The State of California is continuing its incentive program to get as many people as possible vaccinated for Covid-19. On July 1, 2021, all Californians over age 18 who have received the vaccine will be entered into a drawing to receive one of six dream vacations (including hotels, food, and entertainment for up to four people plus $2000 for expenses). Read details here.
The Covid-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program for Monterey County has reopened with more funding. Monterey residents who need help paying rent due to economic hardship caused by the pandemic can call United Way by dialing 211, or learn more about eligibility and apply online .
By now, all of you have probably heard that California reopened on June 15. You may be asking: what does that mean?
It means that most, but not all, Covid-19 related public health orders have been lifted for all the lucky people who've been vaccinated. For people who haven't been vaccinated, the new rules are somewhat relaxed, but remain similar to what they were before.
As of June 15, businesses in Monterey's Lighthouse District no longer have any capacity limits and most are not required to enforce masking and social distancing for anyone who's been vaccinated, Keep in mind that they can still request that everyone wear a mask while on their premises.
If a business is still requiring everyone to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status, they surely have a good reason for doing so. Please remember that each small business is run by someone who has a family and is dealing with challenges that you can't see. While we're all thrilled to be starting the return to normal, the reality is that for people operating shops, restaurants, and services, things are still a long way from normal. 2021 is going to be a year of transition.
Please help us this year by being your most compassionate and understanding self. If wearing a mask is not something you're willing to do, just take your money to another business until their rules change.
If you're vaccinated but still want to continue to wear a mask, you're welcome to do that regardless of what other people are doing around you.
What if you want to get vaccinated for Covid-19? Now is a great time to get vaccinated - there are many free vaccine appointments available in Monterey County . Increased vaccination rates protect your physical health as well as our economic health. We simply do not want to return to shutdowns and curfews. Vaccines are the most important tool we have to return California to a vibrant, growing, and healthy economy. Anda!
Every Saturday morning at 8:45am, Epicenter Cycling invites you to join a mountain bike workshop and guided ride at Fort Ord led by Angie Scarlett. We'll focus on a new fundamental skill each week plus teach you bike maintenance along with fitness and nutrition tips.
All are welcome! Reservations are required - fee is $15 per person. Please register and learn more about our workshops on Eventbrite .