Beginning Monday, visitors to Palm Springs City Hall and other city buildings must wear masks due to a recent uptick in coronavirus infections, it was announced Friday.

In addition, the Palm Springs City Council will gather via Zoom video-conferencing next Wednesday at a special meeting to discuss additional COVID-19 protocols.

The city said all staff members and customers must cover their faces when in public or crowded settings, or in other settings that “involve sustained close contact with other people who are either unvaccinated or with unknown vaccination status.”

Masks will be provided at city facilities to people who do not have one.

The new directive comes two days after Riverside County recommended that residents wear masks in indoor public settings regardless of vaccination status. The advice followed the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention taking the same stance the day before.

The county’s action, however, was only a recommendation, not a mandate, for vaccinated people. State rules require unvaccinated people to wear masks indoors.

The 4:30 p.m. special meeting Wednesday can be livestreamed at

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