Riverside May Flout State Reopening Rules. It Wants to Know the Risks First.

Riverside has delayed a plan to defy the state’s framework for reopening and allow the resumption of businesses and houses of worship. Before testing the waters, Riverside officials want to determine how the state would respond. The county has reached out to the governor’s office to see which funds the county could lose from the state.

CEO George Johnson warned Riverside could lose up to $656 million, including $63 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Security Act that was already distributed from the state. Supervisor Jeff Hewitt, who introduced the COVID-19 Reopening Plan, implied that was fear mongering.

The Riverside County Business Task Force is conducting an assessment of the proposal and its implications for Riverside County. Supervisors will consider the plan on Oct. 6.