New Order by MoCo Health Department with new restrictions, including limiting recreational travel.

This order goes into effect at 11:59 pm tonight. An emergency alert on this just went out at 5:13 pm. One significant change is that ONLY essential travel is allowed. Pay particular attention to the TITLE of this order – 3) Limiting travel for Outdoor Recreational Activities….” This language would be completely unnecessary if one can travel as one chooses for outdoor recreation. I submit one can’t travel outside one’s own neighborhood, otherwise, what is the point of severe travel restrictions in other areas, if not this one? Also, there is very restrictive language about entering the county for any purposes. Finally, I see the language requesting strict enforcement at the end of the as being extremely instructive about the intent of this order. Here is the website (Note, I had trouble with it a bit ago, so be patient and try again later): Http://www.co.monterey.ca.us/government/departments-a-h/health

Here are the relevant sections regarding travel.

FHL RAISES HPCON LEVEL TO CHARLIE

HPCON is the term for Health Protection Condition Levels. Alpha is the lowest level and Delta is the highest. Many other bases around the country are already up to the Delta Level. The Mission is closed and is not offering any church services at this time, also.

Charlie Level at FHL means that the base is closed except to residents and mission essential personnel.

FORT HUNTER LIGGETT AT HPCON CHARLIE
With the Visitor Center closed and increased screening measures, expect longer waits. Only mission essential employees and residents allowed post access at this time.
Learn about the different health protection levels at
https://phc.amedd.army.mil/topics/campaigns/covid19/Pages/HPCON.aspx

State Park Volunteer Days for April Canceled

Hello, 
Safety is a top priority for the Monterey District State Parks and our Natural Resource Volunteer Program. In order to support state and local efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), all volunteer work days scheduled for April 2020 will be cancelled .  This includes the cancellation of our monthly programs (for April) in partnership with California State Parks Foundation at Fort Ord State Dunes and at Garrapata State Park.
We look forward to bringing together our community of volunteers for work days once it is safe to do so. We have been working diligently to plan fun and exciting projects for the future. We will provide updates on upcoming events as things continue to unfold. Stay safe and healthy and we look forward to seeing you all in the future. Please feel free to contact me via email or phone (listed below) if you have any further questions. 
For updates regarding COVID-19 please follow the Center for Disease Control (CDC). 
Best,

Kimiya Ghadiri, Forestry Aide, Volunteer Program Coordinator, California State Parks, Monterey District

Vehicle Access to ALL State Parks Closed

California State Parks Closes Vehicular Access at all State Parks

 March 29, 2020California State Parks today announced it is temporarily closing vehicle access at all 280 state parks to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). On Saturday, many state parks once again experienced visitation surges that made it impossible for the public to implement appropriate social/ physical distancing practices. During this pandemic disease, every person has a role to play in slowing down the spread of COVID-19. Protecting individuals, families and communities comes down to common sense. As such, the public is reminded to adhere to the following guidance: 

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Stay close to home when you get outdoors. This is not the time for a road trip to a destination park or beach.
  • Venture out only with people in your immediate household.
  • Walk around the neighborhood and enjoy neighborhood parks.
  • Always maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more when recreating in the outdoors. If you cannot maintain physical distancing, leave the park.
  • Do not congregate in parks.

To date, the department has implemented various safety measures such as temporarily closing all campgrounds, museums and visitor centers in the State Parks System; cancelling all events; and closing vehicular traffic at certain parks and beaches, and fully closing others.   California continues to issue guidance on preparing and protecting Californians from COVID-19. State Parks is monitoring the situation closely and is following guidance provided by the Governor’s Office via the California Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. Protecting visitors and all who take care of state parks from the exposure to the pandemic disease is a top priority for the State of California.State Parks will continue to monitor visitation and physical distancing at all state park units, and if the safety measures implemented thus far are not sufficient to protect public health, additional measures may be taken to fully close parks, including trails, bathrooms and other amenities.  State Parks has developed a one-stop resource center––www.parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve––to find park safety and closure information, and messaging and graphics from the “Flatten the COVID-19 Curve at Parks” social media awareness campaign. Please check this webpage regularly, as it will be updated with new information as it becomes available.

List of State Parks closed to Vehicular Traffic

Effective immediately, State Parks has temporarily closed vehicular traffic to parks experiencing high visitation. Below is a list of the impacted parks. This list is dynamic and will be updated regularly.

To stay up-to-date with any new listings see: http://www.oesnews.com/california-state-parks-takes-additional-steps-to-help-slow-down-the-spread-of-covid-19-vehicle-access-temporarily-closed-for-additional-parks/

For those wishing to take a break in the outdoors, public health officials are advising them to walk, run, hike and bike in their local neighborhoods and walk to parks. Most importantly, the public is being asked not to congregate in the outdoors. Everyone has the responsibility to “Flatten the COVID-19 Curve at Parks” by maintaining a social distance of 6 ft. or more when recreating in the outdoors, and staying home if they are sick. If visitors cannot maintain social distancing, they need to leave the park.

Calaveras County:

  • Calaveras Big Trees State Park (SP)

Contra Costa County:

  • Mount Diablo SP

El Dorado County:

  • Ed Z’berg Sugar Pine Point SP
  • Emerald Bay SP
  • Folsom Lake State Recreation Area (SRA)
  • Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park (SHP)

Los Angeles County:

  • Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook
  • El Matador State Beach (SB)
  • Leo Carrillo State Park SP
  • Los Angeles SHP
  • Malibu Creek SP
  • Malibu Lagoon SB
    • Malibu Pier and parking area were closed on 3/24/2020 to vehicular traffic and pier closed to pedestrian traffic at the western most point of concession restaurant.  Restaurant remains open with “To-Go” Services.
  • Point Dume SB
  • Robert H. Meyer Memorial SB
  • Topanga SP
  • Will Rogers SHP

Marin County:

  • Angel Island SP
  • China Camp SP
  • Marconi Conference Center SHP
  • Mount Tamalpais SP
  • Olompali SHP
  • Samuel P. Taylor SP
  • Tomales Bay SP

Mendocino County:

  • Jug Handle State Natural Reserve (SNR)
  • MacKerricher SP
  • Point Cabrillo Light Station SHP
  • Russian Gulch SP
  • Van Damme SP

Merced County:

  • George J. Hatfield SRA

Monterey County:

  • Andrew Molera SP
  • Carmel River SB
  • Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP
  • Monterey SB
  • Pfeiffer Big Sur SP
  • Point Lobos SNR
  • Point Sur SHP

Nevada County:

  • Donner Memorial SP
  • Empire Mine SHP
  • South Yuba River SP

Orange County:

  • Bolsa Chica SB
  • Chino Hills SP
  • Crystal Cove SP
  • Doheny SB
  • Huntington SB
  • San Clemente SB
  • San Onofre SB

Placer County:

  • Donner Memorial SP
  • Folsom Lake SRA
  • Kings Beach SRA

Riverside County:

  • Chino Hills SP
  • California Citrus SHP
  • Lake Perris SRA

Sacramento County:

  • Folsom Lake SRA

San Bernardino County:

  • Chino Hills SP
  • Silverwood Lake SRA

San Diego County:

  • Cardiff SB
  • Carlsbad SB
  • San Elijo SB
  • Silver Strand SB
  • San Onofre SB
  • South Carlsbad SB
  • Torrey Pines SB
  • Torrey Pines SNR

San Joaquin County:

  • Caswell Memorial SP

San Luis Obispo County:

  • Cayucos SB
  • Morro Bay SP
  • Morro Strand SB

San Mateo County:

  • Año Nuevo SP
  • Bean Hollow SB
  • Burleigh H. Murray Ranch SP
  • Castle Rock SP
  • Cowell Ranch
  • Gray Whale Cove SB
  • Half Moon Bay SB
  • Montara SB
  • Pescadero SB
  • Pigeon Point Light Station SHP
  • Pomponio SB
  • San Gregorio SB

Santa Barbara County:

  • Carpinteria SB
  • El Capitan SB
  • Gaviota SP
  • Refugio SB

Santa Cruz County:

  • Castle Rock SP
  • Henry Cowell Redwoods SP
  • Manresa SB
  • Natural Bridges SB
  • New Brighton SB
  • Seacliff SB
  • The Forest of Nisene Marks SP

Shasta County:

  • Castle Crags SP

Sonoma County:

  • Armstrong Redwoods SNR
  • Austin Creek SRA
  • Fort Ross SHP
  • Jack London SHP
  • Kruse Rhododendron SNR
  • Petaluma Adobe SHP
  • Salt Point SP
  • Sonoma Coast SP (and associated sub-units)
  • Sonoma SHP
  • Sugarloaf Ridge SP
  • Trione-Annadel SP

Ventura County:

  • Carpinteria SB
  • Mandalay SB
  • Point Mugu SP
  • San Buenaventura SB

Supervisor Adams’s Update

March 26, 2020

MONTEREY COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
MARY L. ADAMS, SUPERVISOR – FIFTH DISTRICT
Dear Kate,
I hope this message finds you well and safe and that you are making adjustments to a new routine at home. Learning how to live and conduct business as we Shelter-in-Place (or SIP) is quite a process for all of us. I can’t thank you enough for the effort you and your family are making to help Monterey County slow the spread of COVID-19 through our community.
If we’re at all alike, you have been watching and reading the news constantly to be up to the minute and fully informed. The amount and speed of information coming out is both dizzying and frustrating at the same time. Not wanting to inundate you with too much information, but also feeling the need to connect, we have decided to email you a bi-weekly newsletter for the duration of the SIP Order. This newsletter will be a sort of compendium of information and resources and will include responses to the questions most frequently posed to us over the previous days. It will also include pertinent updates from the County related to the pandemic. I hope you will find it useful. For those who would like a day-to-day update on the status of COVID-19 and our local response, please refer to the Monterey County Daily Situation Report. Or, you can opt to receive real-time updates by texting “MCCOVID19” to 888777. 
Please know that while the way we conduct work at your Fifth District Supervisor’s Office has shifted, the work has not stopped. I have quickly become an interactive meeting pro, virtually attending both the Board of Supervisors and Transportation Agency for Monterey County Board of Directors meeting this week, as an example. My team and I remain committed to ensuring the needs and issues of District residents are heard and addressed as quickly as possible. While working remotely, you can reach us at district5@co.monterey.ca.us for assistance.
Take care and be well. Again, I repeat my birth state of Kentucky’s motto “United We Stand, Divided We Fall”. Together, we will survive this extraordinary challenge.
Best, Mary. SIP Digest for the Week of March 18 – 25
Shelter in Place Order: The County reissued its Shelter-in-Place Order to align with the State’s Stay-at-Home order. The most significant change is the County replaced a planned end date of April 8th to an indefinite time. The Monterey County Public Health Officer Order is consistent with the statewide order and orders issued by other Bay Area local Public Health Officers.The order can be found here.
Monterey County Government Center schedule: The Government Center at 168 W. Alisal has modified the Public Access hours to promote safety among the public and essential government employees and to reduce the spread of COVID-19. For the time being the Monday – Friday schedule is as follows:PUBLIC ACCESS – OPEN: 7am – 1pmLIMITED PUBLIC ACCESS (doors locked) – 1pm – 5pm
If you need to access the Clerk’s office or County Council between 1pm – 5pm to ensure filing timely claims, service of complaints etc., please knock or signal the security guard for entry.
COVID-19 Hotlines, Websites & Email Address:  The Monterey County Health Department COVID-19 webpage is continuously updated with news, information and data.For health related questions, call the Monterey County Health Department information hotline at 831-769-8700 or 831-755-4521Monday – Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.  Or, email your questions to COVID-19@co.monterey.ca.us The COVID-19 Economic Assistance Hotline is available Monday-Friday from 8 am to 4 pm831-796-1909.Montage Health Virtual Care Option. Free to all community members experiencing mild respiratory symptoms including coronavirus/COVID-19. 831-622-8001Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System Coronavirus Hotline.831-755-0793. The hotline is staffed with registered nurses and is available from 7:00am to 11:00pm, 7 days a week. 
Essential Businesses: The County has published a list of business types that may remain open and those which should close during the SIP Order.  Essential businesses include a variety of services for home repair and maintenance, including landscaping. Golf courses are closed as directed by the State’s Stay-at-Home (SAH) Order.House cleaning services, for the purposes of disinfecting, continue to be allowable so long as appropriate social distancing practices are followed.  
Property Taxes: The Treasurer Tax Collector has issued a statement with important information regarding Property Taxes. Unfortunately, the authority to delay tax payments does not reside at the County level. 
Parks: County-owned park facilities, except for Laguna Seca, are open at this time.  This includes Jacks Peak, Royal Oaks, Manzanita, Toro, San Lorenzo, San Antonio (both shores) and Nacimiento.  There may be certain amenities within each park that may be closed, including play structures.
Libraries: While our physical libraries are closed to the public, the County is providing all online services.  Anyone who doesn’t have a library card can apply online and a card will be mailed to use for all online services.  We expect “Library By Mail” to continue operating as long as the library items are safely processed and returned. 
Businesses and Restaurants Open for Delivery or Take-Away: A variety of groups and individuals are publishing lists of businesses and restaurants offering drive-up or delivery services including:Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau – Travel UpdatesMonterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce – Who’s Open Daily UpdatePacific Grove Chamber of Commerce Open RestaurantsCommunity member developed resource – Aid Monterey
We have received a number of requests for the County to require stores to provide “Senior Hours” or limit the number products any one person can purchase at a time. Unfortunately, these are not actions we can take under the existing SIP Order.  That being said, I am happy to share that a number of businesses have stepped up and implemented these strategies on their own accord. Click here for resources provided by State Senator Anna Caballero’s office. 
Utilities: The CPUC has directed that utilities can NOT shut off services due to non-payment during the current COVID-19 crisis. From PG&E: If a customer is experiencing financial hardships and has trouble paying their bill due to the economic impact of COVID-19, please call PG&E at 1-800-743-5000. For additional ways PG&E is supporting customers during the COVID-19 public health crisis, go to www.pge.com/covid19. From California American Water: To protect employees and customers, California American Water customer payment centers will be closed from Monday, March 16, until at least Monday, May 3. Customers may visit the website www.californiaamwater.com to view bills and pay online or may also pay by mail, by phone at 888-237-1333 or visit local third-party payment centers.
Educational Resources: The Monterey Bay Economic Partnership (MBEP) offers FREE online college and career readiness resources for educators and students through its Monterey Bay Career Connect.
Pebble Beach Access: On March 25th, Pebble Beach Company closed tourist related access  into the Del Monte Forest to support social distancing directives. 1200 Aguajito Road, Suite 1, Monterey, CA 93940 | (831) 647-7755 | district5@co.monterey.ca.us
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USFS closes all developed recreation sites in CA

Forest Service closes developed recreation sites throughout California until April 30

GOLETA, Calif. – USDA Forest Service appreciates the public’s interest in outdoor recreation, particularly in light of current events. The Pacific Southwest Region of the Forest Service, in response to the recent statewide shelter-in-place order issued by the Governor of California, is joining the cause to aggressively mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by closing developed recreation facilities on our National Forests statewide.

“Developed recreation sites” refers to designated recreational use areas designed to facilitate public use. Information on individual recreation sites and opportunities are available from local National Forests.

Closures of developed recreation facilities are being put in place until at least April 30th in an attempt to avoid groups of people and promote social distancing of staying more than six feet apart.

While designated recreation sites will be closed, the general Forest area including the extensive trail system will remain open and available to the public. Hiking and walking outdoors are widely considered beneficial to maintaining one’s health. It is the intent of USDA Forest Service to maintain trail access to the extent practicable.

Please keep health, safety and the environment in mind when visiting National Forests. Your personal responsibility is critical to ensuring public safety and preventing further restrictions. We ask that you consider whether your personal participation in outdoor recreation at this time would pose an unnecessary risk to others as we all work together to flatten the curve and slow the spread of COVID-19.

We appreciate your cooperation in keeping our National Forests safe and healthy for everyone’s use.

Instacart shopping

This is hard to read, unfortunately, as it is not aligned properly, but that is how I received it. If you read “between the lines,” just under the red NOTE:, the steps are given to sign up for curbside or home delivery of groceries from the stores in the blue box at the right. Website: Http://www.instacart.com

First, note they want you to enter your zip code and of course, there are no participating stores in this area. I tend to shop at the Albertson’s in Morro Bay, so I put in the zip code for Morro Bay. Turns out they only deliver to some areas of Morro Bay, so I picked a street I knew not too far from Albertson’s, then made up a likely house number, and voila, they deliver there. Of course, I will be requesting curbside delivery for a date and time specific. Don’t know how this will work, and it will be a week before I do it and can report back. If you live in town, you might have an easier time of it.

In addition to these listed stores, Wal-mart, Target, Grovemarketdelivery in Pacific Grove (I think) and Bruno’s in Carmel also have the service. Go directly to their websites.

BIG SUR & COVID-19 REPORT

Big Sur Chamber of Commerce, Big Sur Health Center, Esalen Institute Community Liaison, Big Sur Fire, Big Sur CERT, Monterey County Sheriff and the Community Association of Big Sur met today to continue coordinated efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Each organization provided an update on their current operations and preparations for continuing to shelter at home.
 
It is important to note that as of this moment, there are no known cases of COVID-19 in the Big Sur planning area.
 
Big Sur Health Center:
Sharen Carey reports the Health Center has rescheduled regular non-essential exams and is conducting more telephone medicine.  There is a triage tent set up in the front parking lot for people with potentially contagious illness. Staff are equipped with the necessary PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) to safely see patients. The Health Center requests that if you are sick for any reason, please call ahead to see if a visit or a telephone call is needed. Patients with symptoms of COVID-19 will be assessed and testing will be arranged if appropriate, then sent home for quarantine until results are available or routed to CHOMP if necessary. So far, there have been no known cases of COVID-19 in the Big Sur area.
 
Big Sur Fire:
Matt Harris reports that 20 members of Big Sur Fire are currently operational and equipped with PPE needed to continue their first responder mission. The Fire Station at Post Ranch is in lock down with access limited to all but key personnel. Many of the volunteers are now unemployed, creating financial uncertainty.  Matt is asking the community to consider hiring members of Big Sur Fire for property maintenance and fire clearance projects.
 
Big Sur CERT
Hal Latta and Dick Ravich report that a resident survey has been sent out to the CERT Team leaders responsible for each of 7 enclaves that CERT has a presence. The survey is intended to establish the segment of Big Sur’s population that is sheltering at home.
 
Monterey County Sheriff:
Jesse Villasenor reports that all Deputy’s are equipped with PPE and the SO is operating and responding normally (24/7, 365). Recent calls involve burglary of unattended parked cars. Notably, all Law Enforcement agencies continue with active mutual aid including officers from the Fish and Wildlife Service, State Parks, US Forest Service and California Highway Patrol.
 
Big Sur Chamber of Commerce:
Kirk Gafill, Rick Aldinger and Diana Ballantyne report that business activity has slowed appreciably. A list of businesses, from north to south and their current status, hours of operation and telephone contact information may be downloaded HERE. (PDF, 2 Pages, 92.8 KB) Top of mind for all of the businesses is the continued good health and safety of employees sheltering on property as well as those employees sheltering at home.
 
Esalen Institute:
Lacy Shannon reports the property is closed at least until April 12th with that date to be re-evaluated at the end of March. Esalen admin. is supporting out of work staff in helping them to secure unemployment benefits, as needed. A current challenge is maintaining a ‘shelter in place’ status while at the same time supporting off property employees who regularly rely on services like laundry facilities, mail deliveries and meals. Some employees are working from home and those sheltering on property are fulfilling their job duties, and, in some cases, have adapted job functions to maintain employment and income.
 
Community Association of Big Sur:
Butch Kronlund reports his appreciation for those organizations above answering the call to coordinate efforts during this rare moment in modern human history.  As needs emerge, CABS intention is to utilize all of the combined ingenuity and resourcefulness of its Board of Directors and many Associate members in support of the Big Sur community.