COVID-19 and More...Local Update
September 28, 2020
Guidance On Having A Safe Halloween During The COVID-19 Pandemic
The Monterey County Health Department has issued guidance for Halloween, and is encouraging residents to seek out safer holiday activities this year. Many traditional Halloween activities are risky activities that could increase the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, as they do not allow you to minimize contact with non-household members and create more opportunities for the virus to pass from person to person.
Not permitted:
  • Halloween gatherings, events or parties with non-household members are not permitted unless they are part of your social circle of 12 individuals or less, are conducted outdoors, and are otherwise in compliance Social Circle Guidance.
  • Carnivals, festivals, live entertainment, and indoor haunted house attractions are not allowed.
Not Recommended: 
  • Door to door trick or treating is not recommended because it can be very difficult to maintain proper physical distancing on porches and at front doors, ensure that everyone answering or coming to the door is appropriately masked to prevent disease spread, and it involves touching high contact surfaces such as doorbells and candy bowls.
  • “Trunk or treating” where children go from car to car instead of door to door to receive treats is also not recommended, since it is difficult to avoid crowding and sharing food.
Permitted and Encouraged:
  • Online parties/contests (e.g. costume or pumpkin carving) 
  • Car parades that comply with public health guidance for vehicle-based parades and other "drive thru" "drive by" and "drive in" events.

Latest stats:
  • Dolan Fire in Big Sur: 128,417 acres, 71% contained - Evacuation WARNINGS lifted for Zones: 26, 24, B2 (Lucia South), J (Prewitt Ridge Area), & K (South Coast Ridge Rd). Zone 27 downgraded from an evacuation order to a WARNING. Interactive map and more info on the Dolan

Over the weekend, we had three Monterey Firefighters return safely from the SQF Complex and August Complex wildfires. An engine crew is being sent out as part of a task force to the Glass Fire in Napa County. We thank our firefighters for helping other California residents in need.
Your #MondayMotivation for the Week: Workout with the Monterey Sports Center! Outdoor and Virtual Classes
Find class schedules, instructions and descriptions at Registration is required in advance. Come and get fit and healthy with us this fall season!
Drop off your ballot at the Monterey Public Library
Look what was installed last week in front of the Monterey Public Library! A permanent Monterey County Elections ballot drop box! It’s not open yet, but will be available as soon as the mailed ballots go out. It will be open 24 hours a day until November 3rd and the County will empty it on a regular basis. No postage needed!

Register to vote or check your voter registration status at
Senior and Family Drive Thru Produce Program
Monterey Recreation distributed food to 374 families and seniors at today's food drive. Food items distributed included chicken nuggets, taco meat, dairy (milk, eggs, butter and cheese), fruit (apples, honeydew), vegetables (celery and potatoes) and non-perishables (peanut butter, tuna, pasta, oats, rice, pinto beans and tomato sauce). Sign ups for October go live tomorrow at Registration and face coverings are required when picking up your food package. City of Monterey has partnered with local organizations to help residents in need during these difficult times. Thank you to the donors, volunteers and City staff who have made this program possible. The drive thru program takes place on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dennis the Menace Playground Parking Lot at 777 Pearl Street.
Central Coast Community Energy Survey
In an effort to design and implement programs that better serve customers, Central Coast Community Energy (formerly Monterey Bay Community Power) would like to get your feedback. This survey is an initial step in asking customers about priorities related to community re-investment through energy programs and is part of a multiple step process for developing and launching energy programs with greater community input. Please join 3CE in helping to shape a sustainable and resilient Central Coast. Take the survey.
Important Links and Daily Numbers
The City of Monterey is working to provide local resources and support every day to help us get past the pandemic. Here's a look at the past six months: MONTEREY RESPONDS
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