On April 28th, the Monterey County Health Officer issued a new Order requiring members of the public and workers to wear face coverings beginning on Thursday, April 30th.  A face covering as defined by the Order can be a cloth, fabric, or other soft or permeable material, without holes, that covers only the nose and mouth area of the face, such as a scarf or bandana, neck gaiter, mask, or homemade covering made from a t-shirt, sweatshirt or towel.  Instructions showing how to make a face covering can be found at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website by clicking the link below.  Face coverings must be worn when inside, in line to enter, or when conducting business through a car or walk-up window at an essential business, government office, or healthcare facility; when engaged in essential infrastructure work; when waiting for or riding on public transportation; and when workers are interacting with each other and/or customers in any of these situations.

The City is distributing Census 2020 bandanas at some of the local markets for those that do not have a face covering available to enter the store and looking for other ways to assist in providing face coverings for those that do not have access to one.