The City is closely monitoring the situation and following the recommendations provided by the State Governor, Riverside County Department of Public Health, and the CDC, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, guidelines. The information provided on COVID-19 changes rapidly. The following FAQ will provide resources, updates and information, to help keep our community informed, safe, and healthy. All information is provided by the CDC and Riverside County Public Health.
- Click here to access the Riverside County Safe Reopening Guidelines.
- Click here to access the Statewide Industry Guidance.
- Click here to access the Dine-in Restaurant Guidelines.
- Click here to access the Yard Sale Guidelines.
- Click here to access the Office Settings Guidelines.
- Click here to access the Places of Worship Guidelines.
- Click here to access City of Perris Resolution No. 5669 requiring face coverings and social distancing.
- Click here to access Riverside County COVID-19 testing locations.
- Click here to read the "Executive Order N-35-20" from the State of California.
- Click here to read the "Executive Order N-37-20" from the State of California.
- Click here to read the "Essential Service Definition" from the County of Riverside.
What is COVID-19?
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. For more information, please visit the CDC website on COVID-19 or Riverside County Public Health, or you can contact the County of Riverside Coronavirus Information Line at 2-1-1.
What can I do to protect myself and prevent the spread of disease?
- Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol;
- Take extra measures to put 6 feet distance between ourselves and others;
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
- Stay home if you’re sick except to get medical care;
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or elbow;
- Do not touch your face, mouth, eyes or nose
- Wear a facemask when you leaving home, including essential workers;
- Clean and disinfect surfaces regularly
- Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak from the CDC and RIVCO PH
For more information on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, please visit the CDC website for more information.
How can people help stop the stigma related to COVID- 19?
People can fight stigma and help, not hurt, others by providing social support. Counter stigma by learning and sharing facts. Communicating the facts that viruses do not target specific racial or ethnic groups and how COVID-19 actually spreads can help stop stigma.
For more information regarding stigma related to COVID- 19, please visit the CDC website.
What are some cleaners I could use at home?
For disinfection, diluted household bleach solutions, alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol, and most common EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective.
- Diluted household bleach solutions can be used if appropriate for the surface. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.
- Prepare a bleach solution by mixing:
- 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water or
- 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water
For more information regarding effective disinfectants, please visit the CDC website.
Can the virus that causes COVID-19 be spread through food, including refrigerated or frozen food?
Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread from person-to-person through respiratory droplets. Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with food. Before preparing or eating food it is important to always wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds for general food safety. Throughout the day wash your hands after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, or going to the bathroom.
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
In general, because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, there is likely very low risk of spread from food products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient, refrigerated, or frozen temperatures.
For more information transmission, please visit the CDC website, or click here to read a message from the Riverside County Health Officer regarding gatherings of 10 or more in food facilities.
What to do if you think you’re sick:
Please follow the steps provided by the CDC if you believe you are sick with COVID-19 linked here:
What is social distancing?
A mass gathering is a planned or spontaneous event with a large number of people in attendance that could strain the planning and response resources of the community hosting the event, such as a concert, festival, conference, or sporting event. Therefore, CDC, in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States.
For more information regarding social distancing and gatherings, please visit the CDC website.
City of Perris FAQ:
What is the City of Perris doing? What programs are canceled?
Effective Monday March 16th, the City is keeping central services open but postponing all youth, adult, and senior programming until further notice. The City is also postponing all city-sponsored events through the end of May. The City is taking measures to ensure social distancing, which includes avoiding mass gatherings and maintaining a safe social distance of 6 feet from each other.
In order to slow the spread of COVID-19, commonly known as the “novel coronavirus,” the City of Perris is postponing all City events and programs at:
- The Senior Center
- Bob Glass Gymnasium
- Statler Youth Center
- And The Perris Green City Farm*
- *The Perris Green City Farm will remain open, but all other facilities listed will remain closed until further notice.
Finally, The City of Perris has established a Public Health Hotline where residents can call for more information at 951-435-7206 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m Monday - Friday.
Will parks remain open?
Parks have new hours, Monday through Sunday, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. The following amenities at all Parks will be closing: all playgrounds, picnic shelters, outdoor exercise stations, skate park and basketball courts. Leagues operating at a City park or facility will be postponed until further notice.
Are meals being served to Seniors?
The Senior Center provides seniors with daily meals between the hours of 11:30 am to 1:00pm. The meals are provided through a drive-thru pick-up style. To register for senior center meals please contact the Senior Center at (951) 657-7334.
The City also provides delivered meals to qualifying seniors under the “Great Plates Delivered Program.” Participants must be 65 and older or adults 60-64 who are at high-risk, and are unable to access meals while staying at home and are ineligible for other nutrition programs. To register, please contact the Public Health Hotline at (951) 435-7206.
The City WILL WAIVE ALL ONLINE WATER PROCESSING FEES for residents who receive services through the City Utility District effective Monday March 16, 2020. Click here for more information.
Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) announced a suspension of service disconnections to any customers who are having a hard time paying their bill. This policy will remain in effect until further notice. Customers are encouraged to call 1-877-238-0092 to speak with a representative about their bill. Click here for more information.
Where can I get more information?
For updates regarding COVID-19, please visit the California Department of Public Health Website at cdph.ca.gov/covid19, Riverside County Department of Public Health at https://www.rivcoph.org/ or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.