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  • Writer's pictureKathy Condon

Visiting Palm Springs During the Pandemic?

Updated: Aug 3, 2020

Are you wondering what you can expect? Here is a view of what to expect in our community as of today, July 30, 2020. Please understand conditions can change.

You will be greeted by flashing, temporary signs stating masks are necessary. A little farther downtown Palm Springs Drive you will see the banner stretched across the street again reminded you masks are mandatory. AND our community is VERY serious about this regulation.


Our retail stores are open. As one would assume, this period tested our retailers to the max to become innovative. You will see lots of plexiglass, and signs in the window warning you masks are required. Some stores are more bare than usual and understandable since many of them are struggling to pay their rent. New inventory is not in their budgets, which have shrunk for customers who are few during the weekdays.

However, you will still find fun, useful items you need or to remind you of your visit to our quaint community. Shopkeepers will welcome you and willing to share their knowledge of their many products and the great attributes of our community.


Outside dining is available. Many of our restaurants have been able to adapt their patios, lawns, and parking lots to delightful places to enjoy time with your friend and families.

If you have been to our community and have developed an appreciation for a particular restaurant that has only indoor dining, it is closed to diners. However, it behooves you to check those restaurant websites or give them a call. They may offer curbside pickup.

Museums are Closed

We are looking forward to the time when we can see exhibits. You might want to sign up for Palm Springs Art Museum newsletter, which offers some peeks in the collection through videos.

The Palm Springs Air Museum is closed. However, recently they honored our essential workers with a flyover across the entire Coachella Valley.

Hotels and Rental homes

They are open, with strict regulations. Large groups can be sure they will not be looked upon kindly by local citizens. While wanting to welcome you, we trust you will honor the community in which we live.

Hiking Trails

Our trails are open and request you honor social distancing and wear your mask when you are in the vicinity of others. However, it is extremely hot now, so your hiking needs to be scheduled in the morning. Be sure to carry more water than you think you will need.

Morning and Evening Walks in our Neighborhoods

We all require exercise. A great way to explore our community is to walk through our neighborhoods. Each one of them is different from unexpected landscaping, unusual gates with both western and modernism architecture. Sculptures show up in unexpected places in this community. Don’t forget to look down and see our stars dedicated to movie stars who once graced our area and leaders who made this community a place we all love to call home.

We welcome you and appreciate your patience as we adjust and look forward to the day where we can welcome you to our many events and special places.

Kathy Condon is a freelance travel writer and blogger. She is the Founder of the Palm Springs Insider Guide Her book It Doesn’t Hurt to Ask: It’s All About Communication was named Best Book Finalist By USA Book News 760-902-3094

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