Monterey County Added To County Monitoring List & Holiday Weekend Update
It was announced today that Monterey County is now on the State of California’s County Monitoring List. What that means to us is counties that remain on the County Monitoring List for 3 consecutive days will be required to shut down the following industries unless they can be modified to operate outside or by pick-up. Bars must close all operations even if they are operating outdoors.
- Dine-in restaurants
- Wineries and tasting rooms
- Movie theaters
- Family entertainment centers (for examples: bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages and arcades)
- Zoos and museums
According to state guidelines, if Monterey County remains on the list for more than three days, we will have to close down the above businesses for a minimum of three weeks. At the end of three weeks we would be subject to be reassessed to see if we may reopen those businesses or not. The county may also impose further restrictions. To learn more about the state requirements, please visit
As Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce members it is imperative that we inform our customers and ensure that they are abiding by the following county guidelines:
- Practice social distancing
- Wear a mask
- Practice proper hygiene
During the 4th of July weekend, we are going to see an influx of travelers visiting the Monterey Peninsula. Our local cities and county are taking drastic steps to help reduce mass gatherings. Effective July 3rd, 17 Mile Drive, State Beaches and parking lots, and Monterey Beaches will be closed for three days. To learn more about the closures and other steps our cities and county are taking to slow the spread of COVID-19, please see the county press release.
As an industry, we do not want to go backwards. We all stay open together or we all close together.
Now more than ever is the time to share with our guests both the county guidelines and what is available for them to safely enjoy during the 4th of July weekend.