Wednesday Updates 7/1/20
California State Parks is closing vehicular access to all state beaches in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties over the Fourth of July weekend (July 3-5). The vehicular closures mean that no parking facilities are available to the public and parking on roadways is prohibited. These beaches are though open to local residents that can walk or bike into these public outdoor spaces – provided that they practice physical distancing and abide by new visitor guidelines. Congregating is not allowed.
California Governor Gavin Newsom is today (July 1) directing counties that have been on the County Monitoring List for three consecutive days or more to close indoor operations for certain sectors. This includes dine-in restaurants, wineries, movie theaters and zoos. Guidance has been provided and applies for a minimum of three weeks and is subject to an extension. Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties are not on the monitoring list. Santa Clara County is on the list.
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY
In Santa Cruz County, they are reporting, as of July 1, 399 known cases of COVID-19. On June 30, they saw a daily increase of 19 cases. Fatalities remain at three. 250 people are known to have recovered from the coronavirus and a total of 46 have required hospitalization. 17,127 negative tests have been recorded.
The City of Santa Cruz’s mayor, Justin Cummings, is urging residents to remain cautious, limit gatherings and avoid crowds this weekend. The city says with beaches now open, thousands are expected to visit Santa Cruz for the Independence Day holiday. Face coverings are required for everyone, including any children over the age of 2 years old. Physical distancing of at least six feet is also strongly urged.
The City of Monterey will from today (July 1), enforce the mandatory wearing of face coverings in business districts both inside and outside, with a fine of $100 for the first violation. 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.
The city has also ordered a hard closure of beaches in Monterey. Del Monte, San Carlos, and McAbee beaches will be closed this Saturday and Sunday, July 4 and July 5. Ocean activities will be allowed, including swimming, kayaking and paddle boarding. Beach activities of any kind will be prohibited. 'No parking' will be posted on Del Monte Beach neighborhood streets, Monterey Bay Park Parking Lot, and Sand Dunes Drive near Monterey Tides Hotel. The Waterfront Lot will remain open including the area in front of and behind Dust Bowl Brewery.
Monterey County is currently reporting 1,691 confirmed cases of COVID-19. That’s an increase of 49 cases over a 24-hour period. Fatalities remain at 15. The number of people who have required hospitalization is 131. 1,059 have recovered from the coronavirus. 26,260 tests have been conducted.
The City of Monterey is offering retail and restaurant businesses an opportunity to expand outdoors. Businesses can apply for a no-charge temporary encroachment permit that would allow them to move their products and services onto the sidewalk in front of their business location, without impacting streets or parking stalls. The city hopes this will help local businesses severely impacted by the economic damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.