Changes to Admission Policies at Monterey Bay Aquarium, January 2022

At this time, in order to be admitted to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, all visitors ages 12 and over must present either proof of full vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test result (either rapid antigen or PCR test).

Please note that, beginning January 10, those Covid-19 tests will need to be taken within 24 hours of your visit. Results from at-home tests will not be accepted. Find information on Covid testing sites in Monterey County here .

California State Mask Mandate Extended to February 15

The State of California has extended its indoor mask mandate through at least February 15. This is in light of the fact that California’s 7-day average of daily new Covid-19 cases almost doubled between Dec 31 and Jan 5. In other words: the omicron variant is here and it is very busy.

Please wear a high-quality mask over your nose and mouth and stay safe, everyone. You can find information on where to get Covid vaccines and boosters in Monterey County here .

All our Lighthouse District businesses remain open, and many offer options for people wishing to be more cautious, including take-out service from restaurants and curbside pick-up and shipping from many retail shops.

A special thanks from all of us to all of you - our valued customers and friends - for continuing to support our local, family-owned businesses!

California State Indoor Mask Mandate Begins December 15

We have a new indoor mask mandate in California which began Wednesday, December 15. But while we'll all be wearing our face masks in Monterey's Lighthouse District, we'll still be bringing our hometown-style cheer to the holidays!

Visit us and wear your face mask over your nose AND your mouth, lovelies. We look forward to seeing your beautiful eyes.

Monterey County Mask Mandate Begins November 5

Throughout Monterey County, face masks are required to be worn indoors in public spaces as of Friday, November 5. This is because Monterey County reached the "substantial" community transmission level of Covid-19 according to the CDC. For details, please read this short article in Monterey County Weekly by Pam Marino.

There are some exceptions to the mask mandate, all covered in the article . These exceptions include indoor dining and situations in which a mask would "impede a medical or cosmetic procedure."

We thank you for your patience, your compassion in these unusual times, and your continued support of the Lighthouse District's small, locally-owned businesses.

2021 Children's Trick-or-Treat on Lighthouse Is CANCELLED

Because of continuing concerns about Covid-19, Lighthouse Avenue businesses in Monterey will not be hosting our regular community trick-or-treat in 2021.

We wish all of you a happy Halloween this fall and we look forward to welcoming you back for sweet and ridiculous family fun with us in October 2022.

New Covid Policy at Monterey Bay Aquarium, November 1

Beginning on November 1, Monterey Bay Aquarium will require all visitors age 12 and older to provide proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of their scheduled visit. View a full list of Covid testing sites in Monterey County here.

Staff, volunteers, and guests ages three and older are still required to wear a mask when inside at the Aquarium. Timed tickets remain available for purchase exclusively through the Aquarium's website .

Monterey County Health Dept. Recommends Masks Indoors

On July 19, Monterey County Health Department issued a new announcement:

"With cases of COVID-19 rising locally and increased reports of the very infectious Delta variant, the Counties of Monterey, Napa, San Benito, and Santa Cruz recommend that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks indoors in public places. Out of an abundance of caution, people are recommended to wear masks indoors in places like grocery or retail stores, theaters, and family entertainment centers, even if they are fully vaccinated.

"Businesses are urged to adopt universal masking requirements for customers entering indoor areas of their businesses to provide better protection to their employees and customers. This will also make it easier for businesses to be sure unvaccinated people are masked."

The Health Department also reminds us that fully vaccinated people are well-protected from infections and serious illness due to Covid-19 (including the Delta variant). Vaccinating as many people as possible continues to be our best defense! To find a vaccination site near you, please visit or call 2-1-1.

More Prizes Available for Getting Vaccinated for Covid-19

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.

Want to find out where to get a free Covid-19 vaccine? Find a location here.

California Reopened on June 15...What Does It Mean on Lighthouse Ave?

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!

Mountain Bike Workshop and Guided Ride Sponsored by Epicenter Cycling

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 .

Vintage Men's T-Shirts at Fashion Trade Boutique

Are you looking for a gift for Dad for Father's Day? Stop by Fashion Trade Boutique, located at 554 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey. We carry a variety of retro and vintage t-shirts for men and women. (Including this lucky find...

Visit Alice's Dream at Escape Room 831

Monterey's locally-owned Escape Room 831 is now open at 599 Lighthouse Avenue and we have some wonderfully fun, creative rooms available for you!

Have you visited Alice's Dream? This beautifully decorated and challenging escape room, featuring murals by local artist Bryan Gage , immerses you in the magical world of Lewis Carroll's beloved character, Alice, and the many friends she meets during her adventures in Wonderland. Ready to sign up? Please visit our website. Reservations are required.

Get Your Diving Gear Serviced at Bamboo Reef

If Covid-19 has kept you out of the water for the past year, you're not alone, but remember that Scuba gear is life-saving equipment and it's important to get it serviced by a specialist every year whether it gets wet or not. Make sure things are in tip-top shape before your next dive!

Bamboo Reef Dive Shop, located at 614 Lighthouse Avenue, invites you to bring your gear into the shop or send it in by mail for servicing. Learn more about our gear service program here.

Exciting Changes at Monterey Bay Aquarium Cafe

Planning on grabbing a bite to eat when you visit Monterey Bay Aquarium? The Cafe located inside the Aquarium is open for dine-in meals 10am-4:30pm. Seating is available and has been reconfigured to maintain physical distancing.

Visiting guests will be able to place their order via their mobile device or our new kiosk touch screens and the entire process is cashless, making ordering your favorite meals and snacks even more convenient. View a sample cafe menu here.

OTIS Eyewear Sunglasses at On The Beach

On The Beach Surf Shop now has new OTIS sunglasses in stock. This eco-friendly eyewear uses scratch-resistant lenses made of mineral glass instead of plastic, and OTIS's line of eco-acetate frames are made from renewable resources. Visit us at 693 Lighthouse Avenue.

Locally Made Soap at Catalyst Consignment

Are you still washing your hands? Good. Do it in style with beautiful, all-natural artisan soaps handmade in Monterey by Eclipse Creations, now available at Catalyst Consignment.

Catalyst has a large selection of Eclipse Creation's scented soaps available; shop owner Cortina's two favorite scents so far are Lavender Sea Moss and Oatmeal, Milk, and Honey. Stop by 801 Lighthouse Avenue, Suite A and pick some up - your skin will thank you.

Jachs New York Menswear Now at Cypress Boutique

Cypress Boutique Monterey is happy to announce that we now carry men's clothing from Jachs NY. Come and check out our selection at 800 Lighthouse Avenue, Suite C.

From classic outerwear to everyday shirts, chinos, and sweaters, Jachs NY makes essentials for daily life and adventures.

Carpets and Floors Is Now Hiring

Carpets and Floors, Inc., a locally owned small business, is now seeking someone to work as a part time sales assistant in our showroom at 471 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey. You'll be greeting customers, helping salespeople with customers, and conducting...

Record Store Day at Recycled Records, June 12

Recycled Records at 604 Lighthouse Avenue is participating in Record Store Day on June 12 and July 17. On June 12, we'll have 30 special vinyl releases available that day only, plus a variety of albums dropping in the New Arrivals bin. We'll open at 10am - don't miss it!

Monterey Moves into the Yellow Tier

Monterey County moved into California’s Covid-19 Yellow Tier as of Wednesday, June 2. What that means is businesses, residents, and visitors, working in partnership with the City of Monterey, have demonstrated their commitment to safety and health protocols and all of us are benefiting from it. Thanks to all of you!

With Yellow Tier status:

**Restaurants can increase indoor seating up to 50% capacity

**Gyms and fitness studios can increase the number of people indoors up to 50% capacity

**Family entertainment centers can increase the number of people indoors up to 50% capacity

**Museums and the Aquarium can open for indoor visitors at 100% capacity

**Bars not serving meals can open indoors up to 25% capacity

**Wineries, breweries, and distilleries can increase the number of people indoors up to 50% capacity

Get Vaccinated for Covid-19 for a Chance to Win Cash

The State of California has started an incentive program to get as many people as possible vaccinated for Covid-19 by June 15. Californians who have received the vaccine are already entered for cash prizes, and those who haven't yet been vaccinated are encouraged to do so as soon as possible to become eligible for $50 gift cards and drawings for $50,000 (June 4 & 11) and $1.5 million (June 15). Find free vaccination locations here.

Mai Ryuno's Work Featured in Local Fashion Show

Mai Ryuno, artist and owner of Play Full Ground , was recently featured along with local artist Linda Lay in a virtual fashion show, now available for viewing on YouTube !

This fun, 27 minute show , organized by Monterey retail shop Slowfiber, features the creativity and skill of Monterey County residents who sewed, knitted, upcycled, and mended their own clothing and accessories to create some wonderfully artistic pieces in the past year. You can view more of Mai's recent work on Play Full Ground's YouTube Channel .