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Posted on: March 16, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Monterey County Moving into Red Tier of State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy

Health Officials urge continuation of COVID-19 preventative measures

Following the State of California’s announcement that Monterey County has met the requirements to move into the Red Tier of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, the Monterey County Health Officer announced today that the County will continue to align with the State’s framework and allow activities open in Red Tier counties to resume, effective Wednesday, March 17.

“Monterey County residents have shown continued commitment to wearing masks, social distancing, and staying outdoors as much as possible when interacting with people outside their household. These actions make a difference,” said Dr. Edward Moreno, County Health Officer and Director of Public Health.  “This is no time to let our guard down.”

To keep yourself, your family, friends and neighbors, and our entire community safe, follow these :

  • Move activities outdoors. Outdoor activities are far safer than indoor activities. 
  • Stay masked. Consistent use of face coverings both indoors and outdoors is very effective at preventing spread of the coronavirus.
  • Maintain at least 6-foot distance from others. Social distancing from those who do not live with you is effective at keeping the coronavirus away.
  • Avoid crowds. The fewer people you encounter and the fewer interactions you have, the lower the chance the virus will spread.
  • Get vaccinated when it is your turn. All federally authorized vaccines work well and will help keep you, your family, and your friends healthy.

The following activities as authorized under the State’s Red Tier can resume on Wednesday, March 17 in accordance with State capacity limits and modifications.

  • Restaurant indoor dining capacity is limited to 25% or 100 people, whichever is less.
  • Retail store indoor capacity is limited to 50% and grocery stores can operate at full capacity.
  • Shopping center indoor capacity is limited to 50%, with reduced capacity food courts.
  • Gym and fitness center indoor capacity is limited to 10%.
  • Movie theater indoor capacity is limited to 25% or 100 people, whichever is less.
  • Zoo, museum, and aquarium indoor capacity is limited to 25%.
  • Higher education indoor lectures and student gatherings are limited to 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is less.
  • Schools may reopen grades TK through 12 for in-person instruction after they have publicly posted their COVID-19 Safety Plans for at least five days.

For more information on what the State allows in the Monterey County, please visit

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