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Published on March 18, 2020. Last modified on July 07, 2020
Monterey County Road to Recovery
Monterey County Variance Attestation Form was approved by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors at a special meeting on May 26th. The Form has been approved by the State.
Order Requiring Businesses to Adhere to State and Local Industry Guidance - June 11, 2020
In order to continue to reduce the risk of exposure and transmission of COVID-19, the Governor has issued COVID-19 Industry Guidance for businesses to follow when reopening. The Governor’s purpose is to provide guidance on how businesses can resume operations while supporting a safe, clean environment for workers.
It is critical that businesses take all steps necessary to ensure the safety of workers and customers, which includes developing and implementing a COVID-19 prevention plan. Key prevention plan practices include physical distancing to the maximum extent possible, use of face coverings by employees and patrons, frequent handwashing and regular cleaning and disinfecting, and training employees on these and other elements of their COVID-19 prevention plan. In addition, businesses must have in place appropriate processes to identify new cases of illness in workplaces and, when they are identified, to intervene quickly and work with Monterey County Public Health to halt the spread of the virus.
This Order requires that businesses that are allowed to reopen statewide or to reopen with Monterey County attestation and County Health Officer approval must implement California Resilience Roadmap COVID-19 Industry Guidance. Businesses must also adhere to any additional Monterey County Health Department guidance. Adherence to the guidance will continue to limit person-to-person contact and ensure continued social distancing and other infection control measures in the workplace and in the community.
Businesses must review, understand and implement sector specific guidance found at State of California webpages at www.covid19.ca.gov.
- Copy of Health Officer Order
- Guidance for businesses allowed to reopen statewide
- Guidance for businesses allowed to reopen with attestation
Update - June 8, 2020 - More business sectors to open Friday, June 12th
On June 5th, Governor Newsom issued new guidance for several business sectors including family entertainment centers, restaurants, wineries and bars, zoos and museums, gyms and fitness centers, hotels for tourism and individual travel, cardrooms and racetracks, and campgrounds and outdoor recreation. The Governor’s purpose is to provide guidance on how businesses can resume operations while supporting a safe, clean environment for workers. Variance counties such as Monterey County can open these sectors with approval by the County Health Officer after review of local COVID-19 indicators.
Based on review of local indicators, the Monterey County Health Officer approves implementation of the new guidance and opening of the business sectors on June 12th, as recommended by the California Governor.
As stay-at-home orders are modified, it is essential that businesses take all steps necessary to ensure the safety of workers and customers, including developing and implementing a COVID-19 prevention plan, as required by sector guidelines. Key business practices include physical distancing to the maximum extent possible, use of face coverings by employees and patrons, frequent hand washing and regular cleaning and disinfecting, and training employees on these and other elements of their COVID-19 prevention plan. In addition, businesses must have in place appropriate processes to identify new cases of illness in workplaces and, when they are identified, to intervene quickly and work with Monterey County Public Health to halt the spread of the virus.
Businesses planning to resume operations June 12th must review, understand and implement sector specific guidance found at the California website, https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap-counties/.
Documents below are for archival purposes only
Superseded on June 11, 2020
Health Officer Order Continuing Shelter-In-Place - May 26, 2020
Monterey County Health Officer, Dr Edward Moreno has issued a new Health Officer Order to continue Shelter-in-Place, dated May 26. Now that the California Department of Public Health posts on its website the County Health Officer’s COVID-19 Variance Attestation form this order allows for the businesses affected by the attestation to open.
This new Order aligns the County Health Officer Shelter-in-Place Order with State Stay-at-Home Order to fully join the State in Stage 2 and continue to move with the State through Stages 3 and 4. The California Department of Public Health is reviewing the County Health Officer’s COVID-19 Variance Attestation form.
The following businesses and activities may resume in Monterey County.
- Dine-in restaurants with modifications.
- Hair salons and barber shops with modifications.
Businesses must establish a written, worksite-specific COVID-19 prevention plan, provide employee training, screen for symptoms of COVID-19, implement cleaning and disinfecting protocols and maintain physical distancing measures. State requirements for dine-in restaurants and hair salons and barber shops can be found at https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap-counties/
- Health Officer Order dated May 26, 2020 In Spanish
- Appendix A In Spanish
- California variance information page with guidance for dine-in restaurants with modifications, and hair salons and barbershops
- Monterey County Restaurant Guidance
- Frequently Asked Questions English Spanish
Californians have been staying home and saving lives since the start of the statewide stay-at-home order issued on March 19, 2020. These efforts have allowed the state to move forward on our roadmap for modifying the statewide order.
We are now in early Stage 2, where retail (curbside and delivery only), related logistics and manufacturing, office workplaces, limited personal services, outdoor museums, child care, and essential businesses can open with modifications. The state is issuing guidance to help these workplaces reopen safely.
Board of Supervisors Report - May 19, 2020
Superseded by June 11, 2020 Order
Supplement to Health Officer Shelter-in-Place Order
Stage 2 - May 8, 2020
Beginning Friday, May 8, 2020, local retail businesses may begin providing curbside pick-up services to customers. Examples of such businesses include bookstores, clothing stores, florists, sporting goods stores and other over-the-counter retailers. In addition, manufacturing and supply chain workplaces supporting these businesses may open. Social Distancing Protocols must be followed in all of these settings. Members of the public may place orders online or via telephone only. Retailers are not allowed to display merchandise on sidewalks.
Other types of businesses, including shopping malls, dine-in services, hair and nail salons, movie theaters and more, remain prohibited from operating.
Business owners are advised to review State guidance to determine whether their establishments may reopen as well as operational practices, so that they may avoid enforcement actions. Information is available at https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap/.
The May 4 Shelter in Place Order, as supplemented, remains in effect.
Superseded by June 11, 2020 Order
Updated Health Officer Shelter-in-Place Order - May 1, 2020
This Order supersedes the Health Officer Order amended on April 2, 2020 directing all individuals to shelter at home. This Order is effective Monday, May 4, 2020 and will continue to be in effect until May 31st. . This order is subject to review and further amendment after the governor issues further guidance or upon any substantive changes to the State Shelter Order, including any changes to the definition of essential workers. The changes to this order include clarifications to construction workers and worksites; residential transactions including rentals, leases, and home sales; the inclusion of landscaping and gardening maintenance; the addition of drive-in church services; and the use of golf courses and golf driving ranges. The clarifications to these activities are only permitted with physical distancing practices.The Order that requires community members use cloth face coverings when outside the home to prevent asymptomatic transmission from COVID-19 is still in effect.
- Health Officer Order - Shelter-in-Place
- Health Officer Order - Signed version
- SPANISH = Health Officer Order
- Appendix A Golf Safety Protocol
- Appendix B Construction Protocol
- Appendix C - Social Distancing Protocol-
The order above supersedes this order as of Monday, May 4, 2020 - Updated Health Officer Shelter in Place Order - April 3, 2020
Dr. Edward Moreno, Health Officer for Monterey County has issued an updated Shelter-In-Place Order. The new order goes into effect at 11:59 pm on April 3, 2020.
The term “shelter in place” is a more rigorous form of ‘social distancing.” The goal is to limit groups congregating together to stop the further spread the virus; it is not a complete social shutdown. It means to stay in your home and not leave unless necessary for one of the designated exceptions. For most people, this means you and those you live with should remain at home. You can leave your home for specified reasons to make sure you have the necessities of life such as getting food and medical supplies. You are also allowed to go outside to take care of pets, go on a walk, and just get outside, so long as you do not congregate in a group and maintain at least six feet of distance between you and other people.
Please continue to practice the other precautionary measures such as handwashing and using sanitizer and if you are sick you should self-isolate, including, to the extent you can, from others you live with.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Frequently Asked Questions about Shelter in Place Order
Preguntas frecuentes sobre la nueva orden para que la población se refugie en sus casas, excepto cuando necesite proporcionar o recibir productos o servicios esenciales, o participar en actividades esenciales Actualizado el 18 de marzo de 2020
State of California Information
- "Stay-at-Home" Order of the State Public Health Officer - May 7, 2020
- Governor Newsom Outlines Six Critical Indicators the State will Consider Before Modifying the Stay-at-Home Order and Other COVID-19 Interventions - April 14, 2020
- Governor's Briefing YouTube Channel
- Order of the State Public Health Officer (Stay Home Except for Essential Needs) (PDF) – March 19, 2020
- Stay Home Except for Essential Needs FAQs – March 20, 2020