Below is information specifically created to assist our business community in navigating the many available resources and support being offered related to Coronavirus (COVID-19). For a full overview of all other City activities for COVID-19, visit  


July 13, 2020 - Governor Orders Further Businesses to Close to Indoor Operations

STATEWIDE: The following businesses have been ordered to close all indoor operations across the State:

  • Dine In Restaurants 
  • Wineries & Tasting Rooms
  • Movie Theaters
  • Museums & Galleries
  • Zoos
  • Family Entertainment Centers
  • & Cardrooms

Find more information about the State’s Plans here.

RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Ordered by the State to close indoor operations for the following businesses:

  • Fitness Centers & Gyms
  • Places of Worship
  • Offices for Non-Critical Sectors
  • Personal Care Services
  • Hair Salons & Barbershops
  • & Malls

Read the County Public Health Order here: English - Spanish

July 2, 2020 -  Selected Businesses Required to Move Activities Outdoors or Close in Certain Counties

As part of statewide actions to slow the spread of coronavirus, the following businesses have been mandated to reclose all indoor operations in certain counties, including Riverside County:

  • Restaurants
  • Wineries and Tasting Rooms
  • Movie Theaters
  • Family Entertainment Centers
  • Zoos and Museums
  • & Cardrooms

Read the County Public Health Order: English - Spanish

Read the State Public Health Order here.

Letter from Governor Newsom to all California Elected Officials.

June 30, 2020 - Riverside County Mandates All Bars to Re-Close

Effective Tuesday, June 30, 2020, all bars must close all operations in order to slow the spread of coronavirus. This comes in response to the rise in COVID-19 cases in Riverside County. 

Read the Public Health Order here: English - Spanish

June 19, 2020 - Riverside County Announces Personal Care Businesses Approved to Reopen

The following types of businesses are eligible to reopen on Friday, June 19, 2020:

  • Nail Services
  • Facial and Esthetician Services
  • Shaving,  Waxing and Threading Services
  • Massage Therapy Services
  • Body Art, Tattoo and Piercing Services

Guidelines: California's Guidelines for Reopening for Personal Care Businesses  

Press Release: Additional Personal Care Businesses to reopen Friday with enhanced safety measures in place

June 10, 2020 – Riverside County Announces More Businesses Approved to Reopen

After the Governor announced that County’s could start to move further into Stage 2, as part of the Accelerated Stage 2.5, Riverside County announced that the following types of businesses will be eligible to reopen on Friday June 12, 2020:

  • Hotels, motels, inns
  • Schools, day camps, daycares
  • Campgrounds and outdoor recreation
  • Filming for television and music industries
  • Restaurants, bars, and wineries
  • Museums, galleries, zoos and aquariums
  • Professional sports (no audience)
  • Movie theatres and family entertainment centers
  • Gyms and fitness centers

Please note that some personal care businesses are still not permitted to reopen, including nail salons, tattoo shops, threading and waxing. Youth sports, team sports, weddings and libraries are also not permitted to resume at this time.

Residents are encouraged to visit businesses taking safety precautions to protect their employees and customers and are highly encouraged that residents take steps to protect themselves by wearing face coverings and maintaining social distance when they leave home.


Guidelines: California’s Guidelines for Reopening for Movie Theatres and Family Entertainment Centers

Guidelines: California’s Guidelines for Reopening for Restaurants, Wineries, and Bars

Guidelines: California’s Guidelines for Reopening for Zoos and Museums

Guidelines: California’s Guidelines for Reopening for Gyms and Fitness Centers

Guidelines: California’s Guidelines for Reopening for Hotels (for tourism and individual travel)

Guidelines: California’s Guidelines for Reopening for Campgrounds and Outdoor Recreation

Press Release: More businesses set to reopen Friday

May 26, 2020 -  Places of Worship, Retail Statewide, Hair Salons and Barbershops Can Reopen
The Governor announced that places of worship and ALL retail are permitted to reopen. Hair Salons and barbershops are also permitted in counties that have been authorized to accelerate reopening, which includes Riverside County. All industries are urged to implement key modifications to protect the health and well-being of our communities. Places of worship guidelines suggest that they limit attendance to 25 percent of their normal capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer. View the state's guidelines below.

Guidelines: California's Guidelines for Reopening for Hair Salons & Barbershops

Guidelines: California's Guidelines for Reopening of Places of Worship and Providers of Religious Services and Cultural Ceremonies 

Press Release: Houses of worship to reopen in Riverside County following statewide guidance (Spanish)

Press Release: Barbershops, hair salons can now open in Riverside County (Spanish) 

May 22, 2020 - Approval to Move Further in Stage 2 - Reopen Retail, Restaurants & Shopping Malls

Riverside County was given approval to move further into the Accelerated Phase of Stage 2 of the State's Reopening Plan. Now, As part of the state’s accelerated stage two, the following locations can now reopen in Riverside County: destination retail stores, including shopping malls and swap meets; dine-in restaurants; and schools with modifications. Please note, the local health order prohibiting primary schools for grades K-12 is still in effect until June 19. 

The County is urging local businesses to follow the guidelines provided by the State and Riverside County as the move forward with reopening to ensure the overall safety of our community. 

Guidelines: Riverside County Guidelines for Reopening  (Safe Reopening Guidelines)

Guidelines: California's Guidelines for Reopening for Dine-in Restaurants & Shopping Malls  (Shopping MallsRestaurants

Riverside County News Conference Announcement - May 22, 2020

Press Release: State approves Riverside County’s readiness to move to accelerated stage 2 

Press Release: Riverside County attests readiness to safely reopen based on public health data


The Governor has issued his plans for reopening California, including the 4 stages we will go through until a fully opened California. You can view these 4 stages here.

Starting May 8, 2020, we will begin moving into Stage 2 of Governor Newsom’s plan. This move will be gradual, with some communities moving through Stage 2 faster than others. In order for counties to move through this stage and progress to the next, they must meet the readiness criteria and as outlined in the County Variance Guidance.

For Stage 2, lower-risk workplaces will be allowed to open with modifications. This will be phased-in, with only curbside pickup and delivery. This includes but isn’t limited to: Bookstores, jewelry stores, toy stores, clothing stores, shoe stores, home and furnishing stores, sporting good stores, antique stores, music stores, and florists. In addition, both manufacturing and logistics sectors may start to reopen. 

Later in Stage 2, businesses like destination retail, personal services, office-based businesses, dine-in restaurants, outdoor museums, open gallery spaces, schools and childcare facilities will be permitted to open.

The State is asking residents for their input on how California should reopen. Fill out the survey here.

In addition, the Governor issued guidance for 17 sectors to get ready to open up safely once allowed. They can be found on the Pandemic Resiliency Roadmap here.

View the Report Card on California Resiliency here.


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. The order went into effect on March 19, 2020 and is in place until further notice. It covers the whole state of California. The order requires all individuals living in California to stay home or at their place of residence and requires Non-Essential Businesses to be CLOSED.

Related Resources:

During this rapidly evolving, growing crisis, local, state and federal agencies are quickly working to provide businesses and employees with much needed assistance during this difficult time. Below are some of the resources currently available. Please note, information is changing dramatically by the day. This information is provided to assist Lake Elsinore businesses in navigating all available resources. This is not a comprehensive list and it is subject to change.


FREE Business Financial Assistance Webinars - The City and the Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber of Commerce hosted 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. 

At this time, no additional webinars are planned. But, if you need local assistance, please email Kim Joseph Cousins at 

Help for Small Business During COVID Crisis Webinar - Recording Below 

The Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber of Commerce and The Inland Empire Gateway Association of REALTORS (TIGAR) hosted a live webinar on May 8, 2020 to answer questions about benefits and support available to small businesses and independent contractors struggling during COVID pandemic. Watch the recording of this webinar at:



On March 24, 2020, the City Council formally proclaimed a local emergency. As part of this proclamation, the Council approved an automatic 90-day extension on business license renewals due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). This 90-day extension will be applicable for any business license renewal fees due through June 30, 2020. 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,

Elsinore Valley Municipal Water DistrictResponse to COVID-19

Riverside County Economic Development Agency - If your business is struggling financially due to the coronavirus, Riverside County can provide resources to help. Call (951) 955-0493 or see and extensive list of resources online.

Riverside County Loans

The County of Riverside & AmPac Business Capital are partnering to provide emergency and ongoing capital for small businesses in Riverside County.


Loans of $15,000 to $30,000. See eligibility requirements here.


Loans up to $15,000 for small businesses with fewer than 5 employees. See eligibility requirements here.

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. Applications are being accepted beginning June 3, 2020, and you must apply by June 19, 2020..

View the flyer here.

Fill out an application here

Phase 2 - Riverside County Small Business Assistance Grants

Riverside County has opened up a second phase of its Small Business Grant Program for those who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. Key changes to this phase include allowing businesses that are sole proprietors and businesses that have received an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan or advance. Businesses who have received federal funding through the Paycheck Protection Program are still not eligible. Applications are being accepted starting June 29, 2020 through August 31, 2020.

View the flyer here: English - Spanish

NEW!!! Riverside County Nonprofit Assistance

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors approved up to $5 million in financial support to the nonprofit community. Nonprofits may apply for grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000. The application will open on July 1, 2020 and close on July 31, 2020.

You can find more information about this grant and apply online 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.


Federal Government Approves Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARE Act) - Approved on March 25, 2020 - More Details to Follow 

 U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) Guidance & Loan Resources

The SBA is providing businesses effected by COVID-19 with various programs and guidance to assist small businesses including:

Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program – Low-interest Loan Due to COVID-19, Up to $2 Million in Loans
Apply or Find Out More

Access to Capital (Loans) & Lender Match - SBA provides several loan resources for small businesses to utilize when operating their business. This includes “Lender Match,” which is a free online referral tool that connects small businesses with participating SBA-approved lenders. Find out more about Loan Resources and/or Lender Match

Small Business Development Centers: SBA works with several local partners including SBDC’s. View SBA’s Local Assistance Directory.  SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955/1-800-877-8339 (TTY) or by email.

SBDC Guidance Document: COVID-19 – The Latest News & Resources for Your Business
This resource guide provides information and FAQs about Employment Development Department (EDD) resources, SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, our SBDC Finance Center and how we can help your business – and so much more!  Download Now.

Local Small Business Development Center (SBA Partner):

  • Orange County/Inland Empire District Office: The SBA’s Orange County / Inland Empire District Office is responsible for the delivery of SBA's programs and services to Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Phone: (714) 550-7420 / TDD (800) 877-8339
  • Inland Empire Small Business Development Center: The Inland Empire SBDC seeks to provide assistance and connect small businesses to resources in order to succeed. For more information and assistance, please call (951) 781-2345.

Additional SBA Information and 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.

Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Resources for Employers and Workers including:

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.

Franchise Tax Board - State Postpones Tax Deadlines Until July 15Review New Due Dates

Covered California - Covered California Expands Special Enrollment and Medi-Cal Seeks Waivers to Foster Coverage

California Department of Fair Employment and Housing – Job protection and employment discrimination.

California Restaurant Association Resources (Including On-Demand Webinars)


Below are additional informational links for businesses. If you have ideas or additions, please email the City at

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.

Southern California Edison (SCE) - COVID-19 Response & Customer Resources  

Southern California Gas Company (So Cal Gas) COVID-19 Support & Response

View Riverside County Economic Development Agency’s extensive list of additional op