On March 18th, the Monterey County Health Officer issued a Shelter in Place Order, which was reissued on April 3rd with increased restrictions.  Under the Municipal Code, the County Health Officer also serves as the City’s Health Officer.  A similar order was issued by the Governor of California for the entire State of California on March 19th, which has been followed with a number of subsequent changes.  On April 30, 2020, a subsequent Order was issued by the County Health Officer, which allows additional businesses to reopen under restrictions and established protocols.

Since then, the State has approved a variance request from the County of Monterey enabling the County to proceed to an additional stage of the “Resilience Roadmap for State Reopening”, which allowed indoor restaurant dining, indoor retail sales and churches.  Additional orders were issued by the County Health Officer on May 8, 2020 and May 26, 2020 to implement the reopening process consistent with the State guidelines.  In response to the Governor’s Order, a new Order was issued by the County Health Officer on July 8th that now once again prohibits operation of bars and indoor dining in restaurants.

On Friday, August 28th, the Governor issued a new blueprint for reducing COVID-19 in the state with revised criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions.  The primary impact on King City is that salons are now allowed to open.  The new blueprint places each county in one of 4 risk levels: widespread, substantial, moderate and minimal.  Monterey County is in the widespread tier.  To move to the substantial tier, it must experience less than 7 daily new cases per 100,000 people for 2 consecutive weeks.  Click on the California Blueprint for a Safer Economy link below for the latest status of Monterey County’s risk level and how it impacts specific activities.

Public gatherings are still not allowed except for outdoor worship services and private gatherings of no more the 3 households.  If holding a private gathering at your residence, please follow all State restrictions set forth in the California Guidance for Private Gatherings below.

On December 3, 2020, the State issued a new Stay at Home Order. It divided the state into 5 regions. King City lies in the Bay Area region. The Order applies to a region when the capacity for ICU beds reaches 15% or less. Once triggered, it must remain in effect for a minimum of 3 weeks. The County Health Officer issued an Order to place Monterey County under the State Stay at Home Order restrictions effective on December 13, 2020. The State Stay at Home Order then went into effect for the Bay Area region on December 17, 2020. It required salons to close, eliminated outdoor dining, and limits retail businesses to 20% capacity.