The new regulations approved by City Council are as follows:
- Effective immediately, customers, employees and other visitors are required to wear face coverings in indoor settings, such as stores and restaurants, regardless of vaccination status.
- Proof of vaccine or negative COVID-19 test required indoors when entering a bar or restaurant. Restaurants have three weeks to implement the necessary requirements.
- Proof of vaccination status or proof of a negative COVID-19 test required for all ticketed, City-permitted large events, such as Splash House and Dinah Shore Weekend, effective immediately
- Face coverings required at VillageFest, the City’s weekly Thursday night street fair, beginning Thursday, Aug. 12.
- City employees required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID- 19 test.
On Monday, the City of Palm Springs began requiring mandatory face coverings for all City employees and patrons indoors at all City facilities, and by City employees while outdoors and interacting closely with others.
“The top priority of the City Council is always the health and safety of our community and we have heard from our residents, businesses and workers overwhelmingly that they want their leaders to set an example and implement necessary precautions to keep Palm Springs safe,” said Mayor Christy Holstege, who called for last night’s special meeting to consider the new safety requirements.
“We have made hard decisions quickly to hopefully prevent harder decisions in the near future,” said Holstege. “Our residents, businesses and workers recognize the need to once again pivot, and the City Council has listened. I am extremely proud of our community.”
For more information and updates regarding the City’s COVID-19 response, visit www.palmspringsca.gov.