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Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled more specific
guidelines businesses will have to follow
if they want to reopen starting Friday

The governor said businesses in the retail, manufacturing and logistics sectors can resume operations given they follow new rules issued by the Department of Public Health.
Retail businesses, such as book stores, clothing stores, toy stores and florists, can reopen for curbside pickup starting Friday. In order to do so, they are being asked to develop contactless payment procedures, have hand sanitizer available for employees and customers, ensure employees have proper protective gear, and ask employees to deliver goods to customers' cars when possible.
Manufacturing is also allowed to start back up again as long as workers can maintain physical distance and have access to face coverings and/or gloves. Break rooms should be closed and replaced with outdoor break areas with spaced out seating, where possible.
The logistics sector, which includes warehouses and deliveries, is being asked to follow similar guidelines.
The state is working on developing guidelines that will allow office buildings, dine-in restaurants, shopping malls and outdoor museums to reopen next. Gov. Newsom teased he'll be releasing guidelines for dine-in restaurants next Tuesday, May 12.
All businesses that want to reopen will need to train employees on how to curb the spread of the disease, monitor themselves for symptoms and ask workers to stay home if they feel sick.
Moving forward, county officials can decide to move more quickly (or slowly) into Stage 2 of reopening than the statewide baseline. But in order to move ahead, county public health officials will have to prove they meet the following criteria:
  • No more than one new COVID-19 case per 10,000 residents in the past 14 days
  • No COVID-19 deaths in the past 14 days
  • Essential workers must have access to PPE
  • A minimum of 1.5 tests per 100,000 residents being conducted daily
  • At least 15 contact tracers per 100,000 residents
  • Ability to temporarily house 15% of the county's homeless population
  • Hospitals are equipped to handle a 35% surge at minimum
  • Nursing facilities have a two-week supply of PPE
  • Continue to monitor metrics to potentially re-enact restrictions

Thus, we must wait to hear from our County officials for modifications to our Shelter-in-Place Order. As soon as we get word from our County, we will inform you.

Congressmen Panetta, Beyer Release Proposal to Improve the Paycheck Protection Program

SALINAS, CA – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) and Congressman Don Beyer (VA-08) unveiled a proposal to improve the newly created Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
The Paycheck Protection Program Improvement Proposal:
  • Provides dedicated funding for the smallest businesses and prevents publicly traded companies from receiving PPP funding
  • Provides more clarity and flexibility for loan forgiveness and payroll requirements
  • Allows small businesses to spread out payroll payments over a longer period of time and covers payroll paid before the loan was received
 A one-page on the proposal is available  here  and the full section-by-section is available  here .
Thursday, May 7th, 2020
Everyone remembers their graduation day ~ but these students will never have that LIFE DEFINING moment.

Let's help them CELEBRATE their achievements, pay it forward to our future leaders and show our #CarmelRISING spirit! The Chamber would like to a co-op ad with our members, and we want YOUR business/organization to be included. The more of you that participate, the lower the cost will be to everyone. Please send us an email NO LATER THAN THURSDAY, MAY 14th indicating your interest:
 Take a look below at how some of our locals are #CarmelRISING up!
Yesterday, the Carmel Residents Association coordinated a Zoom Panel Discussion entitled "Re-imaging the Village: How do we Emerge?" with
  • Carmel Mayor, Dave Potter
  • Carmel Councilwoman, Carrie Theis
  • Carmel Chamber CEO, Jenny MacMurdo,
  • Carmel Business Owner, Tim Allen (Tim Allen Properties)
  • Carmel Business Owner, Anthony Carnazzo (Stationaery).
You can watch that webinar by clicking here:
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Please consider donating to the Food Bank for Monterey...

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CarmelGives, the CRA and the Carmel Chamber are working together to produce and distribute free "Made in Carmel-by-the-Sea" washable cloth face masks around town. You can get them now at Nielsen's...

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Local business owners team up for The Dance Center’s “Operation Senior Sunshine”
Pacific Grove business owner Sarah Laflan of Poptopia Balloons was eager to help Carmel’s The Dance Center honor graduating seniors from all over the peninsula. It was through the generosity of Poptopia that The Dance Center was able to conduct their secret “Operation Senior Sunshine” this past Sunday for their 17 spectacular seniors.
Carmel business owner Laura Jeselnick and Tia Brown, co-owners of The Dance Center in Carmel, knew they had to do something big to honor their graduating seniors. Typically, all graduating seniors are brought on stage and honored at an annual June recital at Carmel’s Sunset Center, which has been postponed. 
This year, The Dance Center has a substantial group of graduating seniors, from ballerinas to musical theater performers, many who have been under their mentorship over a number of years.
The Dance Center is very much a family, and families support and celebrate one another, especially in challenging times. 
The Dance Center co-owners Laura and Tia made door drop deliveries of Poptopia balloon bouquets of suns, rainbows, and confetti-filled balloons to all their graduating seniors. 
Laura shares, “We hope it brings a smile to their face and lets them know how much this community and their Dance Center family celebrates them. We thank them for the sunshine they have brought to our studio and give them a rainbow of hope for their future.”
The Dance Center has temporarily suspended classes at their physical location in accordance with the Shelter-in-Place but is running a full load of over 100 weekly live virtual classes for students ages 2+ that includes ballet, pointe, contemporary, acrobatics, tap, musical theater, hip-hop, and jazz. Email  (831-625-3262) or visit  for a 30% discount for virtual tuition for all families.
GET YOUR  #REALSMILE  today ~ Make Our Day, Shop Carmel! 

In just 3 days,  Sunday, May 10th,  is Mother's Day. To celebrate all moms (even Fur Baby moms!) please consider shopping at a local small business to make your dollars count this year! We promise the  #REALSMILE  you receive from a local retailer has no comparison. 

AND - we have you covered with a comprehensive list of possibilities in our Monday, Wednesday & Friday Daily Catalyst, which you can find here. Send us your Mother's Day specials and we will highlight them from now until May 10th!
Keep sending us YOUR rising stories to share on Tuesdays and Thursdays as a start to our #CarmelRISING initiative. Here's what we're looking for:
  • Photos and/or Artwork that tell your CarmelRISING story
  • Stories of Carmel small business resilience & ingenuity
  • Stories of Carmel community solidarity
  • Things you are looking forward to in Carmel in the future!

Keep using the hashtag #CarmelRISING on your own social media to communicate Carmel's resilience, letting everyone know that we will rise from this time stronger than ever.

You can still find all of our Daily Catalyst updates with business and community resources as well as the current status of local businesses by following this link. Our regular Daily Catalyst will continue on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays.