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Monterey Bay Aquarium is so excited to reopen and to welcome back visitors. . . unfortunately, that day won't come as soon as we had hoped. A new public health order effective July 8, 2020 requires indoor museums and zoos in Monterey County — including the Aquarium — to close for a minimum of three weeks. This means the Aquarium will not be reopening on July 13 and will not reopen until it is deemed safe by our county and state officials. Unfortunately, we have no further details we can share at this time.

We know you might be disappointed, and we are, too. But the safety of guests, staff, volunteers and animals remains our highest priority. We hope to sea you soon!

While we are closed to the public, we are still providing the highest level of care for our animals and living exhibits — and we need your help. Please make a donation or become a member today to sustain all that you love about the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

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Well, ladies and gentlemen, the coronavirus is messing with all of us in Monterey County. The news from the State Health Department has left many frustrated and dispirited.

But there is some light in the tunnel.

All restaurants on Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey continue to offer take-out, and many offer delivery and/or curbside pick-up. There is also some outdoor dining in the district, which will increase as restaurants receive permission from the City of Monterey to place tables on the sidewalks (with ADA compliance). (We're updating our Dining Guide...again.)

Retail shops are still open for business in the Lighthouse District, and while all offer in-store shopping, many also offer online shopping and/or curbside pickup and shipping. (They're all listed at our SIP Mall.)

You can look good and feel good, too, because hair salons, nail salons, tattoo parlors, and estheticians are back at work, all with lots of new protocols designed to help keep you (and them) safe. Fitness studios have carefully reopened, so you can work out in person or online and shed all that stress.

There are so many other kinds of businesses in the Lighthouse District - dentists, physical therapists, IT experts, realtors - and they're still busy helping people behind the scenes.

As much as we'd like it to be, this fight with the coronavirus is not over. We have to support our healthcare workers across the county by wearing masks in public and following best practices as outlined by the CDC and our County Health Department. That's the best way to thank our healthcare workers for their relentless work and sacrifices.

If you're financially able to do so, please continue to support small businesses in the Lighthouse District. The owners and employees are local residents working hard to do what they love and stay afloat in difficult times. Shop, dine, make an appointment - let's keep New Monterey's Lighthouse District the vibrant, quirky place we love and help these businesses live to fight another day.

July - Family and Senior Produce Distribution in Monterey

Posted on July 8th, 2020 by lighthouseave

The City of Monterey has partnered with Food Bank of Monterey County to help residents in need. Reservations are available for this month's Family and Senior Produce Distributions on July 13, 20, and 27, 10:30am-11pm at Dennis the Menace Parking Lot, 777 Pearl Street in Monterey.

Due to Covid-19, this is a no-contact drive-thru program and reservations are required. For more information and to register, please click here.

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PG&E's CARE Program Helps Customers Struggling Financially

Posted on July 8th, 2020 by lighthouseave

PG&E's California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) Program provides income-qualified households with discounts on their energy bills. It's been in place since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in March and served tens of thousands of customers so far.

Qualified customers can apply for CARE online. The process is easy and only takes about five minutes. Eligible customers will begin receiving the CARE program discount during their next billing cycle, and those who recently applied for unemployment benefits are likely now eligible.

Learn more about the CARE program here.

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The California State Health Officer orders that as of Wednesday, July 8, 2020, for at least three weeks:

The following sectors are ordered to close both indoor and outdoor operations and service:
Bars, breweries, pubs, and brewpubs, including bars located at permitted indoor and outdoor food facilities.

The following sectors are allowed to continue to operate with restrictions:

1) Dine-in restaurants must close indoor seating to customers. During this closure all dine-in restaurants may continue to utilize outdoor seating and must comply with the guidance for dine-in restaurants. Restaurants should continue to encourage takeout and delivery service whenever possible.

2) Wineries and tasting rooms must close indoor services to customers. During this closure all wineries and tasting rooms must comply with the guidance for restaurants, wineries, and bars.

3) Family entertainment centers and movie theaters must close indoor services and attractions to customers. Family entertainment centers may continue to provide outdoor services to customers and must comply with the guidance for movie theaters and family entertainment centers. Drive-in movie theaters may continue to operate and should follow additional applicable guidance for retailers of Drive-In Movie Theaters.

4) Indoor attractions at zoos and museums must close to visitors. Zoos and museums may continue to operate outdoor attractions and must follow the guidance for zoos, museums.

5) Cardrooms must close indoor services to customers and must follow the guidance for cardrooms.

Read the complete California State order here.

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Meet the owners of International Market and Deli, Gloria & Adil Altamimi, and their assistant, Robert. If you want to know why this little grocery and Mediterranean deli is such a warm, inviting space, look no further. Gloria and Adil offer extraordinary hospitality and customer service with a big-hearted community spirit that can't be beat.

The grocery store is small but mighty, offering a wide selection of food and essentials, including Halal meat and hard-to-find items from around the world. As for the deli...let us sing praises of their take-out falafel, shawarma, hummus, and baklava.

Gloria and Adil value the safety of their customers and are offering hand sanitizer and gloves to everyone who enters. They also offer curbside pick-up for everyone and local delivery to seniors, families with children, and those with disabilities.

International Market and Deli is located at 580 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey. Please protect Gloria, Adil,and Robert by wearing your face covering when you visit. Be local heroes just like they are!

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Today, we bring you a photo behind the scenes at American Burger, a family-run business that's been bringing food, fun, and smiles to New Monterey with their classic burgers since 2009.

American Burger is now open for take-out, delivery, and no-contact curbside pick-up at 738 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey. If you're stopping by the restaurant, be sure to wear a face mask like these heroes in the kitchen. (Go Team Lighthouse!)

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Good news for Play Full Ground and the #happymontereysardines project! "We recently received the award letter for a grant from the Monterey County Workforce Development Board. This is our very first business grant and we are super grateful for it," says artist and Play Full Ground owner Mai Ryuno.

With this grant, Mai will be able to equip herself with a better camera than her old iPhone, plus lighting and a tripod, and will start using her studio for the creation of fun videos and other creative activities to share with you on Instagram and YouTube.

It’s fun to play with new toys and create something new! You can follow the activities and adventures of Mai Ryuno and her Play Full Ground sardines on Instagram and YouTube as they explore creativity in uncertain times.

Through Play Full Ground, Mai Ryuno offers Creativity Based Learning Programs, customized workshops, seminars, and coaching for individuals and groups to enhance critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and collaboration skills in an encouraging and fun environment.

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Handmade Soap at Lilify

Posted on July 2nd, 2020 by Lilify

Something we're all doing a lot these days is washing our hands. Did you know that Lilify carries locally made soap at our shop at 281 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey? We have a variety of luxurious formulations, including lavender, rosemary and lime, lemon and poppy seed, and salt and star anise.

Our salt and star anise soap offers licorice and fennel abundance grounded by sea salt, combining the comfort of the ocean with a touch of spice. All of our soaps are made in small batches in Monterey by Connie Mardon.

Lilify's soaps are available in store and online, with the option of curbside pickup or shipping. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at 831-207-1380.

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Bamboo Reef Dive Shop has resumed small-sized classes for Open Water SCUBA as well as specialty classes. Some of our specialty classes and portions of the Open Water course are also available online.

With Covid-19 safety precautions in mind, we'll be minimizing the amount of time spent in-shop. Please call 415-362-6694 for more details or to sign up!

Bamboo Reef is located at 614 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

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City of Monterey: Emergency Face Mask Order

Posted on July 1st, 2020 by lighthouseave

As of July 1, the City is enforcing the mandatory wearing of face coverings in business districts, both inside and outside, with a fine of $100 for the first violation. All people over the age of 12 must wear a face covering.

“Our code enforcement officer has the authority to cite without warning anyone not wearing a face covering in our business areas,” said City Manager Hans Uslar. “People and businesses know by now that masks are required and we have to compel compliance to reduce the spread of the virus. Our educational approach has shown success, yet we need to do much better.”

Residents and visitors to the business districts are also required to maintain a six foot distance from others who are not members of the same household.

View the City of Monterey's press release here.

View the official emergency order here.

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City Manager Briefing to Monterey Residents and Businesses

Posted on June 30th, 2020 by lighthouseave

The City of Monterey invites residents and local businesses to join us for Monterey Mornings with the Manager on Thursday, July 2 at 9am, broadcast live on YouTube. Join City Manager Hans Uslar for an update on Covid-19 in Monterey as well as a discussion of programs, projects, and policies affecting the City of Monterey.

You can submit your questions via e-mail or ask live on YouTube. Can't make it at 9am on Thursday? The presentation will be available on demand on the City's YouTube channel following the event.

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Lighthouse District SIP Mall...Updated!

Posted on June 25th, 2020 by lighthouseave

Retail in Monterey's Lighthouse District is now open for in-store visitors, but there continue to be additional shopping options available during the pandemic. We invite you to check out our newly-updated SIP Mall!

All the stores listed in the SIP Mall offer shopping either online or over the phone plus no-contact curbside pick-up, delivery, and/or shipping. And now we feature even more retailers. It’s shelter-in-place shopping with all the local stores you love!

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What are your rights as a tenant or property owner under Monterey County’s Eviction Moratorium? ECHO Housing is offering free weekly webinars that will walk you through local and state protections, resources for tenants and property owners, and more.

The next live webinar is scheduled on Thursday, July 2, at 5:30pm. Advance registration required. Please sign up online here.

ECHO Housing is a HUD-approved housing counseling agency. ECHO's goal is to promote equal access in housing and provide support services which aid in the prevention of homelessness and promote permanent housing conditions. Learn more about ECHO's events and services on their website.

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Oya Salon Welcomes Marissa Olivo

Posted on June 25th, 2020 by Oya Salon

Oya Salon welcomes Marissa Olivo to the Oya team. She recently moved to California's Central Coast after seven years as a colorist at a high end salon in Downtown Seattle. She loves to make hair feel lived-in and true to you.

Marissa is now booking appointments for balayage, foil, all over colors, and Keratin treatments - please phone Oya at 831-656-0570. We are located at 201 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey.

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July 4th Sale at Mattress Nation

Posted on June 25th, 2020 by Mattress Nation

The July 4th sale at Mattress Nation has already begun! Save up to $800 on select Stearns & Foster adjustable mattress sets, up to $400 on Sealy hybrid adjustable mattress sets, and get $500 off Tempur-Pedic's Breeze mattress.

Visit us at 296 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey or schedule a video appointment on our website. Mattress Nation is locally owned and operated.

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Recently, Monterey County Health Department has lifted more business restrictions. We are happy to report that nail salons, tattoo parlors, fitness studios, skin care spas, wax bars, and massage therapy studios are now permitted to open for business.

As reopening a business with many new safety protocols during a pandemic can be challenging, we encourage you to contact your beauty or personal care provider to see when they're reopening and make your appointment.

And remember: when visiting the Lighthouse District, please maintain physical distancing and wear a face mask. (Be a hero!)

The Monterey Bay Aquarium will be reopening on Monday, July 13, 2020. Tickets go on sale July 1. Get ready to fall in love all over again with favorite places like the Open Sea and Kelp Forest — you won't believe how much the kelp has grown!

We've also made some changes to help keep everyone safe and healthy while you have an awesome day at the Aquarium. Here's what to expect:

Choose your date and time
To limit the number of people inside the Aquarium, both Aquarium members and the general public need to reserve tickets on our website for a specific date and entry time. Tickets will not be available at the Main Entrance.

Wear a face covering
All guests must wear a face covering that covers their mouth and nose. (We've got otterly amazing masks available for purchase if you need one.) Children ages two and under and those with a medical condition that prevents them from doing so are exempt.

Stay 6 feet away
You must stay at least six feet away from other guests in other parties and Aquarium staff at all times. We're limiting total capacity to help guests keep their distance.

Keep your hands clean
We’ve installed additional sanitizing stations throughout the Aquarium so you can lather as often as you like.

Go with the flow
Everyone will move through the Aquarium in one direction. We'll be putting some of our play areas, feedings, touch pools, and auditorium programs "on paws" (get it?) for now. You'll still be able to enjoy our animals and exhibits — including the amazing views and fresh air from our oceanfront decks.

On behalf of all your old friends — the octopus, sea otters, penguins and more — we can't wait to sea you soon! View more information here.

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