Big Sur and COVID-19

Dear Community Members,

Big Sur Chamber of Commerce, Big Sur Health Center, Esalen Institute Community Liaison, Big Sur Fire, Monterey County Sheriff and the Community Association of Big Sur met today to check in and where possible, coordinate our organizational efforts to help sustain the Big Sur community during the global pandemic.

In an effort to be proactive in addressing community concerns at the onset of this emerging public health crisis, leadership from the community non-profits above met to reconnect lines of communication established during past incidents. It is important to note that as of this moment, there are no known cases of COVID-19 in the Big Sur planning area.

At this time, it is suggested that community members:

  • Stock up on basic food supplies and prescriptions.
  • Reach out to your neighbors to check on their status.
  • Wash your hands and maintain social distancing.
  • Remember our local stores are stocked saving a trip to town. 

We also recommend utilizing reliable official sources of information to base your decision making on such as the following links: 

Big Sur Fire Chief Matt Harris has asked Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) leaders Martha Karstens and Hal Latta request their members to conduct neighborhood outreach to establish who in Big Sur is sheltering in place and their current needs.  CERT may play an important support role as issues from this event emerge.

As this global emergency unfolds, the leadership group that met yesterday will continue to collaborate, provide updates and when appropriate take actions to help support the Big Sur community.


Butch Kronlund Community Association of Big Sur. Kirk Gafill Big Sur Chamber of Commerce, Matt Harris Big Sur Fire, Sharen Carey Big Sur Health Center, Lacy Shannon Esalen Institute Community Liaison

2 thoughts on “Big Sur and COVID-19

  1. If a trip to town for other groceries is required and the ability to get to town is challenged, please reach out and I will help. I will attempt to make those purchases and bring them to you or to a central location in Big Sur Valley. I need to know your grocery list and you need to have a check or cash ready to reimburse me once product is delivered. Stay healthy!
    LivelikeWeston ~ Galen Call

  2. Starting today, Whole Foods in Monterey is opening to customers age 60 and older at 8 AM, and to the rest of the shopping public at 9 AM. There are limits on some products, some products were scarce to sold out, and the one category that appeared to have normal stocks was produce.

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