Stay at Home Order from Governor Newsom

Effective immediately, the state of CA issued a Public Health Order requiring people to stay home except for essential needs. This order may be extended, depending on recommendations from public health officials. 

Vulnerable populations, including the elderly or immunocompromised, must stay home. Other residents must stay at their place of residence unless they are getting food, caring for a relative or friend, receiving necessary health care or going to an essential job. 

Residents can still go outside for walks, as long as six feet of distance between people is still enforced.

Read the full Public Health Order: Click here

Why is this necessary?

 This mandatory Public Health Order is a necessary intervention to reduce harm from the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community. 

Communities and individuals must do everything we can to prevent the situation from getting worse in a matter of days or weeks. We need and appreciate the cooperation from everyone who lives and works in Indian Wellsto act immediately.

While this news may feel alarming, this is a needed step to prevent the situation from worsening. The patterns of the virus around the world, and in our own state, indicate that taking these precautions to maximize social distancing and restrict people gathering is the best way to fight the spread of the virus and save lives. 

We know that there will likely be many questions and concerns, as this is a major change being taken to protect public health. Please be patient and kind to one another. As a community, we will get through this. 

Read the full Public Health Order here

How long will we stay home?

The Order went into effect on March 19, 2020. As of now, the mandate will last until further notice.

The Order will only be in place as long as necessary and the Health Officer will be closely monitoring the situation every day to determine what adjustments need to be made. 

What is still open?

These essential services will remain open:

  • City/County government services: Police stations, fire stations, hospitals/clinics and healthcare operations, jails, courts, garbage/sanitation, transportation, utilities (water, power, and gas) and City offices
  • Gas stations
  • Pharmacies
  • Food: Grocery stores, food banks, convenience stores, take-out and delivery restaurants
  • Hardware stores/plumbers
  • Banks
  • Community benefit organizations on a case-by-case basis
  • Laundromats/laundry services

What is closed?

  • Dine-in restaurants
  • Bars and nightclubs
  • Entertainment venues
  • Gyms and fitness studios

What can’t I do?

  • You cannot engage in group activities in-person with others
  • You cannot invite friends over to your place of residence
  • You cannot go to bars or nightclubs
  • You cannot go to a nail salon or get your hair cut by a stylist or barber
  • You cannot go shopping for non-essential goods
  • You cannot take unnecessary trips on public transportation, in your car or on your motorbike

Is this mandatory or just guidance?

This is a mandatory legal Order issued under the authority of California law. You are required to comply, and it is considered a misdemeanor crime to not follow the order (but the intent is not for anyone to get in trouble).

It is critical for everyone to follow the Order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect themselves, their loved ones, friends, neighbors and the entire community.

What if I need to get healthcare from my medical provider or get my prescription filled?

Yes, you can still address your health needs. Contact your health care provider to see if they are providing regular services, as some may be postponed or canceled. If you are feeling sick, please first call your doctor, a nurse hotline, or an urgent care center.

Drug stores and other medical supply stores are allowed to operate. When possible, you should have the drug store deliver your prescription medicine to your home.

Do not go to the emergency room of a hospital or call 9-1-1 unless you are having an actual emergency.

Can I leave home to visit friends or family members if there is no urgent need?

No. For your safety and the safety of your friends and family members, stay at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Can I leave home to care for my elderly parents or friends who require assistance to care for themselves? Or a friend or family member who has disabilities?

Yes. Be sure that you protect them and you by following social distancing guidelines such as washing hands before and after, using hand sanitizer, maintaining at least six feet of distance when possible, and coughing or sneezing into a tissue. 

Can I visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility, or other residential care facility?

Generally no.

There are limited exceptions, such as if you are going to the hospital with a minor who is under 18 years old or someone who is developmentally disabled and needs assistance.

For most other situations, other existing Orders of the Health Officer addressing this emergency prohibit non-necessary visitation to these kinds of facilities. If you need to know more, please contact the facility you want to visit by phone before you leave. 

This is difficult, but it is necessary in order to protect hospital staff and other patients.

Can I still order and get deliveries from online stores?

Yes. The mail and other delivery services to your home can continue to function, as can food delivery services.

 Can I use ride share, a taxi or public transportation?

 Yes, but only for essential travel. 

 Public transit will continue to operate on a limited basis. When using public transport or ride share services, you should maintain at least six feet (or two to three steps away) from others. 

Should I stock up on food, necessities like toilet paper, and on medicines?

No. You will continue to be able to purchase these items whenever you need them, as stores selling necessary items like grocery stores, pharmacies and hardware stores will remain open. Continue to buy normal quantities of these items on the same schedule you normally do. This will ensure there is enough for everyone.

What should I do if I’m sick and need to go to the hospital or a medical provider? How can I protect others?

 If possible, walk or drive yourself to the healthcare facility. If someone else in your home is sick and can drop you off, that is another good option. You want to try to avoid exposing others to any germs you have, especially if you are seriously ill.

If you have Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) like a surgical mask or N-95 mask, you can wear that to prevent exposing others. If you don’t have that, you could use a temporary method such as wrapping a clean scarf around your mouth and nose to try to reduce droplets when you cough and sneeze.

Although this is not an approved method, it is something you can do to avoid exposing others. Just do the best you can.