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City of Coachella declares local emergency

Allows increased efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19

COACHELLA, Calif. (March 19, 2020) – As Director of Emergency Services, Coachella City Manager William Pattison has signed a Proclamation of Local Emergency to combat coronavirus (COVID-19). 

This proclamation activates the city’s Emergency Operations Center at Management Watch Level. By closely monitoring directives from the State of California and Riverside County Department of Public Health, the City of Coachella will be able to quickly respond and take action as necessary to protect residents and help reduce the impact of coronavirus. 

“The health and wellbeing of our residents is a priority,” says Coachella Mayor Steven Hernandez. “This measure allows us to take additional actions as necessary to protect the public health.” 

In addition to offering increased capabilities to act on behalf of residents, the emergency declaration positions the city to be reimbursed by state and federal governments for expenses related to coronavirus response.

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The City of Coachella was incorporated in 1946 and is a 29-square mile municipality of approximately 46,351 residents located in eastern Riverside County, in a region collectively known as the Coachella Valley in Southern California. Coachella is about 97 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border and about 1.5 hours from Los Angeles. For more information, please visit the City’s website:

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City of Coachella acts to assist residents impacted by coronavirus

Post Date:03/30/2020 5:19 PM

COACHELLA, Calif. (March 27, 2020) – The Coachella City Council approved an eviction moratorium for residents struggling to pay their bills due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

To assist those struggling financially as a result of coronavirus, the City Council approved a temporary moratorium on foreclosures and evictions from residential and commercial properties through May 31, 2020. Residents must notify landlords if they need to temporarily suspend payments and make arrangements to pay the missed payments within six months after the end of the current State of Emergency. This city moratorium will help protect residents even if the state eviction suspension order is lifted.

The City previously suspended residential water service shutoffs due to late or delinquent payments, along with any new late payment charges through the end of May.

“We understand this is a difficult time for all of us, with a lot of uncertainty,” said Coachella Mayor Steven Hernandez. “With many residents losing their jobs, we are trying to help people maintain the basic necessities; access to fresh water and a place to stay.”

In addition, the city approved a measure to enhance efforts to crack down on non-essential businesses that are still operating despite the current state and county orders.

The City of Coachella is closely monitoring developments of this public health emergency and will take additional action if necessary to protect public health and safety.


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Urgency Ordinance No. 1159: Violation of Emergency Order

 Urgency Ordinance No. 1160: COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium (updated April 8, 2020)

Resolution No. 2020-20: Emergency Order Administrative Fine Schedule (Updated April 8, 2020)

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