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All gatherings of 10 or more prohibited

March 18, 2020

BLYTHE, CA – The Blythe Police Department is encouraging safe practices while our Country, State, County and City are asked to follow the orders issued regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Below are guidelines from the ‘Order of the Health Officer of the County of Riverside’ cancelling all gatherings with expected presence above 10 individuals issued March 16, 2020.

All gatherings within the jurisdiction of the Public Health Officer of the County of Riverside with an expected presence of at least 10 individuals taking place between March 16, 2020 and April 30, 2020 inclusive are hereby prohibited, regardless of venue. If a venue is subdivided into multiple spaces separated by physical walls or sufficient airspace, the limit per subdivision of space is 10. This order supersedes the Order of March 12, 2020 regarding mass gatherings.

It is further ordered that even for gatherings below this size, if a minimum social distance of six feet between attendees cannot be maintained in the venue or a subdivision thereof, the gatherings is prohibited.

This Order does not apply to courts of law, medical providers, public utilities, critical county, city and special district operations, critical school operations such as nutrition programs, continuity of business operations, logistics/distribution centers, congregate living settings, daycare and childcare, shelters, public transportation, airport travel, or necessary shopping at fuel stations, stores or malls. However, these settings are instructed to observe all applicable state and federal guidelines for infection control.

Residents are urged to visit for updated information. There is also a Facebook page at you can receive updates on and on Twitter @rivcodoc.

The updated health order restricts mass gatherings of 10 people or more, which is also known as social distancing. The exceptions are mentioned above.

For Kids and Teens under the age of 18, the Palo Verde Unified School district is still providing lunch for them. Lunch can be picked up from the following schools: Appleby, Margaret White, Ruth Brown and Palo Verde High School. Lunch will be served Monday through Friday from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. This will be for lunch pick up only, they will not be allowed to eat in the Cafeteria.

We ask that when you are at the local stores shopping for items that you need in your homes, that you only purchase what is necessary for you and your family. We need to be mindful of others that also need to get basic necessities for their families. Please be respectful of those workers that are doing their best to keep the shelves stocked so that we can continue to get things that we need.

Check on your elderly neighbors to see that they have their basic needs taken care of. We need to be cautious with the restrictions in place, but we also need to take care of one another.

If you are sick or have symptoms of COVID-19, please take the appropriate steps to get the necessary medical treatment you may need.

We understand that the COVID-19 has affected many lives outside of our community. It has disrupted our daily routines such as school, church, sports, and many other activities that we look forward to. We ask that as individuals, you continue to follow the guidelines that have been put out by the County of Riverside Health Officer, as well as the State and Federal Officials. Let’s all do our part to keep ourselves and our families safe.

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