COVID-19 and More...Local Update
November 17, 2020
City of Monterey Thanksgiving Digital Postcard Promotion: #GiveThanksNotCovid and Qualify to Win a Monterey 250 Poster
The City of Monterey today announced a Thanksgiving special promotion - #GiveThanksNotCovid. From now through Thanksgiving Day, enter to win a Monterey 250 commemorative poster celebrating Monterey's 250th birthday that took place on June 3, 2020. Participants can win their choice of a Downtown or Cannery Row 18x24 illustrated print designed by local Santa Cruz poster artist Kirby Scudder. Three winners will be drawn each day.

“We are at a pivotal moment in this pandemic and everyone needs to understand and participate to overcome the surge of cases we are seeing in our community,” said City Manager Hans Uslar. “We are running up against a very unfortunate winter if we don’t stay home to stop the spread of the virus, and that means on Thanksgiving too.”

HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Share on social media one or more of 16 digital postcards available for download at Make sure to include the hashtag #GiveThanksNotCovid and tag @CityofMonterey. Participants can also choose to share via text or email to family and friends. Email and let us know which postcard(s) you shared and you will also be entered to win a poster. Postcard example:
Bay Area Counties Issue Joint Guidance for COVID-19 Safety During the Holiday Season
Health officials in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Mateo, San Francisco Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Sonoma counties and the city of Berkeley jointly issued Guidelines for the Holiday Season, advising residents on how to prevent the continued explosion of coronavirus cases.

Slow the spread and save lives by acting like these turkeys over the holiday:⁣
  • Stay home and only gather with your flock (household)⁣
  • If you must gather, make it a small, stable group and meet outdoors for a short duration⁣
  • Wear face coverings at all times, removing it only to gobble or drink, and maintain a social distance of six feet or more⁣
Thank you for doing your part to protect your family and neighbors, and thank you to Monterey resident Claire Rygg for sharing this fantastic photo! You’re a little too early, turkeys!
Major Statewide Restrictions Announced
Yesterday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced major statewide restrictions that begin today. “California is experiencing the fastest increase in cases we have seen yet — faster than what we experienced at the outset of the pandemic or even this summer. The spread of COVID-19, if left unchecked, could quickly overwhelm our health care system and lead to catastrophic outcomes," said Governor Newsom. Monday recorded the highest daily total of cases since the pandemic began, and the daily average of new coronavirus cases in California has doubled in the past 10 days.

40 counties representing 94% of the state's population will now be in the most restrictive tier. He also announced even tighter rules on California’s mask mandate- it now must be worn in most cases outside of the home, whenever in public, with few exceptions. He is also considering implementing a state-wide curfew in California. 

The state has blamed the spike in cases mainly on people who have grown fatigued coping with the virus and have ignored public health warnings to not socialize with friends and family members. Those warnings have been more forceful in advance of Thanksgiving next week.
Be Prepared for Winter Storms: Sandbag Locations in Monterey County
Monterey County’s sandbag distribution and sand stockpile are available for residents in close proximity to our wildfire burn scars or in areas of high risk. Find pick up locations and learn what steps to take to safeguard yourself and your property at

We currently have sandbag supplies at all three fire stations in the City of Monterey and at the Pacific Grove station. Be prepared for this season's storms.
Local Seafood Ideas for the Holidays
While many families enjoy roasting the traditional turkey, many Monterey Bay and California residents are known to enjoy local seafood for holiday dinners. One holiday staple, commercial Dungeness crab, will not be available this year for Thanksgiving. The fishing season has been postponed to allow whales to move out of the area. Thankfully, there are many other delicious, local seafood options available.

Support our local economy and our local fishermen. This industry is struggling like many others, so please consider buying local when making food choices. Check out what is in season, recipes and where to buy seafood locally at You can also sign up for Monterey Harbor's e-newsletter, which provides "fresh off the boat" dock sales announcements at
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