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Monterey County Health Department releases guidance on social circles

Post Date:06/19/2020

Monterey County Health Department released guidance on “social circles” which takes effect, today, June 19, 2020   This guidance is intended to allow individuals to interact more with family and friends, and for children to participate in extracurricular activities.

Social Circles are small, stable groups of 12 or fewer people that are part of either a Household and Friends Support Unit or a Children's Extracurricular Activity Unit as defined in the guidance Individuals may only participate in one Social Circle for a four-week period, with some exceptions.

“Being connected to others is good for our mental and physical health,” said Dr. Edward Moreno, Monterey County Health Officer.  “Social circles allow for more connectiveness to people outside of our household while considering the health and safety of vulnerable individuals by limiting the number of contacts.”

Social gatherings of persons in a Social Circle are allowed if the gathering takes place outside and individuals comply with all applicable requirements and guidelines. 

People in Social Circles are not required to strictly adhere to Social Distancing Requirements while participating in social gatherings authorized in the guidance. However, persons in Social Circles are still strongly encouraged to:

  1. Maintain six-foot social/physical distancing from each other;
  2. If 13 years and older, wear face coverings; and
  3. Wash or sanitize hands frequently.

For details see the guidance.   Guidance is also available in Spanish.



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