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PACIFIC GROVE       

Information on Coronavirus Disease

STATE OF CA STAY AT HOME ORDER

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.

 

ACTIONS THE CITY IS TAKING

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. 

In addition, 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.

This additional temporary 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 actions the City is taking:

  • 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 PRESS RELEASES AND PROCLAMATIONS

Press Releases:

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)

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

 

Monterey County Daily COVID-19 Updates

 

STATE PRESS RELEASES

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

 

    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)

    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.  

    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

    Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce

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

    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 frequentl for updates and to learn more about virtual activities they are offering.

    Monterey Bay Aquarium

    Golf Course Closures

    All public and private golf courses must close due to COVID-19 Pandemic emergency. Read more here.

    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 oag.ca.gov/report 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

    Protection for Homeowners and Renters:

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

    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 and Updates:

    County of Monterey Health Department 

    State of California Resources:

    California Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

    California Department of Public Health Resources and Updates:

    California Department of Public Health
    California Office of Emergency Services