On April 28, 2020 the Monterey County Health Officer issued a health officer order requiring the use of face coverings in Monterey County to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. Shortly thereafter, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued statewide guidance for the use of face coverings. Since then, CDPH has issued industry specific guidance documents that also include recommendations for the use of face coverings. Most recently, CDPH issued guidance for fully vaccinated individuals which allows people from different households to gather and remove their face coverings in certain situations.
On April 22, 2021 the Monterey County Health Officer terminated the Local Health Officer Order regarding the use of face coverings. All members of the public residing in, working in or visiting the County of Monterey are required to follow guidance issued by CDPH regarding the use of face coverings.
“Terminating the Local Health Officer Order should prevent any confusion regarding which face covering guidance Monterey County residents should follow,” stated Dr. Edward Moreno, Monterey County Health Officer.
The Monterey County Health Department continues to encourage people to take measures to reduce transmission of COVID-19, to get vaccinated and to get tested for COVID-19 if they have symptoms of COVID-19.