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Information on Coronavirus Disease

Let's work together to slow the spread of COVID-19. Wear a mask and maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others.
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click to view governor newsom gives live update on covid-19


click to view video on the June 10th 2020 virtual meeting by Monterey County's Supervisor Adams on what residents can look for as businesses open up

City of Pacific Grove SHELTER-IN-PLACE Questions and Answers

Monterey County's ATTESTATION APPROVED 5/30/2020
(allowing Monterey County to move into Expanded Stage 2)

Monterey County SHELTER-IN-PLACE Order (5/26/2020)

Monterey County SHELTER-IN-PLACE Order (5/1/2020)

Monterey County has issued an updated Shelter-in-Place Order. This Order is effective Monday, May 4, 2020 and will continue through May 31, 2020. Previously, on April 3, 2020, Monterey County issued an updated Shelter-in-Place Order effective 11:59 pm on April 3, 2020  through 11:59 pm on May 3, 2020. This order supersedes the March 17, 2020 Order of the Health Officer. This new order clarifies, strengthens and extends certain terms of the prior shelter in place order to increase social distancing and further reduce person-to-person contact in order to further slow the transmission of COVID-19. 

As of May 8, 2020, Monterey County has created Ad Hoc Committes to support the county community and recovery as the state and county move into Phase 2 recovery.



COVID-19 Testing Sites Open to Public


The City of Pacific Grove is working and coordinating closely with the State of California, Monterey County, neighboring municipalities and local agencies to monitor and address Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).  This web page is intended to provide information and updates on City of Pacific Grove measures being taken to address the Coronavirus, as well as access to the latest informational resources available.  For the 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.

click to read more on advice and safety tips on coronavirus scams provided by the federal trade commission



UPDATE  7/8/1010: 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.

Following the Monterey County Public Health Officer’s order to shelter-in-place, City facilities will close to the public until further notice, including City Hall and the Library. City staff will continue to work to ensure City business is still being conducted. If you need to complete a City transaction, you may do so online, through e-mail or via phone call. Should you need to drop off materials (payments, applications, etc.) for ANY City department, a mail drop off box is located in the Police Department Lobby at 580 Pine Avenue. 

This change in City business protocol will assist with further limiting the advancement of the COVID-19 virus and compliance with the order to shelter-in-place. The City will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation in close coordination with the Monterey County Health Department.

Additional Changes:

  • As of 3/13/2020, all meetings, events and programs are temporarily suspended or cancelled until further notice. Please refer to the Press Release from 3/13/2020 for further details on the events. UPDATE: In conjunction with the City Manager’s May 20, 2020 emergency directives/modifications, the Council ratified the substitution of City Advisory Board, Committee and Commission meeting schedule through August 31, 2020. Check the Calendar frequently for the latest schedule.
  • 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.
  • PG Al Fresco! Starting June 12, 2020, Lighthouse Avenue, between Forest and 16th, and between Grand and Fountain will be closed for pedestrian access only. In light of re-opening limitations, the closure will allow local Pacific Grove restaurants, retail and businesses to participate in P.G. Al Fresco. If you are a local P.G. business (you don't have to be located in the downtown area), contact Laurel O'Halloran to participate at Click Here to Read More
  • 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.
    updated outdoor recreation information on what is open and what is closed


click to read more on the state's new face covering mandate

click to read order from monterey county regarding face covering requirement

Frequently Asked Questions about the Face Covering Order (Click Here)

cdc face covering do's and don'ts 
CDC Guidelines on Cloth Face Coverings (Click Here)

click here to view the youtube video by CDC on how to make a cloth face covering with a tshirt and two elastic bands   click here to view tips from CHOMP on safely wearing and using cloth face coverings


Charter Boat Operations may Begin June 12, 2020

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.

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.

Enough For All

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

Monterey County Daily COVID-19 Updates


Explore Monterey County Reports: (click image below)

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Explore California State Reports Here

Explore John Hopkins Dashboard


MONTEREY Testing Site

A drive-thru testing site for Monterey will open starting on Monday, May 18th, at Monterey Peninsula College (MPC) and will run through June 15th. The hours are Monday from 9 a.m - 12 p.m, and starting Tuesday will extend 9 a.m - 12 p.m and 1 p.m - 4 p.m. They can test up to 100 people per day.  Enter MPC campus from Fremont Street and go to Parking Lot D (near Student Services building).

Check the website frequently as testing times vary due to location availability and will be determined week to week based on the community need.

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


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 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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. 

Salinas Location: Alisal High School, located at 777 Williams Road, Salinas CA 93905

Greenfield Location: Greenfield Branch Library, located at 315 El Camino Real, Greenfield CA 93927

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:

Asilomar Alternate Care Site - CLOSED

On Tuesday, March 10, the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) made a determination to relocate a small group of individuals from the Grand Princess cruise ship to the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, a facility that is both State-owned and operated.  As of March 11, none of these individuals are known to have contracted novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and they will be tested and monitored by medical professionals while at Asilomar.  All aspects of the State quarantine effort at Asilomar Conference Center are being controlled and/or operated by State or Federal agencies and their respective personnel.  No City of Pacific Grove or Asilomar Conference Center employees are involved or exposed to the State quarantine effort.  The Center for Disease Control is an integral part of the State quarantine effort at Asilomar Conference Center, ensuring proper protocols are being followed.  Additional details regarding the State quarantine effort at Asilomar Conference Center may be found at the following link: 

Asilomar Information Cal OES(March 13, 2020)

The Asilomar Alternative Care Site is now CLOSED.  On March 29, 2020 the City received notification from a CalOES official that the care site at Asilomar was in the demobilization process and the CalOES operation has concluded. March 30th through April 1st, the fencing and logistic items were removed. If circumstances change, the potential to re-open at a later date will remain a possibility. We will continue to update our community as information becomes available.


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)

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)

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

  • 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.

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

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: