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Monterey County Health Office Reissues Shelter in Place Order

New resources available for those with questions, concerns

Post Date:03/20/2020 4:00 PM

In light of the Governor’s announcement of a state-wide Stay Home Order, Monterey County Health Officer Dr. Edward Moreno is reissuing his Shelter in Place Order that went into effect on Wednesday, March 18th.  The only change being made to the order is to remove the end date of April 7th to align with the state’s direction.

“Older adults are at greater risk of serious illness and death from COVID-19.  It is imperative that all county residents adhere to my County Health Officer Shelter in Place Order and the statewide Stay Home Order. You should stay at home unless you need to access essential services or are a provider of essential services. In addition, all employers should identify solutions that allow employees to work from home,” states Dr. Edward Moreno, Monterey County Health Officer. 

The Monterey County Health Officer Order is consistent with the statewide order and orders issued by other Bay Area local Health Officers.

There is no difference between a “Shelter in Place” and “Stay at Home” order. They are different titles for the same important action to safeguard everyone in our community. 

Monterey County Health Officials continue to work with state leaders to further clarify the statewide order and provide guidance on interpreting it locally. Local Health Officers may be more restrictive than the statewide order based on their unique needs as well as number of cases impacting each community. Monterey County’s Order includes additional accommodations for essential agricultural services. 

If you have questions about what you should do while the order is in place and what are the best ways to protect yourself and other from COVID-19, there are many options available for information:

  • The Monterey County Health Department COVID-19 webpage is continuously updated with news, information and data:
  • Call our new information hotline at 831-755-4521. This is staffed Monday - Friday 8 am to 5 pm.
  • Email your questions to
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