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Information on Coronavirus Disease

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On 8/5/2020 the City of Pacific Grove Council approved an ordinance to enforce mask violations with a $100, $200 or $500 fine. Click Here to Read Ordinance

For current local information on the status of COVID-19 in Monterey County, or instructions as to what to do for those who suspect they may be sick or want to be tested for the virus, please refer to the County of Monterey’s Health Department’s website.



BUSINESS RESOURCES (reopening guidelines, industry checklists, parklet and sidewalk dining permits, and more)


NEW Protections and Guidelines for TENANTS


Ensure proper social distancing protocols, hygiene standards, staying at home when sick and proper wearing of personal protective equipment, such as masks and face coverings.


Monterey County currently has no travel restrictions. However, effective July 13, 2020, the State of California has closed indoor activities for many sectors. Click Here to Read More.


Monterey County's face mask/covering order aligns with the State of California Order. Monterey County has started to issue administrative citations for those not in compliance.

State's Face Covering Guidance, 11/16/2020 (supersedes guidance from 6/18/2020)
City of Pacific Grove Ordinance, 8/5/2020
Monterey County Face Covering Order, 4/28/2020

Information on Fines RE. Face Covering Non-Compliance

Additional Resources:

cdc face covering do's and don'ts
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If a large amount of visitors are expected and social distancing is difficult, the City has and will close parks, beaches and open space areas for the sake of public health.

Currently, the Recreation Trail and beaches are open. City tennis courts and ball courts are open with limitations. Click Here to see which courts and ballfields are open and to view the limitations.

For additional recreation inquiries, please contact the Recreation Department at or (831) 648-3134.

Find a Testing Site Near You

COVID-19 Testing On The Peninsula: What You Need To Know


The Monterey County Health Department has partnered with California National Guard and California Testing Task Force to offer FREE pop-up drive through COVID-19 testing sites at rotating Monterey County locations. The first testing sites will be in Castroville and Gonzales starting this Thursday, October 8th.  Testing will continue through Friday, October 16th.

View Full List of Testing Sites & Tentative Schedule.
(Subject to change; please check back frequently)

Testing is open to Monterey County residents with symptoms and without symptoms. Testing is recommended for healthcare workers, first responders, caretakers to high risk individuals, individuals considered close contacts to others with COVID-19, and anyone that is concerned that they may have been exposed to COVID-19.   

Testing will be first come, first served. No appointment needed. Testing is available for anyone 18 years of age and older. If you have a valid ID, please bring it with you to testing site to expedite registration and results reporting processes.  Testing is safe and confidential. Bilingual services available. Taking advantage of these FREE tests does not affect immigration status.

POP-UP Testing Sites

As part of the effort to increase access to testing for residents, Monterey County is contracting with the Central Coast Visiting Nurses Association, Inc. to manage and staff COVID-19 pop up testing sites throughout the County. The intent of the pop-up clinics is to bring COVID-19 testing to communities that do not have access or have very limited access to testing services.

Location of future pop- up test sites will be announced on the Monterey County Health Department website. The County will continue to collaborate with healthcare and hospital partners to increase access to testing services.

For updates, please check the Monterey County COVID-19 website on a frequent basis.

MONTEREY Testing Site

A drive-thru testing site for Monterey will open starting on Monday, May 18th, at Monterey Peninsula College (MPC).

Testing times vary due to location availability and will be determined week to week based on the community need. Click Here to Check Times.

For more information, and answers to frequently asked questions, Click Here.

SEASIDE Testing Site

Beginning Tuesday, October 20, free COVID-19 testing will be available in Seaside, Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The testing site will be at Seaside High School at 220 Noche Buena Street. This testing service is provided in partnership with California Department of Public Health and OptumServe.

This state-supported site accepts walk-ins and appointments. Appointments to get tested may be made by visiting their website (Click Here) or by calling 1-888-634-1123.

Walk-ins are welcomed daily between 4 to 7 pm, but the number of walk-ins that can be served is limited by the number of tests available per day which is why appointments are encouraged.

Please bring a legal identification if you have one to help ensure contact information is captured correctly for results reporting.

    SALINAS and GREENFIELD Testing Sites

    Following Governor Gavin Newsom’s recent announcement to add more than 80 community testing sites across the state focused on underserved communities, Monterey County launched two testing sites in Salinas and Greenfield on May 6th. These two community testing sites are now open every week, Tuesdays to Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m in Salinas and 8:00 a.m to 8 p.m in Greenfield.

    As of May 11th 2020, the general public is invited to register for an appointment.  You do not need to be experiencing symptoms to be tested. 

    Testing will be by appointment only. Appointments can be made by calling 1-888-634-1123 or visiting Please note that phone registration will only be used for people without internet access. Individuals will need to provide their insurance card and valid identification at the time of check-in. A unique identification number will be provided for those that do not have a valid identification. For those without any insurance, the State will cover the full cost of testing. There is no out of pocket cost for anyone receiving service.

    Test results will be available 36-48 hours after testing. Individuals with a positive COVID-19 test will be contacted by an OptumServe staff member. The Monterey County Health Department will also contact individuals with a positive COVID-19 result to initiate contact tracing and investigation process. 

    Establishment of community diagnostic testing sites is powered through a partnership between the State of California with OptumServe, the federal government health services business of Optum, a leading health services innovation company.  A nasal or throat swab will be collected and specimens will be sent to a FDA approved laboratory for COVID-19 PCR testing.

    In accordance with the California Department of Public Health Updated Interim Guidance on Prioritization for COVID-19 Laboratory Testing, the testing sites initially prioritized healthcare providers, first responders, and other front-line and essential workers including child care providers, grocery clerks, social service providers, construction workers, landscapers/gardeners, etc., before the service was made available to the general public. The general public is now invited to register for an appointment.  You do not need to be experiencing symptoms to be tested. 

    Additional Information:


    8/20/2020 City of Pacific Grove Press Release (Re: Beach Closures August 22 - September 8)
    7/2/2020 City of Pacific Grove Press Release (Re: Closure of Lovers Point July 3-5)
    6/5/2020 City of Pacific Grove Press Release (Re: Trial Downtown Lighthouse Street Closure)
    5/13/2020 City Manager Memorandum (Designating 2 Construction Projects as Essential Governmental Functions)
    5/1/2020 City of Pacific Grove Press Release (Re: Lover's Point Beach Limited Reopening)
    4/30/2020 City of Pacific Grove Press Release (Re: Deferral of Business License Tax and Bid Assessment)
    4/28/2020 City of Pacific Grove Press Release (Re: Closure of Lover's Point Beach and Park)
    4/16/2020-City Manager Memorandum (Designating 3 Construction Projects as Essential Governmental Functions)
    4/7/2020-City Manager Memorandum (Designating 5 Construction Projects as Essential Governmental Functions)
    4/6/2020 - City of Pacific Grove Press Release (Re: Zoom Webinar Information for April 8th City Council Meeting)
    4/3/2020- City of Pacific Grove Press Release (Re: moratorium on evictions due to nonpayment of residential/commercial rent)
    4/3/2020 - City of Pacific Grove Press Release (Re: April 8, 2020 City Council Meeting and NEW dial-in numbers)
    3/29/2020- City of Pacific Grove Press Release (Re: April 1, 2020 City Council Meeting) 
    3/25/2020 - County Treasurer-Tax Collector Press Release (Re: Property Tax Deadlines)
    03/18/2020 City of Pacific Grove Press Release (Re. City Council Meeting)
    03/16/2020 County of Monterey Health Department Press Release
    03/13/2020 - City of Pacific Grove Press Release (Information pertaining to cancelled and postponed events)

    03/18/2020 - City Manager Directives/Modifications pursuant to the Local Emergency Proclamation
    03/13/2020 - Proclamation of Local Emergency City of Pacific Grove


    View ALL Monterey County News and Press Releases
    (all County press releases may not be listed below; click link above to view all)

    10/20/2020 - Monterey County Press Release (Re: CARES funding for businesses)
    10/14/2020 - Monterey County Health Officer Order (Re: Influenza Vaccination and Masking Order for Health Care Workers)
    7/6/2020 - Monterey County Press Release (Re: Selected Businesses Must Move Activities Outdoors or Close)
    6/18/2020 - Monterey County Guidance (Re: Social Circles)
    6/11/2020 - Monterey County Press Release (Re: Short-Term Lodging Facilities)
    6/11/2020 - Monterey County Press Release (Re: Businesses Required to Adhere to Sate and Local Industry Guidance)
    6/7/2020 - Monterey County Press Release (Re: Opening Additional Business Sectors)
    5/26/2020 - Monterey County Order (Re: Shelter-In-Place order)
    5/8/2020 - Monterey County Order (Re: Supplemental Order to Shelter-In-Place order)
    5/1/2020 - Monterey County Order (Re: Extended Shelter-In-Place)
    5/3/2020 - Monterey County Order and FAQ related to Order (Re: Short Term Lodging)
    5/1/2020 - Monterey County Order (Re: Updated Shelter-In-Place Order)
    4/28/2020 - Monterey County Order and FAQ related to Order (Re: Face Covering Requirement)
    4/24/2020 - Monterey County Order (Re: Short Term Lodging)
    3/26/2020 - Monterey County Memorandum (Re: Short Term Rental or Vacation Rental)
    3/25/2020 - County Treasurer-Tax Collector Press Release (Re: Property Tax Deadlines)
    03/16/2020 County of Monterey Health Department Press Release


    The Governor has announced the creation of a statewide hotline — 833-544-2374 — in coordination with the non-profit local 2-1-1 systems, so that Californians have a one-stop shop to answer their questions and get assistance during this crisis. For example, the 2-1-1 system is able to help older Californians access grocery and medication delivery while staying at home. Read more here.

    View ALL Executive Orders Here
    (all Executive Orders may not be listed below; click link above to view all)

    11/19/2020 Limited Stay At Home Order (Re: limited stay at home order effective November 21 at 10pm until December 21 at 5am)
    07/13/2020 State Order Issued (Re: Statewide order relative to bars, pubs, brewpubs and breweries, and closure of additional indoor sectors)
    07/08/2020 State Order Issued (Re: Selected Businesses Must Move Acitivities Outdoors of Close)
    05/06/2020 Executive Order N-61-20 (Re: Waived Penalties on Property Tax)
    05/04/2020 Executive Order N-60-20 (Re: Stage 2 Reopening)
    03/27/2020 Executive Order N-37-20
    03/19/2020 Executive Order N-33-20
    03/17/2020 Executive Order N-29-20
    03/16/2020 Executive Order N-28-20
    03/12/2020 Executive Order N-25-20


    UPDATE  7/8/2020: Effective Friday July 10, 2020, City Hall facilities will be closed to the public until further notice. Staff will continue to work to ensure business is conducted remotely Monday through Thursday. We are closed for business on Fridays. You may complete transactions by e-mail, phone or online through the website. Click Here for the Staff Directory.

    If you need to drop off materials (payments, applications, etc.) for any department, a mail drop off box is available in the Police Department Lobby (580 Pine Avenue) from 7am until 11pm.

    Starting Monday June 29, 2020, City Hall will be reopening with modifications. For information on modified business hours, guidelines and protocols, Click Here.

    Monterey County Daily COVID-19 Updates

    Additional Changes:

    • As of June 15, 2020, city tennis courts and ballfields are open, with limitations. At this time playgrounds are still closed. Please refer to the signs at the parks and adhere to modified court and ballpark rules at this time, i.e singles tennis only, household use only, no group/team play, ect. Click Here to see which courts and ballfields are open and to view the limitations.
    • As of 5/22/2020, the City of Pacific Grove Recreation Department has made the difficult decision to cancel the summer day camp and aquatics programs for 2020. This includes the annual Youth Adventure Camp program, summer Pre-School activities, Swim Lesson classes and Community Swim opportunities at the Stillwell Children’s Pool at Lovers Point. While in-person recreation facilities remain closed, regular updates and resources will continue to be provided on the Virtual Recreation & Library Services webpage, as well as on Pacific Grove Recreation social media accounts. Read more on the announcement here.


    In alignment with the California Department of Public Health guidance posted on September 28, 2020, all City of Pacific Grove Playgrounds have reopened.

    When visiting the playgrounds, please "play it safe" and follow the guidelines in the flyer below.

    Face coverings and physical distancing of at least 6' is required when at City parks and using park and play equipment.

    Play it safe. Due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19 please follow these guidelines to help keep our outdoor playgrounds safe, open and fun.


    Explore Monterey County Reports: (click image below)

    click to view the monterey county covid-19 data

    Explore California State Reports Here

    Explore John Hopkins Dashboard

    • Re-deploying selected public safety resources to outdoor locations such as the Recreation Trail and Lover's Point Park to ensure proper social-distancing requirements are being followed by those out exercising.
    • Increasing the City's public information efforts and expanding the City's information community through external mailings and targeted advertising
    • Requiring new hygiene protocols for all City employees to reduce the likelihood of virus transmittal
    • Rapidly exploring and procuring technology tools to better allow all City meetings to be convened remotely, including the City Council meeting (stay tuned for details)
    • Coordinating on a daily basis with regional partners (neighboring cities, the County and special districts) to share information and best practices
    • Conducting close patrols and checks on both opened and closed local businesses for added security and compliance.
    • Developing an urgency ordinance to provide eviction protection during the emergency.
    • Community Development has put in place Online Services and Remote Procedures to improve remote assistance.
    • Recreation and Library staff have teamed up to bring the community a Virtual Recreation and Library Center!
    • City of Pacific Grove and HDL have put together resources specifically for small businesses - COVID-19 Business Information

    We advise community members to monitor updates from the County Public Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for the latest information on COVID-19 guidance, and everyday actions to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus within our community.  

    Renter & Homeowner Resources

    The California Business Consumer Services and Housing Agency has produced two informational flyers with resources for renters and homeowners:

    • Stuggling to pay rent? Learn more about available resources HERE.
    • Struggling to pay your mortgage? Learn more about available resources HERE.

    During the COVID-19 health emergency, Monterey Bay Economic Partnership (MBEP) continues to support local governments and other partners in addressing housing needs.

    Click here to read more on MBEP's housing response and to access additional renters resources.

    Additional Renter Resources can be found HERE.

    Religious Services and Cultural Ceremonies

    On Monday, May 25, 2020, the California Department of Public Health announced the statewide reopening of places of worship for religious services.  These organizations can reopen in Monterey County, if they meet the State of California’s criteria. Under the new guidance, places of worship can hold religious services and funerals that limit attendance to 25% of a building’s capacity or up to 100 attendees, which ever is lower. Click Here to read more on the guidance.

    Charter Boat Services

    Charter Boat operators may begin operating effective June 12, 2020, subject to the requirements set forth in the Monterey County Health Officer Orders, and subject to any additional requirements set forth in guidance by the County Health Officer, the Governor of California, and State Health Officer. Click Here to view the guidance.

    Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP)

    MBCP has adopted a resolution to defer MBCP charges by 50% in May and June for all customers to assist in the financial burden COVID-19 inflicted on central coast communities’ residents and businesses. No action needed. Please read the April 13th Press Release and FAQ for more information.

    Monterey and Salinas Animal Services

    Effective April 1st and until further notice, all animals found within the City limits of Salinas and Marina will be temporarily housed at Monterey County Animal Services located at 160 Hitchcock Road in Salinas, which is next door to the current Salinas Animal Shelter. Read more here.

    Cloth Face Coverings

    Monterey County has issued a face covering order effective 12:01 am Thursday April 30, 2020 until further notice.

    Face Covering Requirement
    FAQ Regarding Face Covering Requirement

    CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. For more information on cloth face coverings, and how to make your own, click here.

    Senior Market Hours

    As of March 18, the following stores are offering some ways for elders and others at risk to access groceries.  Please check the store websites to stay up-to-date on any changes.

    Senior Hours & Offers:
    Trader Joe's - 1st hour of opening EVERY DAY (check your store for hours)
    Safeway/Andronicos/Luckys - 7-9 am every Tuesday and Thursday
    Whole Foods - 8-9 am on Wednesdays
    Target - 1st hour of opening on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (check your store for hours)
    Raleys/Bel Air/Nob Hill - $20 Essential Bags

    Enough4All - On March 23, 2020, State and local health officials say this week is critical in terms of flattening the curve in California. CGA has updated their Top 10 safety guidelines to help protect consumers and grocery store employees. Read the 03/24/2020 Press Release for more information. #Enough4All

    Safe Shopping Guidelines (Click Here)

    Community Hospital of Monterey County (CHOMP)

    CHOMP is providing FREE e-visits for those who believe they have symptoms of COVID-19. All you need is a smartphone or computer. Click here for more information. 

    Additional Resources from CHOMP:
    e-Learning Series and Webinars
    COVID-19 Fact Sheet

    Restaurants Open for Takeout and Delivery

    Support a local business! The Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce has a listing of local resturaunts providing take out and delivery.

    Monterey also has an ongoing list of restaurants available for take out and delivery.

    Delivery is also provided by GrubHub, Door Dash and more.

    Protection for Homeowners and Renters:

    Governor Newsom issues executive order to protect home owners and renters during COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more here.

    Monterey-Salinas Transit 

    Effective March 28, 2020, MST Services will be suspended during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

    MST Service Suspension

    Effective Wednesday, 3/18/20, the Monterey-Salinas Transit will waive passenger fares on all services to include the RIDES ADA Paratransit service. Also, Coach Operators shall initiate rear-door loading and unloading procedures on all coaches that are so equipped, (Exceptions include passengers boarding with mobility aids and those who request the use of the ramp to board the service). This MST directive shall become effective at 12:01 AM Wednesday, 3/18/2020, and shall remain in effect until 11:59 PM Tuesday, April 7, 2020. All additional costs and lost fare revenues related to this emergency shall be tracked and used to seek reimbursement from any federal, state or local funding sources that may emerge.

    Monterey Bay Community Power

    March 19, 2020 Monterey Bay Community Power's statement on COVID-19 and actions to support customers and communities. Visit the Monterey Bay Community Power website for more information. 

    Monterey Bay Aquarium

    The Aquarium is temporarily closed until at least April 8th. Please check their website frequently for updates and to learn more about virtual activities they are offering.

    Monterey Bay Aquarium

    Golf Course

    Consistent with the revised version of the Monterey County Shelter in Place Order, and with social distancing protocols required for play, the Pacific Grove Golf Links has announced that they will be open starting this Monday, May 4.  They will be accepting requests for Monday tee times starting tomorrow, Saturday, May 2.

    PG&E Commitments

    Additional support for PGE customers and communities related to the COVID-19 virus

    03/20/2020 PGE Commitments, including positive developments related to bankruptcy resolution

    Why Soap Works!

    It is recommended that high-risk individuals avoid mass gatherings where large numbers of people are within arm’s length of one another. Here are preventive actions you can use to protect yourself and those within your community to slow the spread of respiratory viruses. 

    Cover Coughs and Sneezes

    • Cough and sneeze into a tissue, handkerchief, or sleeve. 
    • If you sneeze into a tissue, throw it away immediately and wash your hands with soap and warm water.
    • Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hand. If you do, wash your hands immediately for a minimum of 20 seconds.

    Clean Hands and Surfaces Regularly 

    • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for a minimum of 20 seconds.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
    • Avoid touching your face specifically your nose, mouth, and eyes.
    • Avoid shaking hands. 
    • Disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as doorknobs, tabletops, counters, phones, keyboards, and light switches. 

    Stay Home When Sick

    • Stay home and away from others when you are feeling unwell.
    • If you have a cold, flu, or other viruses, you can prevent the spread of germs by wearing a mask. 
    • If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, contact your doctor first before going in. 

    We advise community members to monitor updates from the County Public Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for the latest information on COVID-19 guidance, and everyday actions to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus within our community.  

    No Kid Hungry Emergency Relief Grants

    No Kid Hungry is offering real time funding and assistance for schools and community organizations to make sure kids have access to the meals they need as schools close due to coronavirus. If your organization needs funding to support these efforts, please submit your interest in receiving emergency grant funds here:

    No Kid Hungry Grant Request (click here)

    Benefits for Workers Impacted by COVID-19:

    The governor released a one-stop website for COVID-19 resources (link below). Information including unemployment and paid sick leave can be found at this website. Information regarding small business assistance will soon be added.

    Governor's One-Stop Website (click here)

    In addition, below is a link to a chart that provides information on current resources available for various COVID-19 impacts.

    Resources for workers impacted by COVID-19 (click here)

    Small Business Resources

    The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development has compiled helpful information for employers, employees and all Californians as it relates to the cornonavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

    Help for Small Businesses

    In addition, refer to the COVID-19 Business Information website for further resources.

    COVID-19 Business Information

    Price Gouging:

    It is illegal to raise the price of food, medical supplies, housing, fuel, or other essentials more than 10% during a state of emergency. If you have witnessed price gouging, make a report with the Office of Attorney General at or by calling 800-952-5225. You can also contact your local police department. For more information on the California Law prohibiting price gouging visit Ca Penal Code 396

    Comcast Updates

    As part of their response to the SARS-CoV2 pandemic, Comcast is expanding their Internet Essentials program by (1) increasing speeds for IE customers, and (2) giving new customers two months of free service.  View the full Comcast statement here. 

    County of Monterey Resources:

    County of Monterey Health Department 

    California Resources:

    California Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response
    California Department of Public Health
    California Office of Emergency Services

    Federal Resources: