COVID Restrictions to Be Lifted Statewide on June 15!
While California experienced a rather dramatic surge in COVID-19 cases after the holiday season, the number of new cases has dropped such that we now have the lowest number of new cases per capita of any state in the U.S. right now. As a result, California plans to remove current COVID-related
restrictions on June 15, assuming that
1) we have sufficient vaccine supply and
2) hospitalizations remain stable and low.
The state, and Riverside County in specific - have made substantial progress in the fight against COVID. In the county, new cases are averaging 3.9 per day per 100,000 people and the positivity rate is 2.1%. The county has fully vaccinated 31.6% of its residents and 46.1% have had at least one dose of the vaccine. Statewide 39.8% of our residents are fully vaccinated and 59.4% have received at least one dose.
Click HERE for up-to-date COVID-19 information for Riverside County.
PLANNING FOR REOPENING
As we look forward to getting back to a semblance of “normal” here in the Palm Springs area, we are starting to see many of our favorite events and venues lay out their plans for the reopening.
The McCallum Theatre is gearing up for a full season of wonderful shows, and tickets go on sale mid-May. You’ll enjoy musicals Hairspray & Jersey Boys as well as concerts by Pink Martini, Judy Collins, Christ Botti, and much more. The calendar of events is now available online and you can view it at this link: McCallum Event Calendar.
Live music is planning its return with many of the local shows at the casinos being rescheduled for later this year. Upcoming shows include Franki Valley and the Four Seasons, Johnny Mathis, Chicago, Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, Pitbull, and more. Tickets to rescheduled shows are available now at Agua Caliente and Fantasy Springs casinos:
Click HERE Agua Caliente show calendar
Click HERE Fantasy Springs show calendar
We are starting to see some of our usual seasonal events return to a more “normal” experience. ShortFest, the international short film festival will be the first film festival in Palm Springs to hold all of its screenings in-theater rather than online. ShortFest will be held June 22-28 and tickets will go on sale May 17. You can get more information and buy tickets at this link: Palm Springs ShortFest.
THINGS TO DO IN MAY
Currently, restaurants are open for outdoor dining and indoor dining at reduced capacity, so you can still eat out and avoid the heat. Casinos are open, as are retail shops, museums, and art galleries, at reduced capacity. And of course, we still have an abundance of outdoor activities to enjoy, including golf, tennis, pickleball, biking, and hiking.
Desert X, Through May 16
The third edition of this popular, valley-wide outdoor art experience features eleven art installations! You can download an iOS or Android app to assist you on your self-guided tour.
Click HERE for information and a map of the installations.
Comedy & Improv Festival, May 21-23
If you love comedy & improv, and you want to be the life of the party, you can discover your inner comedian in these improv workshops, comedy shows, and competitions at the CVRep Theatre in Cathedral City. You’ll learn from the pros and have a great time doing it!
Click HERE for more information.
Toby Keith, May 15
Live music is starting to return to the desert, and Spotlight 29 Casino features the country music Toby Keith in their outdoor venue Coachella Crossroads this month!
Click HERE to purchase tickets.
Play Pickleball, May 22-23
This sport borrows a bit from tennis, ping-pong, and racquetball and is one of the fastest-growing sports in the country. If you’re not a member of a local country club that offers the sport, you can hit the courts at Fritz Burns Park in La Quinta or Freedom Park in Palm Desert.
Click HERE to for more information on Freedom Park
Click HERE to for more information on Fritz Burns Park
Ride a Vintage Warbird
The Palm Springs Air Museum is not just a museum but prides itself on the fact that they still fly many of the planes in their collection. For a unique, one-of-a-kind experience, you can book a ride in one of five vintage aircraft that played important roles in our military’s past.
Click HERE to for more information
Just a quick 30-minute drive from Palm Springs, the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve is an internationally recognized birding site and is home to more than 250 different species of birds. You’ll also enjoy hiking on the preserve’s six trails ranging from 1/2 mile to 11 miles in length.
Click HERE to for more information
Check Out a New Restaurant
While many restaurants were either temporarily shut down or operating at reduced capacity during the pandemic, several new restaurants have opened recently, including one that has a special menu for man’s best friend, so now’s a great time to support the newest additions to our local dining scene
- Cafe La Jefa- This Latina-owned modern coffeehouse offers specialty crafted coffee, teas, and healthy gourmet food-to-go. Click HERE for more information.
- El Patio - This family-owned establishment features authentic Mexican cuisine and outdoor patio dining. Click HERE for more information.
- Boozehounds - Boozehounds is a pet-friendly restaurant, café, and bar, that offers gluten-free and vegan options for humans and a special menu of food for dogs. Click HERE for more information.
- Bar Cecil - A luxe new bar and bistro that pays homage to the artist, diarist, and designer Cecil Beaton. Check out The Fifty Dollar Martini -- Yes, it's really $50 -- but features Beluga Vodka and cavier! Click HERE for more information.
Don’t forget to check out The Monday Minute every Monday to get an up-to-date snapshot of our local real estate market.
- Is inventory improving?
- Are home prices still rising?
- What is the average sale price?
Check out the Monday Minute each week for an answer to these questions and more. You’ll find it every Monday at this link: www.TheMondayMinute.com
To view our most recent full month market report, click here: Desert Market Update.
Or give us a call at (760) 625-7229, or visit www.thehamiltonregroup.com, for an easy-to-use home search, and for information on how we can help you with all your important real estate needs.