Re-Opening Guidance for Businesses

For businesses getting ready to re-open, please review the guidance documents below to re-open safely:


California has a new blueprint for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities. Every county in California is assigned to one of four tiers (minimal, moderate, substantial, widespread) based on its rate of new cases and positivity.  To find the status of what businesses and activities can open by county, visit the website.

As California moves into each tier of the Bluepprint for a Safer Economy, every business should take steps to reduce the risk of COVID-19 and create a safer environment for workers and customers. To view the industry-specific statewide guidance set forth by the State for businesses to re-open safely, please visit

Riverside County is in the substantial/red tier, which allows the following industries to now reopen with modifications: 

  • Restaurants indoor dining up to 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer  
  • Retail indoor up to 50% capacity  
  • Shopping Centers up to 50% capacity and food courts up to 25% capacity; common areas remain closed  
  • Museums indoor access up to 25% capacity  
  • Places of Worship indoor services up to 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer 
  • Movie Theaters indoor services up to 25% capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer 
  • Gyms and Fitness Centers indoor operations up to 10% capacity  
  • Hotels and Lodging Fitness Centers up to 10% capacity  
  • Personal Care Services indoor services (nail salons, esthetique services, etc.)  

These are the main guidelines; however, Riverside County and City of Temecula also has some guidance that are complementary to the State’s.


Businesses anticipating a re-opening are expected to complete and implement a Safe Reopening Plan that addresses employee and customer health measures. The safe reopening plan does not require County approval, but businesses are encouraged to make the plan available so that the public and staff are aware of the precautions it addresses. 

CLICK HERE to download a PDF of Riverside County’s Safe Reopening Guidelines.

Five Essential Actions for Individuals and Businesses (July 8)
What to do if an employee is suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 (July 8)
What to expect when employees are quarantined or isolated (July 8)


The City of Temecula has also developed safe re-opening guidance for Temecula Valley. This Community Recovery and Reopening Plan represents the collective efforts of the City of Temecula and industry stakeholders, including but not limited to the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce, Visit Temecula Valley, The Promenade, and Temecula Valley Hospital. The recommendations within this plan are based on industry best practices and procedures. Users of this document are encouraged to review guidelines and mandates from the County of Riverside, State of California and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention prior to taking any action. These are complementary to County and State guidelines and if in conflict, County and State guidance and regulations should be followed.

CLICK HERE to download a PDF of the City of Temecula’s Community Recovery and Reopening Plan.