The Palm Springs City Council will gather Wednesday evening to discuss the possible addition of new mask protocols and other coronavirus-related rules in the wake of rising case numbers.

The special meeting is set for 4:30 p.m., and will be live-streamed at www.palmspringsca.gov/.

In addition, council members will also be discussing the possible requirement of city staff members to be vaccinated.

As of Monday, visitors to Palm Springs City Hall and other city buildings were required to wear masks due to the recent uptick in coronavirus infections.

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 are provided at city facilities to people who do not have one.

The new directive came after Riverside County recommended that residents wear masks in indoor public settings regardless of vaccination status. The advice followed updated guidance from U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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

Riverside County has seen a recent surge in coronavirus cases with 2,025 new cases Tuesday, and an uptick in virus-related hospitalizations. Federal health officials are blaming the highly infectious Delta strain of the virus first detected in India for the recent surge.

Officials say the Delta variant is highly contagious, spreading more easily from person to person. State health officials previously said that the variant is preying on the unvaccinated population, which has an infection rate nearly seven times higher than that of vaccinated residents.

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