends to incorporate greater automation and options for its customers, which will be done periodically.  

View Press Release regarding City Hall Closure & Virtual Services 

Citizen Self Service Portal 

City Facility Closures 

The COVID-19 situation is changing rapidly and the City continues to closely monitor all guidance from the local, state and federal level to determine needed changes to best protect our community from the potential spread of this disease. 

At this time, the City has decided to close the following facilities until further notice: 

All related rentals, contract classes, programs and events planned at these facilities will also be cancelled. This information can change rapidly. Additional changes will be made as needed. The City will do its best to update the community as quickly as possible. 

City Parks - Amenity Closures

In an effort to protect against the spread of COVID-19, the following park amenities are now closed at all City parks until further notice:

  • Playground Equipment
  • Skate Parks
  • Splash Pads
  • All Sports Fields

At this time, open spaces and other park amenities remain open for residents to enjoy ONLY with those members of their household, pursuant to Riverside County's latest orders on gatherings. However, Social Distancing is required. The City will continue to monitor the situation and if we see excessive crowds or find that visitors are not practicing social distancing requirements or abiding by the latest orders, the City will be forced to close the parks completely.

All concerns should be communicated to the Lake Elsinore Sheriff Station's non-emergency line at (951) 776-1099.

The Lake & Levee Access 

At this time, Lake Elsinore remains open as a possible outdoor recreational option as mentioned and encouraged in existing Stay at Home orders by the State and County. However, Social Distancing is required. The City will continue to monitor the situation and if we see excessive crowds or find that visitors are not practicing social distancing requirements, the City will be forced to close the lake accordingly. 

The levee remains open. However, there is limited pedestrian access to the Levee and Summerly Community Park during COVID-19 testing hours at Diamond Stadium (i.e. Sunday- Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) Residents are discouraged from using the Levee or Summerly Community Park during these testing hours for their safety. Regular and vehicular access will be available outside testing hours.  

Per Riverside County's orders for short-term lodging (see below), Launch Pointe is no longer accepting reservations through April 30, 2020. The order provides some Short-Term Lodging exceptions, if you feel like you’re entitled to an exception please call Launch Pointe to verify. Find out more at www.launch-pointe.com.

Commission & City Council Meetings 

An important part of City governance is public participation in decision making. In the midst of concerns about public gatherings, the City is working on several ways to continue to host Commission and Council meetings (as needed for essential City business) while still providing our citizens the ability to participate remotely. Below are the latest updates, however, this information is subject to change at any time. Updates will be provided as available.  

City Council - Next Meeting: Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 7 p.m. (TO PROCEED) 

Consistent with Executive Order N-29-20, in-person participation by the public will not be permitted, and no physical location from which the public may observe the meeting will be available. However, remote public assistance is allowed in the following ways:

  1. Cable TV Broadcast on Spectrum Channel 29 and Frontier Channel 31.
  2. Livestream online at https://lake-elsinore.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx. Please note: this link will not be active and functional until the meeting officially begins on Tuesday, March 24, at 7 p.m.
  3. Email public comments to calvarez@lake-elsinore.org before or during the meeting, before the close of public comment on an item, to be read by the City Clerk during public comment. Lengthy public comment may be summarized in the interest of time. View the meeting agenda.
  4. To call into the meeting and provide public comment, please call the City Clerk at (951) 674-3124 ext. 262 or email calvarez@lake-elsinore.org to receive a participant ID.
  5. The City reminds our community to please heed the warnings and restrictions ordered by public health officials, including staying at home whenever possible, abiding by social distancing measures, and practicing regular hand washing whenever you have to go out into the community.

Planning Commission - Next Scheduled Meeting: Tuesday, April 7, 2020 (CANCELED) 

Read Full Advisory from last Planning Commission Meeting held on March 17, 2020.

Public Safety Advisory Commission - Last Meeting: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 6 p.m. (CANCELED) , Next Scheduled Meeting: April 15, 2020 (TBD)

This meeting has been canceled for the month of March. The next scheduled meeting is April 15, 2020. Stay tuned for future updates. View Cancellation Notice from March 18, 2020. 

Code Enforcement - Street Sweeping & Garage/Yard Sales 

As of March 16, 2020, the City has suspended all enforcement of Street Sweeping until further notice when Stay at Home orders from the State of California have been lifted. Code Enforcement will remain focused on health and safety concerns during this time. 

As of March 27, the City will no longer issue Garage or Yard Sale permits in an effort to prevent gatherings at garage and yard sales. 

Homelessness Efforts 

On March 23, 2020, the County of Riverside announced Emergency Housing Programs for eligible homeless individuals related to COVID-19. The County has identified hotels and motels with available units for unsheltered homeless individuals to provide emergency temporary housing during the state order to “stay at home.” The temporary housing is part of a county program that includes case management, medical and wrap-around services, supported by local cities including Lake Elsinore. The housing is effective while the “stay at home” order is in effect. 

Eligible unsheltered homeless individuals include those who are 65 and older, pregnant, have a serious chronic health condition such as heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease, or have a compromised immune system. Homeless individuals who are ill or have been diagnosed with COVID-19 will be housed through a different system. Read Riverside County's press release regarding homeless efforts

The City and our homeless team including our street outreach partner, Social Work Action Group (SWAG), and local law enforcement will be supporting these efforts by identifying and referring those homeless individuals in our community that may be eligible and in need of this critical housing. Our teams will respond appropriately to refer these individuals and attempt to get them housed. 

Business Support & Resources 

The City is committed to helping our business community navigate the resources available during these uncertain times. Find more information on the City's COVID-19 Business & Employee Resources page, www.lake-elsinore.org/COVIDBusiness

FREE Business Financial Assistance Webinars - The City and the Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a series of FREE webinars to assist our business community in understanding the Federal Small Business Administration Programs that are now in place as part of the CARES Act (the $2.2 Trillion Federal Stimulus Bill) and, how to apply for grants, forgivable loans and,other available loans. View Business Financial Assistance Webinars Flyer. 

Upcoming FREE Business Assistance Webinars:

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.

Friday, April 10, 2020 at 10 a.m.

If you are interested, please email Kim Joseph Cousins at kim@lakeelsinorechamber.com. You DO NOT need to be a Chamber Member to take advantage of this complimentary opportunity.

City of Lake Elsinore 90-Day Extension for Business License Renewals – On March 24, 2020, the City Council formally proclaimed a local emergency. As part of this proclamation, the City Council approved an automatic 90-day extension on business license renewals due to COVID-19. This 90-day extension will be applicable for any business license renewal fees due through June 30, 2020. Renew your business license online.

Short-Term Lodging Orders By Riverside County

On Friday, March 27, Riverside County's Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser ordered all short-term lodging, including short-term home rental, hotels and motels to limit their business to novel coronavirus response only. Limited activities that are still allowed under this order include providing lodging to protect the homeless population or for essential workers. The short-term lodging order applied to all cities and unincorporated areas of Riverside County. The order further states that no owner, tenant or marketing agent may rent or lease any short-term rental, vacation rental or timeshare. Read press release announcement. As a result, the City is no longer accepting short-term reservations at Launch Pointe through April 30. The order provides some Short-Term Lodging exceptions, if you feel like you’re entitled to an exception please call Launch Pointe to verify. Find out more at www.launch-pointe.com.

An amended ordered was released clarifying that this short-term order is effective through June 19, 2020 at this time. In addition, violators are subject to civil enforcement actions including civil penalties of up to $1,000 per violation per day. Read the entire order by clicking this link or visiting www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus

Amended Short-Term Lodging Orders from Riverside County Extending to June 19 

Mortgage & Rental Relief 

On March 25, the Governor announced a major financial relief package stating that “financial institutions will provide major financial relief for millions of Californians suffering financially as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.  Under the Governor’s proposal, Californians who are struggling with the COVID-19 crisis may be eligible for the following relief upon contacting their financial institution”:

  • 90-Day Grace Period for Mortgage Payments
  • No Credit Score Changes for Accessing Relief
  • Moratorium on Initiating Foreclosure Sales or Evictions for 60 Days
  • Relief from Fees and Charges for 90 Days

Read the Governor’s Full Announcement

Read the Financial Help Frequently Asked Questions by the State of California

Statewide Moratorium on Evictions

On March 27, the Governor banned the eviction of renters unable to pay the rent because of COVID-19.  The new statewide executive order runs through May 31 and prohibits landlords from evicting tenants for nonpayment of rent and prohibits enforcement of evictions by law enforcement or courts.

Read Full Announcement regarding Statewide Moratorium

Read Governor’s Executive Order N-37-20

Other Steps Taking Place at City Hall 

For the last several months now, the City has been taking the following steps related to COVID-19: 

  • Regular, ongoing communication with the Riverside University Health System Public Health Department.
  • Dissemination of information in a timely manner, as needed. 
  • Implementing internal protocols to limit unneeded public exposure. 
  • Developing Business Continuity Plans.
  • Stocking up on disinfectant cleaning supplies and materials.
  • Increased sanitation at City facilities including parks and community centers.
  • Remaining diligent in monitoring attendees and staff at facilities for signs of illness 
  • Preparations to close facilities and/or cancel public events if deemed necessary

An update about the City's efforts was provided to the City Council on March 10, 2020. View PowerPoint

Additional Information and Resources:

Below are links additional information related to COVID-19: