All special events in Cathedral City through April will be postponed in order to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus, city officials said Tuesday.
The move stemmed from a mandate by the Riverside County public heath officer barring no more than 10 people from gathering at any one place at any one time to reduce exposure risk, according to a city statement.
Movies in the Park, Easter Kidapalooza and Two for Tuesdays at Desert Ice Castle will be rescheduled, although specific dates were not provided.
During an emergency meeting on Monday, the City Council voted to declare a local emergency. The order mostly rearranged how city staffers conduct business, including requiring all employee meetings be held via teleconference “unless a critical need exists that dictates otherwise.”
Last week, the annual State of the City was rescheduled to May 28, and other events were canceled including LGBT Days and City Hall at Your Corner.
Cathedral City follows in the steps of Palm Springs, whose city manager issued an emergency order late Monday requiring all cannabis lounges and commercial gyms in the city close immediately. David Ready also issued an emergency order on Sunday requiring all bars, nightclubs and breweries in the city close their doors.
Indio too declared a local emergency on Monday, which must be ratified by the Indio City Council at Thursday’s regularly scheduled meeting.
The announcement comes a day after two Riverside County residents died from complications related to the novel coronavirus, the first known fatalities tied to the pathogen since cases were confirmed just over a week ago.
Both deaths occurred in the Coachella Valley, but no other details were provided by the county Department of Public Health.
County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser on Monday also revised a prior order barring gatherings of more than 250 people, instead mandating that no more than 10 people be permitted to gather at any one place at any one time to reduce exposure risks.
The coronavirus has so far been confirmed to have infected 15 Riverside County residents, including two people aboard the Diamond Princess cruise liner that docked in the San Francisco Bay last month.
One of those passengers has since returned to the county, while another remains in Northern California where they are receiving treatment, according to Riverside University Health System spokesman Jose Arballo.
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