A temporary ban on all vacation rentals and hotel stays not related to coronavirus response went into effect Tuesday in Palm Springs.
“The health and safety of Palm Springs residents is our top priority,” City Manager David Ready said in a statement. “We continue to strongly urge our residents, unless they are an essential worker, to stay home and shelter in place per our emergency declaration mandate.”
The order applies to all temporary lodging including hotels and vacation rentals like Airbnb, unless those rentals are being used for “migration and containment measures related to the spread” of COVID-19, a city statement reads.
Violators can be fined $5,000 for their first offense, $10,000 for their second and $25,000 for their third, the order reads.
City officials urged visitors to cancel all bookings through April 30, although the order will remain in effect until an unspecified future date.
“Visitors currently staying in a vacation rental, homeshare or hotel should return to their home community immediately and shelter in place,” Ready said.
Ready declared a local emergency in Palm Springs due to the pandemic on March 14, which was later ratified by the City Council on March 19.
Rancho Mirage city officials on Monday issued a similar order that also barred temporary rentals, which is set to remain in effect until June 1 unless amended earlier.
As of noon Tuesday, there were 48 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Riverside County, with 25 in the Coachella Valley. Six people have died from complications associated with the disease, all in the Coachella Valley.