Brought to you by the Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau




Monterey County is in the orange tier of California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Additionally, California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has made modifications to gatherings, private events, meetings, receptions, conferences and indoor seated live events and performances. These updates will take effect April 15. The Governor has also announced his plans to fully reopen the state on June 15. This will be monumental in moving the needle towards recovery for our destination.
Here is a quick look at the upcoming timeline for groups, meetings, events and more:
Effective Immediately
Cultural ceremonies (increased capacity)
  • Can open indoors with modifications
  • Max 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer
Live Performance Events
  • Can open outdoors only with modifications
  • Max capacity 33%, including suites
  • Max capacity of 67% with negative test result or proof of full vaccination
  • Suite max capacity 25%
  • In-state attendees only
  • Advanced reservations only
  • Restricted concessions and dining
Effective April 15
Private Gatherings
  • Outdoor gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed
Meetings and Receptions
  • Outdoor gatherings are limited to 100 people
  • Capacity may increase to 300 if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination
  • Indoor activities are allowed if all guests are tested or show full proof of vaccination but capacity is limited to 150 people
Effective June 15 (Tentative)
  • End to capacity limits at restaurants, bars, indoor attractions and concert venues
  • Conventions will be allowed but until October 1, those with 5,000 or more participants require proof of vaccination or negative COVID test
  • International convention attendees will be allowed only if fully vaccinated
The State has no plans to require proof of vaccination for other activities, but could impose testing or vaccination rules at "large-scale, higher-risk events." The requirement to wear face coverings in public indoor spaces and in crowded outdoor situations will remain in place indefinitely.



Please remember that you are essential and your health matters. Continued testing is still encouraged to help stop the spread. Monterey County has several free testing sites.  The Monterey Regional Airport and the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce have partnered with Virus Geeks to offer the additional testing sites. No appointment necessary.


Monterey Regional Airport, 200 Fred Kane Drive, Monterey-Salinas Hwy
9am – 6pm, 7 days a week


Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, 353 Camino El Estero, Monterey
10am – 6pm, Monday thru Friday



A special time for family and friends is upon us once again.  Remember to follow the proper safety recommendations to ensure many more memories with loved ones to come. Please remember these guidelines as you plan your gatherings:
  • Small private gatherings are allowed outdoors and indoors with modifications
  • Masks and physical distancing required
  • No more than 3 separate households attend (including the host’s)
  • Gatherings should be 2 hours or less
  • Those with symptoms must not attend
  • Those at high risk of severe illness strongly encouraged not to attend
  • Singing, shouting, chanting, cheering, or exercising strongly discouraged outdoors and not permitted indoors
See guidance for gatherings and holidays.




Sustainable Marina-Monterey is hosting a volunteer trash clean-up day.  Supplies and hand sanitizer will be provided.  If you'd like to join, please register through the Blue Zones Project here.


Saturday, April 24, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Monterey Visitors Center
401 Camino El Estero, Monterey



As a native to Monterey County and third generation hospitality worker, I am proud to be in an industry that plays such a great role in the community.  The vision of the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau is to inspire the world to experience our extraordinary destination responsibly, and in a way that maximizes the benefits of tourism to our vast array of communities. 
Please feel free to contact me with any industry related questions or concerns: jkocher@seemonterey.com
We appreciate your partnership and support.  We couldn't do what we do without you. 
Stay well and take good care.


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