Regional Stay Home Order Announced December 3, 2020

                                                                                             We would like to be clear that at this time Monterey County has not been put on a stay-at-home order.

On Thursday, December 3, 2020, Governor Newsom announced new government directives to contain the spread of coronavirus and prevent COVID-19 patients from overwhelming hospitals. Monterey County is now classified in a new “Bay Area” region for a Regional Stay Home Order that was issued yesterday, December 3, 2020.

It’s likely that in the next couple of weeks the State of California will direct some businesses in the Bay Area region (including Monterey County) to close or further restrict commercial activity. Hotels will be allowed to open only for “critical infrastructure support.” Restaurants will be allowed to serve customers “only for take-out, pick-up, or delivery.” Retail and shopping centers will be limited to 20% capacity with entrancing metering. Hair salons, barbershops, and personal care services will close.

More information about the looming restrictions is available on this State of California website.

Obviously this is yet another blow for Downtown Salinas businesses and the people who work for them. But our hospitals in Monterey County are among the many hospitals in California experiencing a significant rise in patients. The need to “flatten the curve” is again highly relevant.

SCCIA will remain vigilant and keep you updated about the latest developments as they come in.