The Cathedral City Economic Development Department is committed to keeping our Cathedral City Business community up to date on County, State and Federal resources which are being made available to assist small businesses during these challenging times. Please check the website daily as information is constantly evolving. Other websites that are providing valuable and timely updates include: SBA disaster assistance, Riverside County Health, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Please email me at with questions on the aforementioned resources or if you need assistance completing various applications.

Our business community is an integral component of the beautiful and unique tapestry that makes up Cathedral City. As a City, we must come together to support our businesses. It will be through this unity and support we will both preserve and enrich the beautiful tapestry, which has been assembled over the last 39 years.

“Alone, we can do so little; together we can do so much” (Helen Keller, July 1888)

City Council Extends Facial Covering Emergency Order to December 10th

The City Council voted 3-2 Wednesday night to extend a citywide Emergency Order that requires the use of facial coverings (masks) at all indoor public spaces and outdoor public spaces when social distancing with others outside of your household is not possible. Several exceptions would include eating, drinking, or receiving services that requires the removal of a mask including facials and facial hair treatments. The new Emergency Order #5B will extend through December 10, 2021.  The City Council will look at the positive case data by December 10th to determine whether there is a need to extend the mask requirement beyond December 10th or to rescind or amend the order.

Festival goers coming to Halloween Spooktacular, Cathedral City Hot Air Balloon Festival, and the Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony will need to wear a facial covering as social distancing in most cases will not be possible.

For more information, go to:

Emergency Order No. 5B

Download Emergency Order No. 5b

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New Video to Help Businesses Understand Emergency Orders 5 & 6

Cathedral City
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Assistance Program

Cathedral City Small Business Assistance Portal

Quick Links to Key Resource (Details on resources below

Re-opening Resources

Coachella Valley Resource Centers – Free of Charge

Each of these entities can assist with SBA loan applications as well as micro and bridge loans.  Click here for the Streamlined SBA Loan Application

Federal Loan Assistance

Local Lenders Processing SBA PPP Loans

Regional Lenders Processing SBA PPP Loans

State of California Assistance

  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Program
    This is a newly available emergency unemployment assistance program under the federal CARES Act.  PUA provides assistance for unemployed or partially unemployed individuals who are not eligible for regular unemployment insurance and who are unable or unavailable to work due to COVID-19 related circumstances.
  • CA Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBank) Finance Program
    The State of California is allocating $50 million to the Small Business Finance Center at California’s IBank to mitigate barriers to capital for those small businesses (1-750 employees) that may not qualify for federal funds (including businesses in low-wealth and immigrant communities). The $50 million allocation will be used to recapitalize the IBank Small Business Loan Guarantee Program.

Other Assistance

Tax Assistance

Tax deadlines are extended until July 15, 2020

Employer/Employee Information


Coronavirus Rumor Control
Rumors can easily circulate within communities during a crisis, stay informed on what is rumor versus fact related to the coronavirus response.

Coronavirus Response: How to Help
Everyone has a role to play in the whole community fight against COVID-19. Learn how to help if you are a company with medical supplies to donate or sell, a volunteer who is medically trained, or  a member of the general public.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Messaging and Resource Links


For Condominiums, Homeowners Associations, and Housing Cooperatives

Local Marketing Opportunities

Business Resources

COVID-19 Business Signage

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Business Plan

When creating your plan, here are resources which will help you get through this situation
When creating your plan, below are resources which will help you get through this situation

The resources below provide information about organizations who are working to minimize the financial impacts to small businesses.


Dr Kaiser Special Presentation to Cathedral City Council on November 10, 2020

Mayor Aguilar Calls on Residents to “Mask Up to Protect Your Family”

RIVCO COVID-19 Business Assistance Grant Program

Mayor John Aguilar Speaks about the Coronavirus and the Great Plates Meal Program for Seniors

Cathedral City’s Economic Development Department Is Here for Businesses

E-mail Updates

Subscribe to receive COVID-19 Updates from Cathedral City Economic Development Department


The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act

The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now .


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Hair Salons and Barber Shops Reopen

Governor Newsom has announced that County’s such as Riverside with attestation plans approved may now allow the operation of hair salons and barber shops. Of course these businesses need to follow the practices set forward by the State. This allowance is effective immediately.

The guidance for those facilities operations can be found here:

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