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Latest City Re-Opening News

Riverside County Moves Forward with Local Vaccinations

January 13, 2021. Having moved through the initial vaccination of healthcare workers, Public Health is hosting vaccination clinics throughout the County for resident 65 and older, first reponsders, and healthcare workers who missed the first round. Clinics fill quickly and Public Health is encouraging residents to visit their Vaccinate Website regularly for updates and clinic schedules.

State Announces Funding for Phased School Reopening Plan

December 31, 2020. $2 billion has been proposed in the State Budget for the safe reopening of schools beginning in February, with a priority for returning the youngest children (TK-2nd grade) and those who are most disproportionately impacted first, then returning other grade levels to in-person instruction through the spring. Read more.

Loma Linda Issues Statement Calling for Public Support of Safety Measures

Please see this important request from Loma Linda University Medical Center Murrieta.

Vaccination of Front Line Health Workers to Begin this Week

December 14, 2020. Riverside County Public Health announced today that vaccines are anticipated to arrive at hospital and public health facilities by Friday, December 18, 2020, for the first stage of the vaccination process. Read the press release here. View the vaccine fact sheet here.

City Services Continue During Regional Order, Some Events/Programs Cancelled

December 10, 2020. While City Hall continues working behind the scenes, several events and programs have been impacted by the Governor's regional Stay-at-Home order and related staffing issues. Library Drive-Thru services are on hold, the Hometown Holiday Light Show Drive-Thru has been cancelled and plan and permit submission hours have been reduce to 9 a.m. to noon only. If you have any questions about City services, please call the main line at 951-304-2489.

Regional Stay at Home Order Begins Sunday

December 5, 2020. Due to rising cases and diminishing ICU capacity, a State Public Health Stay-at-Home order will kick in late Sunday, December 6 for at least three weeks. The order asks residents to stay in except for essential outings, wear a mask outside of the home and keep a safe distance from those outside of your household unit. It also includes travel restrictions and closure of outdoor dining and certain indoor business sectors. Read the order here. More information at

Business and Residents Prepare for Regional Stay at Home Order

December 3, 2020. The Governor announced today a Regional Stay Home Order that will go into effect promptly in regions with less than 15% ICU availability. Estimates place our region under the order in about five days if trends continue. It will prohibit private gatherings of any size, closes sector operations except for critical infrastructure and retail, and requires 100% masking and physical distancing in all others. The order will remain in effect for at least 3 weeks and, after that period, will be lifted when a region’s projected ICU capacity meets or exceeds 15%. This will be assessed on a weekly basis after the initial 3 week period. Learn more about this order. 

Riverside County Public Health Asks Us to Celebrate Smaller, Shorter and Safer

November 24, 2020. With the recent rise in coronavirus cases and COVID-19 hospitalizations, state health officials are urging residents to limit possible exposure to the virus by reducing the number of people they have contact with during Thanksgiving. Read the full release here.

Limited Stay-at-Home Order Goes into Place on November 21-December 21

November 19, 2020. The State has instituted a limited stay-at-home-order from 10 p.m. to 5 response to case and hospitalization increases over 50% This is a targeted effort to address gatherings and types of events that contribute most to spread. You can view the order here. Visit for county-specific information.

State issues new Face Cover Guidelines, Shortens Tier-Shift Timelines

November 16, 2020 New State guidance mandates that a face covering is required at all times outside the home, with some exceptions. View more on this updated guidance. Due to the need for more immediate intervention, California has also adjusted its ability to change County tiers at any time, according to data. More on these changes on the Governor's Re-opening Website.

State Issues New Travel Guidance

November 13, 2020. In preparation for increased holiday travel and rising COVID case rates across the country, the State has issued new travel guidelines that include avoiding all non-essential travel and quarantining before leaving and after returning home when essential travel is required. View the travel guidelines here.

Low Testing Contributes to Slide Back into More Restrictive Purple Tier

October 20, 2020. Riverside County’s metrics include a 5.2 positivity rate and 9.1 case rate. While the positivity rate is within the red tier range, the case rate – cases per 100,000 people – is within the purple tier. Riverside County’s case rate is also worsened by the state’s upwards adjustment for not reaching the statewide median of PCR swab tests. Read the full release from Riverside County Public Health.

Declining Number and Increased Testing Allow Some Re-openings

September 22, 2020. Today Riverside County moved into the less restrictive Red Tier, which allows indoor operations in many sectors. The number of tests, the number of cases and the positivity rate are all factors in how quickly we open--and stay open. will take you to an interactive page where you can see exactly what's open and required modifications by business sector.

State Unveils New Reopening Metrics

August 29, 2020. Effective Tuesday, September 1, 2020, barbershops, hair salons, all retail and malls may reopen indoors (with modifications) as part of the State's simplified, four-tiered system to guide reopening over the long-term. A county's tier placement is determined by the number of cases and the positivity rate. While Riverside County remains on the watch list at the highest tier with an 8.6 positivity rate, our numbers continue to drop. When we stay below the tier's threshold for three weeks, the County can move to the next, less restrictive tier and off the watch list. has added an interactive tool where you can look up the status of business sector openings, view county numbers and link directly to safe re-opening guidelines.

View the City Guidelines for Outdoor Dining, Personal Services and Fitness Centers

August 24, 2020. The City continues to temporarily suspending some parking rules and fees to support outdoor operations as allowed by the State for a variety of sectors, including restaurants, gyms and hair salons/barbershops. View the guidelines under Local Actions on this page.

Where to Dine AlFresco? We have the List!

August 12. 2020. With modified the outdoor dining allowed, the City has been working to help local restaurants that may not have an existing patio make the transition to parking lot or sidewalk dining. We reached out to see who is currently offering alfresco dining. You can View the list here

City Awards First Murrieta Back to Business Grant

August 5, 2020. City of Murrieta issued its first Back-to-Business grant of $10K to Martin Corso, owner and Chef at The Chef’s Grille restaurant on Jefferson Avenue in Murrieta. The funds will support lease and payroll expenses, and are designed to strengthen small businesses impacted by COVID19. Read the press release or view some pictures from the event.

Clarifications on Latest Closures

July 20, 2020. Gyms, houses of worship, restaurants, offices for non-critical sectors and most hair salon and barber shop services are allowed to operate outdoors. The July 13, 2020, halted indoor operations only. The exception is bars, which must close indoor and outdoor services, unless they are also serving food. More at:

State Announces Additional Limits to Indoor Operations

July 13, 2020. In response to continued increases in COVID-19 rates, the State has ordered that fitness centers, worship services, offices for non-critical sectors, personal care services, hair salons and barber shops stop all indoor operations. This applies to all counties, on the State monitoring list, which includes Riverside. More information on the State of California COVID website. View the full order here.

To Maintain Continuity of Services, City Hall Reinstates its Public Closure

July 4, 2020. To help ensure continuity of services to the community during increased COVID-19 activity, City Hall is reinstating its public closure effective July 6, 2020. We will keep most operations in place behind the scenes and virtually. 

Governor Pulls Back Re-opening in Response to Growing Numbers

July 1, 2020. Nineteen counties, including Riverside have been ordered to stop all indoor operations in restaurants, wineries, theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos and museums and cardrooms. Bars are fully ordered closed in all 19 counties. This order is effective immediately. More information is available at

Riverside County Public Health Closes Bars Countywide

In response to a growing number of COVID-19 cases, the County has order all bars closed effective June 30 and until further notice. Read the full release here.

County to Begin COVID-19 Anitibody Study

June 22, 2020. Riverside County will invite a statistically representative sample (about 3,500) residents to participate in COVID-19 antibody testing. Officials say that the information will help them understand the prevalence of the disease and how it has spread in communities. Read more here. Those not invited who are interested in testing, can contact their medical provider or participate in an upcoming Life Stream blood drive, which includes free antibody testing. As a reminder: There is still uncertainty about whether the presence of antibodies provides long-term immunity.

Face Coverings Now Required Statewide

June 18, 2020. In an effort to reduce the spread of COVD-19, the State has announced effective immediately, Californians must wear face coverings in common and public indoor spaces and outdoors when distancing is not possible. Learn more about the guidance and limited exceptions here

Nail Salons Get the County OK

June 17, 2020. Riverside County announced that additional personal care businesses, including nail salons and body art shops, may reopen in on Friday (June 19) with increased measures to slow the spread of coronavirus. In addition, wedding ceremonies, (using guidelines for religious services) and libraries (using retail guidelines) may open Friday. These businesses are part of the state’s new guidance to include more industries in accelerated stage two, as announced on June 12, 2020. View the press release. On June 12, 2020. California gave counties the OK to decide if nail salons, tattoo parlors to reopen starting June 19, 2020. We are waiting to hear from the County on how this impacts our region.

County Moves Forward with Additional Re-Openings 

June 10, 2020. Riverside County Public Health has announced the following business are eligible to re-open beginning Friday, June 12, 2020, as we continue through accelerated Stage 2 of the State’s re-opening plan. They also emphasize the need for distancing and face covering to counter a growing number of cases. Read the full release.

  • Hotels, motels, inns (for tourism and travel)
  • Schools, day camps, daycares
  • Campgrounds and outdoor recreation
  • Filming for television and music industries
  • Restaurants, bars and wineries
  • Theme parks (no rides), zoos and museums
  • Professional sports (no audience)
  • Movie theaters and family entertainment centers
  • Gyms and fitness centers

Back-to-Business Grants Closed

June 8, 2020. Pre-applications have closed for the City’s Back-to-Business grants. We will be reaching out to all applicants this week, and the first 25 qualified applicants will more forward. Make sure to check out other business support opportunities at

State Moves Forward With Additional Re-Openings

June 7, 2020. The State has given counties the option to schools, open day camps, bars, gyms, campgrounds and professional sports to begin reopening with precautions in a week. Hotels, casinos, museums, zoos and aquariums and resuming music, film and television production may also resume in select counties. More at the COVID State Reopening Website.Re-openings, while allowed in these sectors, are now under the authority of the County and School District and must be in accordance with state guidelines to decrease germ spread.

City Establishes Business Grant Program

June 3, 2020. The Murrieta City Council approved a small business grant program, with a total of $250K available ($10K per eligible business) for local businesses impacted by COVID-19. More at

City Hall Opens It’s Doors

June 1, 2020. Murrieta City Hall has opened its doors, initially with limited public hours from 8 a.m. to noon M-Th and alternate Fridays. We have implemented modifications per public health guidelines and require all visitors to cover their face and participate in a quick screening before. Get more information here on visiting City Hall.

Barbershops and Beauty Salons May Open

May 26, 2020. Barbershops and hair salons may now reopen in Riverside County following statewide guidance to allow for haircuts, styling and coloring. The new guidelines, part of an ongoing acceleration that further opens the state economy, were announced Tuesday, View more.

Churches Get the OK to Open in Riverside Co.

May 25, 2020. Churches, temples, synagogues, mosques and other places of worship may now reopen in Riverside County following statewide guidance to allow religious services throughout the state. This statewide allowance comes after Riverside County requested on May 15 for religious services to have special consideration for reopening during the state’s accelerated stage two. View more.

RivCo Meets Guidelines for Accelerated Re-Opening

On May 22, 2020, Riverside County received approval for acceleration through Stage 2, allowing us to open in-house dining and in-person shopping with accommodations. The City of Murrieta is working with restaurants to relax parking requirements and facilitate more outdoor dining.

Getting back to business safely is a priority for our community. We will continue to advocate and support local business while emphasizing best practices in public health. We will push to get rules changed that may not be a match for us, take action where we have the authority, and demonstrate cooperation in challenging times. These pages will reflect the latest information on our re-opening process and how businesses can prepare to open safely.

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Stages of Reopening June 12 FINAL