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Monterey County Moving into Orange Tier of State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy

April 6, 2021

Health Officials urge continuation of COVID-19 preventative measures

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