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Under California’s current stay-at-home order, hotels in Southern California — including those in Palm Springs — are only open to “essential workers” or people who are quarantining due to COVID-19 exposure. No leisure traveling should be taking place at this time.

The order will be in effect until at least Dec. 27. The coronavirus is spreading at an uncontrollable rate in the state, and the order was triggered in Southern California when hospital intensive care unit capacity dropped below 15 percent in the region.

Here are some things to keep in mind while this order is in place:

  • The city of Palm Springs told the Los Angeles Times that “short-term lodging is available to in-state travelers only if those travelers are traveling on essential business or for COVID-mitigation purposes.” 
  • The state of California considers health care providers and caregivers, members of law enforcement, grocery store employees, and mass transit workers among essential employees. Click here for a full list of essential workers.
  • The California State Public Health Department says nonessential travel includes people going on trips that are “considered tourism or recreational in nature.” 
  • One example of a permissible hotel stay is if your spouse was diagnosed with COVID-19 or exposed to the virus — you could book a room in Palm Springs while they are quarantined in your home.

Throughout this crisis, our hotels have gone above and beyond to keep their guests and staff safe. Learn more about our COVID-19 safety guidelines here.

It will soon be easier than ever for people around the country to fly into Palm Springs.

Southwest Airlines announced earlier this month that it will launch year-round service through Palm Springs International Airport later this year. The low-fare carrier flies out of more than 100 locations, and in a statement, Southwest Chairman and CEO Gary Kelly said Palm Springs is “a great California destination.” 

Palm Springs City Manager David Ready said local officials worked for years to get Southwest to the Palm Springs International Airport, and thanks to “our year-round sunshine, relaxed desert lifestyle, and multi-million dollar public and private reinvestments in our city’s hotel stock, Convention Center, and downtown, Palm Springs has experienced a sensational renaissance and we are now one of Southern California’s premier resort destinations.”

Allegiant Air also recently revealed that this fall, it will start offering nonstop flights from Palm Springs International Airport to Boise, Idaho, and Eugene, Oregon. Already, the low-cost airline has service from Palm Springs to Bellingham, Washington. Boise flights will begin on Nov. 19, followed by Eugene flights on Nov. 20, with fares starting at $49 each way. Allegiant said both routes will operate twice weekly.

While Los Angeles and Palm Springs are only about two hours away from each other by car, those who want to go back and forth faster can take Delta’s new year-round daily service between the two cities. The flight from L.A. will leave at 7:45 p.m., arriving in Palm Springs at 8:35 p.m., and the flight departing Palm Springs will take off at 7:15 a.m., landing in Los Angeles at 8:08 a.m. This service will begin on Nov. 20.

“We’re very excited to have that,” Palm Springs Mayor Geoff Kors said after announcing the news. “That obviously is good for people who prefer not to drive, especially on busy weekends.”

Additionally, Alaska Airlines is adding non-stop service to San Jose, Reno/Lake Tahoe, and Boise from Palm Springs starting on Dec. 17, and JetBlue will launch non-stop seasonal service to Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida beginning Dec. 17, with flights twice a week on Thursdays and Sundays. American Airlines is also adding a seasonal weekly flight to Philadelphia, starting Dec. 19.