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.
CITY HALL UPDATES:
City Hall Reopens to the Public, Appointments urged. Visitors still urged to use online Citizen Self-Service Portal or to call (951) 674-3124 for any City services. In-person appointments are now available and can be made online. Make an appointment online.
City Council meetings are now open to the public. However, citizens are urged to attend and comment virtually via Zoom. Links to the meetings can be found in the City Council agenda. Please note, you will need to use this link to register in advance to receive a direct link to watch/participate in the meeting. View City Council agendas and minutes.
View Past COVID-19 Video Updates from the City Council (the City is no longer creating weekly updates, only as needed)
All parks and park amenities are open.
Youth Sports - Moderate and High Impact Sports may resume. Following the state's latest sports guidance, on March 2, 2021 Riverside County announced that moderate and high-contact youth and adult sports may resume in Riverside County. As such, all Lake Elsinore youth and adult leagues may resume all competitive play including games and practices.
STATE & COUNTY UPDATES:
Current Tier: ORANGE TIER - As of Wednesday, April 7, Riverside County (including Lake Elsinore) are now in the Orange Tier as part of the state's Blueprint for a Safer Economy. View the State's full breakdown by tier.
Looking for the latest information or count on the number of COVID-19 cases in the State or Riverside County, please visit their websites. This data is changing daily.
For information regarding COVID-19 vaccines, please visit the State and County websites listed below. At this time, only a limited supply is available and being distributed on a tiered schedule.
Riverside County's Vaccination Webpage - this website includes information on the number of vaccines received and administered in Riverside County, the latest COVID-19 Vaccination Schedule, and frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 Vaccine.
View current clinics and status regarding availability at COVID-19 Vaccine (rivcoph.org).
Second Dose Information - Riverside County is hosting second dose only clinics and will be reaching out directly to everyone who has received their first vaccination to schedule a second vaccination. Current CDC guidelines allow up to 42 days for a second dose with either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and due in part to limited vaccine supply from the state, it may not be possible to get a second dose at the 21- or 28-day mark originally recommended. Riverside County may not contact you until after 21- or 28- days, but will be in touch. If you do not hear from them, please call 2-1-1.
LANDLORD & TENANT ASSISTANCE INFORMATION:
Riverside County United Lift Rental Assistance Program - NOW AVAILABLE - Starting March 8, 2021, applications for the next round of United Lift rental assistance are once again available to Riverside County residents. Tenants and landlords can apply online at https://www.unitedlift.org/applynow.
Tenant & Landlord Resources - View State programs to assist tenants and landlords amidst COVID-19 at https://landlordtenant.dre.ca.gov/.
COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act – SB91 (Act) was signed into law January 29, 2021. The Act extends eviction protections to COVID-19 impacted tenants and establishes the state’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Find out more at https://www.bcsh.ca.gov/covidrelief/ or review an FAQ at https://www.bcsh.ca.gov/covidrelief/tenant_relief_faq.html.
RELEVANT NEWS UPDATES:
April 6, 2021 - Riverside County to advance into state's orange reopening tier Wednesday - The State of California announced that Riverside County will move into the orange tier of the state’s reopening framework Wednesday (April 7). The move is based on meeting a statewide goal to administer 4 million vaccines in disadvantaged communities, and the subsequent loosening of the case rate threshold to move into the orange tier. Tomorrow, more residents and patrons may be indoors at businesses and places of worship. Riverside County will need to remain in the orange tier for a minimum of three weeks and meet the yellow tier metrics for two of those weeks before advancing further.
Full Press Release; English/Spanish
April 5, 2021 - Riverside County to expand eligibility to those 16 and older for COVID-19 vaccination - Riverside County health officials are expanding the eligibility for those who want to get vaccinated at the four county-run clinics to those 16 and older, effective Tuesday (April 6). The change will open vaccine eligibility to hundreds of thousands of Riverside County residents.
March 16, 2021 - Riverside County Advances into State's Red Reopening Tier, Paving Way for More Businesses to Return Indoors - 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. Effective Wednesday (March 17), restaurants and movie theaters may return to indoor operations up to 25 percent capacity or 100 people (whichever is fewer). Museums, zoos and aquariums may return indoors up to 25 percent capacity. Gyms and fitness centers may return indoors up to 10 percent capacity. In addition, retail stores and shopping malls may increase capacity to 50 percent. Read Full Press Release: English/Spanish
March 15, 2021 - Riverside County Health Officials Expand Vaccine Eligibility to Those With Underlying Health Illness - Those 16 to 64 years old with certain underlying health conditions will now be able to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as Riverside County health officials expand the eligibility criteria, effective today. Those who make appointments will be asked during the onsite screening whether they have any of the listed illnesses. Individuals will be vaccinated if they answer in the affirmative. No doctor’s note or medical record is required to be eligible. The health conditions include cancer, chronic kidney disease, chronic pulmonary disease, Down syndrome, pregnancy, sickle cell disease, heart condition (excluding hypertension), severe obesity, Type 2 diabetes mellitus or have an immunocompromised state from a solid organ transplant. Read Full Press Release: English/Spanish. View Vaccine Eligibility List.
March 5, 2021 - Riverside County, Lift to Rise, and Inland SoCal United Way, Announce Applications for Next Round of United Lift Rental Assistance - The Riverside County Board of Supervisors in February voted to approve $57,267,219 in emergency rental assistance program funding from the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Combined with previous funding rounds from the CARES Act, Community Development Block Grant funds and other sources, United Lift totals more than $90 million. Applications for the next round of United Lift rental assistance will be available to Riverside County residents beginning on Monday, March 8. The program will continue until funds are depleted, or until December 31, 2021, whichever happens first. Read press release.
March 2, 2021 - Moderate and high-contact youth and adult sports may now resume in Riverside County
Moderate- and high-contact sports, including soccer, football, baseball, cheer and water polo, may now resume in Riverside County as the county’s adjusted case rate is 11.3. The case rate is updated every Tuesday and posted online at www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus. The state issued new sports guidance recently allowing certain moderate- and high-contact sports to begin in counties with an adjusted case rate of 14 cases or fewer per 100,000 residents. The new guidance also applies to adult recreational sports teams, in addition to youth sports. Read press release.
January 25, 2021 - California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Orders for All Regions – Officials with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) ended the Regional Stay at Home Order, lifting the order for all regions statewide, including the three regions that had still been under the order – San Joaquin Valley, Bay Area and Southern California. This action allows all counties statewide to return to the rules and framework of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy and color-coded tiers that indicate which activities and businesses are open based on local case rates and test positivity. Riverside County remains in the purple tier at this time, view the latest stats and tier at https://www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus.
January 6, 2021 - California Reveals Blueprint for COVID-19 Vaccinations
COVID-19 vaccinations are being administered as they become available. Vaccinations will be limited and will initially be given to healthcare workers and long-term care residents.
View California's COVID-19 Vaccine Plan here.
December 21, 2020 - Governor Signs Supplement to the Limited Stay at Home Order
This order, originally issued on November 21, 2020, asking that Californians stay home from the hours of 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. has been extended and will not expire until the Regional Stay At Home Order has terminated in all regions of California.
December 14, 2020 - Riverside County Announces it Could Receive First Shipment of Vaccine
The first shipments of a much-anticipated vaccine for COVID-19 could arrive in Riverside County on Friday (Dec. 18), and local health officials are working with area hospitals to vaccinate thousands of first-line health care workers. The recently approved vaccine is expected to arrive at several pre-selected hospitals and at Riverside University Health System (RUHS) - Public Heath facilities, where they will be housed until transported to other medical locations. The total number of doses for Riverside County – both those transported directly to hospitals and RUHS-Public Health – is between 14,000 and 15,000.
December 9, 2020 - State Announces Parks Can Reopen
On Wednesday, December 9, the State announced that public park playgrounds could remain open during the latest Stay-at-Home Order and issued guidance for residents to consider when visiting an outdoor playgrounds. As such, the City has reopened all parks including playgrounds, skate parks, restrooms, parking lots and sports fields. Read the State's park playground guidance.
December 7, 2020 - Governor Issues Stay-at-Home Order for So Cal region
On Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, the Governor announced regional stay-at-home restrictions for all Southern California, including Riverside County. The order went into effect on Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. The terms of the order remain in place for at least three weeks from the date the order takes effect in a Region and shall continue until CDPH's four-week projections of the Region's total available adult ICU bed capacity is greater than or equal to 15%. As a result, several business sectors have once again been ordered to close or modify their operations. Information about the impact on the business community and current restrictions can be found at https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/#regional-stay-home-order.
City Hall remains closed to the public. Many City services are still being offered online. You can apply for building permits or submit planning applications from the City's Citizen Self-Service Portal. You can apply for or renew business licenses by clicking HERE. You can also reach staff during normal business hours by calling 951-674-3124.
November 19, 2020 - State Announces Limited Stay at Home Order through Dec. 21, 2020
The order requires that all gatherings with members of other households and all activities conducted outside the residence, lodging, or temporary accommodation with members of other households cease between 10:00pm PST and 5:00am PST, except for those activities associated with the operation, maintenance, or usage of critical infrastructure or required by law. The order does not apply to persons experiencing homelessness. Nothing in the order prevents any number of persons from the same household from leaving their residence, lodging, or temporary accommodation, as long as they do not engage in any interaction with (or otherwise gather with) any number of persons from any other household, except as specifically permitted herein. Read the entire order from the State of California.
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.
REOPENING UPDATES FOR RIVERSIDE COUNTY
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
TENANT, HOMEOWNER AND SMALL LANDLORD PROTECTION PROGRAMS:
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
BUSINESS & EMPLOYEE RESOURCES:
Riverside County Small Business Assistance Grants - PROGRAM IS NOW CLOSED
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.
If you have questions about this program, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
California Small Business Loan Guarantee Program & Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program – Loans up to $20 million, must contact a participating Financial Development Corporation.
OTHER SUPPORT & RESOURCES
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.
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