Palm Springs remains a go-to getaway during COVID

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With its warm desert air and sleek mid-century architecture, Palm Springs has been a getaway for generations. Coronavirus doesn’t seem to be tarnishing its reputation for sun, fun, and escape. Photo by Matt Guilhem/KCRW.

Despite a global pandemic that’s curtailed travel, longtime desert destination Palm Springs saw an unexpectedly busy summer. As the hospitality industry adapts by sparing much of the touching in “personal touches,” vacation rentals and hotels are gearing up for the busiest time of the year in Palm Springs. But as they’ve managed to adapt, pandemic pivots have been harder for restaurants that’ve been repeatedly forced to alter service based on California’s multi-phase reopening framework.