Covid-19 Response and Resources

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Learn more about the City of Monterey's Covid-19 response, in addition to resources the City is providing to residents and businesses alike. Read the News Feed below for important information from the City of Monterey and our partner agencies, updated multiple times per week.

Subscribe to the City Focus Newsletter to receive the popular daily COVID-19 e-mail updates from the City of Monterey!

INTERESTING FACT: The City of Monterey Emergency Operations Center has continuously been activated since March 18, 2020. As of January 6, 2022 that makes the time of uninterrupted operation: 21 months · 94 weeks · 659 days - helping the community with resources and information they need to stay healthy and aware of the pandemic situation.

Learn more about the City of Monterey's Covid-19 response, in addition to resources the City is providing to residents and businesses alike. Read the News Feed below for important information from the City of Monterey and our partner agencies, updated multiple times per week.

Subscribe to the City Focus Newsletter to receive the popular daily COVID-19 e-mail updates from the City of Monterey!

INTERESTING FACT: The City of Monterey Emergency Operations Center has continuously been activated since March 18, 2020. As of January 6, 2022 that makes the time of uninterrupted operation: 21 months · 94 weeks · 659 days - helping the community with resources and information they need to stay healthy and aware of the pandemic situation.

  • March 2022 Updates

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    • Week of March 28, 2022: On March 29 the CDC updated COVID-19 booster shot guidance for several groups. The CDC updated its recommendations to allow certain immunocompromised individuals and people over the age of 50 who received an initial booster dose at least four months ago to be eligible for another mRNA booster to increase their protection against severe disease from COVID-19. For those who qualify and had the JJ vaccine, they can get a Moderna or Pfizer booster. Also see the California SMARTER Plan - we still may have additional surges of positive cases due to subvariants of the virus. We are not yet at an endemic phase.
    • Week of March 7, 2022: The U.S. government is offering additional free COVID-19 at-home test kits. Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order two sets of four free at-home COVID-19 tests. If you already ordered your first set, you can now order a second set. Order test kits https://covidtests.gov
    • New mask guidance as of March 1, 2022
  • Jan. 7, 2022: Vaccination clinics, testing sites, and latest news

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    VACCINATION CLINICS

    The Monterey Fire Department continues vaccination clinics every Tuesday from 4 pm - 6 pm at the Farmer's Market on Alvarado Street. They offer all three types of vaccinations (Pfizer, Moderna, and Janssen, and boosters.)

    Thank you Monterey for doing your part to defeat COVID-19 -
    OTHER VACCINATION CLINICS HAPPENING IN MONTEREY THIS WEEK


    LOCAL TESTING SITES

    • Virus Geeks testing facilities:
      Monterey Airport, 7 days a week, 9am to 4:30pm
      Portola Plaza Hotel and Spa, Tue – Sat, 7am – 4 pm
      Monterey Peninsula College, Lot C, Mon-Thu, 9am to 4pm
    • Other locations

    LATEST NEWS


  • CDPH New Fact Sheets

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    The California Department of Public Health (CDPH), through their VAX 58 campaign, has newly published fact sheets about booster shots and vaccines for ages 5 -11 years old.

    Boosters Fact Sheet in English and Spanish

    Vaccines for 5-11 years Fact Sheet in English and Spanish

  • Monterey County's Indoor Face Covering Ordinance Starts November 5

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    Monterey County has enacted an indoor mask mandate, which requires all residents, both in cities and unincorporated areas, to wear facial coverings indoors with some exemptions:

    • When people are in their own homes
    • If alone or with members of their household in a closed room, office or vehicle
    • When taking part in an activity where masks cannot be worn such as eating or swimming
    • Where a mask would impede a medical or cosmetic procedure
    • At meetings or gatherings where all vaccinated persons show proof of vaccination and unvaccinated persons wear face coverings at all times other than when eating or drinking.

    The mandate went into effect on November 5, 2021. Additional information about the ordinance is available in Monterey County's Mask Mandate Information Sheet: https://www.co.monterey.ca.us/home/showpublisheddocument/105515/637684409240870000 or contact the Monterey County Health Department at 831-755-4500.

  • Mask Requirements at City Hall and Facilities

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    Effective July 30 until further notice, face coverings are required to enter City Hall offices, library and community centers, regardless of vaccination status. (Except persons under two years old, persons with a medical condition, mental health condition or disability that prevents wearing a mask)

  • Dennis the Menace Playground, Basketball Courts, Picnic and BBQ Areas Reopening

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    It’s been nearly a year (April 29, 2020) since the closing of City parks due to the State’s Stay at Home Order caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. While neighborhood parks reopened March 5, 2021, a new emergency order signed Friday, April 9, 2021, expands the reopening of all City of Monterey playgrounds including Dennis the Menace Playground, picnic tables and barbeque areas, and the public basketball courts. Beginning Tuesday, April 20, 2021, Dennis the Menace Playground at El Estero Park Complex will be open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to sunset, and 1:00 p.m. to sunset on Mondays. All other playgrounds are open to the public during the opening hours posted pursuant to City Code section 23-5. NEWS RELEASE IN PDF | EMERGENCY ORDER



  • Why Covid-19 testing is still important and how to get one

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    Why is testing important?

    • Testing helps to save lives and livelihoods: reduces transmission; breaks the chain of infection; improved targeting and monitoring of Covid-19 strategy, surveillance.
    • Testing and vaccinations are complimentary strategies (not an either-or scenario)
    • Testing is still needed to protect against new variants, reinfection, and as a tool to help manage reopening.

    The Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce has put together an up-to-date list of testing sites and times.


  • Monterey Sports Center Reopens, March 22, 2021

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    The City of Monterey today announced the reopening of the Monterey Sports Center, Monday, March 22, 2021. Per State Health Guidelines for counties in the Red Tier based on the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, gym and fitness centers are allowed to reopen indoors at ten percent capacity. Amenities to open include group exercise classes (Mar. 29), use of all fitness areas, weight training equipment, and cardio equipment. Opening hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. A new Group Exercise schedule starts March 29. Indoor swimming pools are allowed to reopen for “drowning prevention classes”. The pools are scheduled to reopen April 5. NEWS RELEASE IN PDF | FREQUENT QUESTIONS

  • Watch 500 Hearts on Trees Decorating Live on YouTube

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    We will decorate the magnolia tree in Friendly Plaza with 500 hearts in observance of the one year mark of the pandemic in Monterey. We are streaming part of this live on YouTube at youtube.com/cityofmonterey starting at 3:00 p.m. on March 10, weather permitting. We hope you can check it out!

  • City of Monterey Neighborhood Playgrounds Reopen - Sports to Reopen Mid-March with Some Restrictions

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    Today the City Manager signed a new emergency order reopening many City of Monterey Playgrounds and ordering fields to reopen soon. NEWS RELEASE IN PDF | EMERGENCY ORDER

Page last updated: 30 Mar 2022, 09:04 AM