Local update on COVID-19 & more
April 6, 2021
Monterey County Enters Orange Tier // "Full Reopening" of California Possible in June
Following the State of California’s announcement that Monterey County has met the requirements to move into the Orange Tier of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, the Monterey County Health Department announced today that the County will continue to align with the State’s framework and allow activities open in Orange Tier, effective Wednesday, April 7th

To keep yourself, your family, friends and neighbors, and the entire community safe, follow these core principles:
  1. Move activities outdoors. Outdoor activities pose less risk than indoor activities. 
  2. Stay masked. Consistent use of face coverings both indoors and outdoors is very effective at preventing spread of the coronavirus.
  3. Maintain at least 6-foot distance from others. Social distancing from those who do not live with you is effective at keeping the coronavirus away.
  4. Avoid crowds. The fewer people you encounter and the fewer interactions you have, the lower the chance the virus will spread.
  5. Get vaccinated when it is your turn. All federally authorized vaccines work well and will help keep you, your family, and your friends healthy.

Beginning Wednesday, April 7th, all activities authorized under the State’s Orange Tier, including indoor dining, can resume in accordance with State capacity limits and safety protocols, including:
  • Indoor dining at maximum 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer;
  • Retail stores indoors at 100% capacity with modifications;
  • Gyms and fitness centers indoors at maximum 25% capacity, with indoor pools open
  • Movie theaters at maximum 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer
  • Family entertainment centers indoors at maximum 25% capacity with modifications for areas of increased risk of proximity; and
  • Zoos, museums, and aquariums at 50% maximum indoor capacity.
For more information on what the State allows in the Monterey County, please visit

In addition, Governor Gavin Newsom announced today that California can full reopen by June 15 under two conditions - vaccine supply is ample and COVID-19 hospitalization rates remain stable and low. The tier system will be eliminated. Masks and distancing will still be required. California has administered 20+ million vaccinations and has the lowest positivity rate in the US. Over 70% of our 65+ population has received at least 1 dose. Over 40% of our 16+ population has received at least 1 dose. Great work to everyone who is working on our vaccine distribution and to everyone who has followed the safety guidelines to get us to these milestones.

[Graphic courtesy of Supervisor Wendy Root Askew]
COVID-19 Testing Schedule for Week of April 5
Reminder: Virtual Update with the City Manager - Schedule Update
Our regularly scheduled "Monterey Mornings with the Manager" for this week has been moved to next week, Wednesday, April 14 at 9:30 a.m. The YouTube meetings will resume every other week starting April 21. Watch live or on-demand at The program will be archived on our YouTube Channel following the event. Please bring your questions and feedback! City Manager Hans Uslar will provide an update on COVID-19, the economy and upcoming/recent City Council and staff decisions, programs, policies and projects. Join us
California Poppy Day // Spring Flowers in Bloom in Monterey
Happy California Poppy Day! Our state flower is sprouting around our parks, sidewalks and along the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail (pictured). We love seeing that golden splash of color around town! 

The California Poppy was established as our state flower in 1903. The drought resistant flowers have a very long bloom season from February to September, but appear heaviest in spring from March to May. They can thrive everywhere from sandy dunes to cracks in sidewalks. Outfit your garden with the cheery flowers of the California Poppy.
National Library Workers Day // National Library Week
Please show your support for your local library workers during National Library Week and National Library Workers Day! Pictured are just a few of our hard working staff at the Monterey Public Library. This team got creative during the pandemic to continue services to our residents with a much smaller staff and limited in-person interactions. They have continued checking out materials, organized virtual events, storytimes and workshops, provided online homework help, and other free resources. Thank a librarian this week!
Vaccination 4-1-1 - Appointments available at
Californians age 50 and over can get vaccinated - see full eligibility! Use the links below to schedule your appointment!

The County currently has openings at
VACCINATION LOCATIONS WITH APPOINTMENT DATES AND TIMES UPDATED REGULARLY: Refer to the Monterey County Health Dept (MCHD) vaccine appointments web page for the latest information -
(We use this MCHD page to populate the list below.)

Vaccine clinics hosted by Safeway Pharmacy

COVID-19 Numbers for 93940
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Wearing masks is a proven method to stop the spread of COVID-19. Let's get our economy reopened - wear a mask and please get vaccinated.