Riverside County, and the rest of the state, reopens today (June 1) with capacity limits and physical distancing requirements removed for most businesses and events. Under the proposal, the county would begin its gradual reopening in September. Riverside County would need state approval to reopen under this new schedule because it is currently on California's watch list. Riverside County is one of at least 49% of California counties that received approval to quickly reopen businesses in May without meeting at least one of the state-mandated reopening criteria, according to an analysis by The Desert Sun.
Riverside County filed a letter to the California Department of Public Health last week seeking approval to reopen several business sectors in September, arguing that the closures create an overwhelming burden on residents, from job losses to poor mental health. Reopening Safety Plan (PDF) This document outlines the Riverside County Office of Education (RCOE) plan to comply with the California Department of Public Health Cohort Guidance (CDPH) for school settings in the reopening of student programs in the Programs and Services divisions for Students and Early Learning Services. The California Department of Public Health today moved Riverside County to the red level of the state's reopening framework, allowing more businesses to resume indoor operations.