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Riverside County Board of Supervisors vote to rescind state orders

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 at a special board meeting tonight to direct the rescission of most local health orders to align with the governor’s statewide stay at home order. The unanimous decision by the board moves the county a step closer to reopening.

Starting tomorrow, face coverings and six feet of social distancing will be strongly recommended whenever practical and within reason. Limitations on short term rentals and golf course operations will be rescinded and in alignment with state orders.

The board decided against rescinding an order mandating all schools to stay closed through June 19. Instead, the board amended the order to include only primary schools K-12. Local restrictions on higher education and vocational schools were removed.

Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser and Director of Emergency Services George Johnson plan to sign the amended school order and the rescission of the remaining three orders tomorrow, May 9.

Tonight’s board action also included adopting a best practices framework to guide the development for reopening Riverside County businesses, a plan that is expected to go before the board on Tuesday, May 12.

The supervisors decided against rescinding an order mandating all schools stay closed through June 19. Instead, they amended it to include only K-12 schools. Vocational schools and higher education systems are no longer ordered closed by the county.

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