County calls for short-term lodging to limit business to COVID-19 response only

Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser ordered all short-term lodging, including short-term home rentals, hotels, and motels, to limit business to COVID 19 response only. The order states that no owner, tenant, or marketing agent may rent or lease any short-term rental, vacation rental, or timeshare. The order applies to all cities and unincorporated areas of Riverside County.

Limited activities that are still allowed under this order include providing lodging to protect the homeless population or for essential workers. Providing lodging for anyone who must leave their home to safely isolate away from other family members, or family members displaced due to someone self-isolating at home, are also permitted under the order.

“Now isn’t the time to visit Riverside County,” Kaiser said. “Slowing the spread of COVID-19 means folks need to stay put in their own neighborhoods. Unless you’ve got nowhere else safe to be, please visit later.”

“There have been many questions about short-term rentals during this time, so I appreciate and fully support this order,” Riverside County Board Chair and Fourth District Supervisor V. Manuel Perez said.

Kaiser’s order is in conjunction with Governor Newsom’s order to stay at home issued on March 19, the County of Riverside local health emergency declared on March 8, as well as the local emergency proclaimed on March 10. Kaiser previously ordered all Riverside County schools, colleges, and universities to close until April 30.


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