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2019 novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Published on March 02, 2020. Last modified on July 09, 2020

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State Health Officer order effective July 8th 

The State Health Officer order that as of Wednesday, July 8th: 

The following sectors will be ordered to close both indoor and outdoor operations and service:

  • Bars, breweries, pubs, and brewpubs, including bars located at permitted indoor and outdoor food facilities.

The following sectors will be allowed to continue to operate with restrictions:

  • Dine-in restaurants must close indoor seating to customers. During this closure all dine-in restaurants may continue to utilize outdoor seating and must comply with the guidance for dine-in restaurants. Restaurants should continue to encourage takeout and delivery service whenever possible.
  • Wineries and tasting rooms must close indoor services to customers. During this closure all wineries and tasting rooms must comply with the guidance for restaurants, wineries, and bars.
  • Family entertainment centers and movie theaters must close indoor services and attractions to customers.
  • Indoor attractions at zoos and museums must close to visitors.
  • Cardrooms must close indoor services to customers and must follow the guidance for cardrooms.

More information at https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap-counties/#track-data

State Public Health Officer Order for Monterey County - July 7, 2020

Business Guidance

Face covering Order

To help stop the spread of COVID-19, the Monterey County Health Officer is requiring residents to wear a face covering when going out into the public, effective 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, April 30, 2020. Combined with sheltering in place, social distancing, and frequent hand hygiene, facial coverings  are shown to help slow transmission of COVID-19.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Face Covering Order 

Some people don't have to wear a face covering. But Why?  

Signed Health Officer Order

Updated State of California Guidance on Face Coverings

For more information visit the Face Covering page here  En Español


Social Circles/Círculos Sociales


 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 below. Individuals may only participate in one Social Circle for a four-week period, with few exceptions.

For details on how social circles work see the guidance

Los Círculos Sociales son grupos pequeños y estables de 12 o menos personas que forman parte de un hogar y Unidad de Apoyo de amistades o una Unidad de actividades extracurriculares para niños, como se define a continuación. Las personas solo pueden participar en un círculo social durante un período de cuatro semanas, con algunas excepciones.

Lea la guía para obtener más información sobre los círculos sociales.

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Update: Reopening Expanded Personal Services Businesses  - Friday, June 19, 2020

On June 12th, Governor Gavin Newsom released COVID-19 Industry Guidance for Expanded Personal Services such as esthetician, skin care, cosmetology, electrology, nail salon, body art, tattoo parlor and piercing services.

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 19th, as recommended by the California Governor.

Current County Health Officer orders require that businesses planning to resume operations June 19th must review, understand and implement sector specific guidance found at the California website, https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap-counties/.  Tattoo and permanent make-up business must also follow Monterey County Environmental Health guidance found here.

Charter Boat operators may begin Friday, June 12, 2020

Charter Boat operators may begin operating effective June 12, 2020, subject to the requirements set forth in the Monterey County Health Officer Orders, and subject to any additional requirements set forth in guidance by the County Health Officer, the Governor of California, and State Health Officer. 

Guidance for Charter Boat Operations


Update: Monterey County Health Officer Rescinds Short-Term Lodging Order

In light of release of new State guidance for Hotels, Lodging and Short-Term Rentals for tourism and individual travel and approval by the County Health Officer for short-term rentals to reopen following the new State guidance, the County Health Officer Short-Term Lodging Order is no longer necessary.

All other Monterey County Health Officer Orders remain in effect.

Order rescinding Short-Term Lodging Order

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.

 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/.


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

See Health Officer Order below for more details.  

Monterey County Variance Attestation Form 

Sector-Specific Reopening Guidance Documents - Including Sectors that will be approved when the Attestation is approved.

Guidance for Dine-in Restaurants and Hair Salons and Barbershop

This guidance for Dine-in restaurants provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers.
Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for dine-in restaurants in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

This guidance for hair salons and barbershops provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers. 


Board of Supervisors Report - May 19, 2020 

Progress of California's Roadmap to Modify the Stay-At-Home Order: Variance to Stage 2


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.

More information 

For Questions about COVID-19 or Shelter-In Place Order 

 If you have questions about the Shelter-In-Place or general COVID, please call Monterey County Health Department COVID-19 Hotline 831.769-8700 or 831.755.4521 or email covid-19@co.monterey.ca.us

First check out our Shelter-in-Place page

Curious about what types of calls we get? Click here for Call Center Data

Community Testing sites - Available by Appointment

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Monterey County launched two community testing sites in Salinas and Greenfield on Wednesday, May 6th. 

Area locations, days and hours.

  • Salinas - County of Monterey Agricultural Center, 1428 Abbott St., Tuesday through Saturday, 7:30 am to 8 pm
  • Greenfield - Greenfield Branch of our Monterey County Free Libraries, 315 El Camino Real, Tuesday through Saturday, 8 am to 8 pm
  • Hollister - Veteran’s Memorial Building, 649 San Benito Street, Sunday through Thursday, 8 am to 8 pm
  • Watsonville - Ramsay Park Family Center, 1301 Main Street  Wednesday through Sunday, 7 am to 7 pm
  • Paso Robles – American Legion Building, 240 Scott Street, Monday through Friday, 7 am to 7 pm

Testing will be by appointment only. Appointments can be made by  visiting https://lhi.care/covidtesting. or by calling 1-888-634-1123. Please note that phone registration 

should only be used for people without internet access.

A nasal or throat swab will be 

collected, and specimens will be sent to a FDA approved laboratory for COVID-19 PCR testing.  Current turn-around time for results is 

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approximately 3 - 4 days.   Please do not call the Monterey County Health Department seeking test results.  

For those without any insurance, the State will cover the full cost of testing. There is no out of pocket cost for anyone receiving service. 

For more information see the press release

Additional Testing Sites

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte is providing drive-thru COVID-19 testing in Monterey

Testing times vary due to location availability and will be determined week to week based on the community need. 

For more information: https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-mar-monte/campaigns/covid-testing-mc

If you feel Sick 

If you feel sick and are concerned about COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus), please call your doctor or other healthcare provider before arriving at the office.


  • Natividad has a bilingual hotline 831.772.7365 7 am  to 11 pm, 7 days a week
  • Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System Coronavirus Hotline: 831-755-0793 7 am to 11 pm, 7 days a week. 
  • Montage Health COVID-19 Hotline 831.622.8001

You can also contact Montage Health Virtual Care Option, which is Free for all community members experiencing mild respiratory symptoms including coronavirus/COVID-19 More information

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