Monterey County Approves Fines for Face Covering Order Violations

Monterey County is joining with other local cities in approving fines for face covering violations. The Monterey County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an ordinance, effective immediately, allowing for fines for those disregarding the state face covering health order for all areas in unincorporated Monterey County.  Read more here.


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As we work towards recovering our tourism economy safely and responsibly, it is imperative that we set an example by being ambassadors of the community and destination. We play an instrumental role in abiding by the safety guidelines recommended from local, state and national health authorities; and in encouraging others to do so.
As an industry, we do not want to go backwards. We all stay open together or we all close together.  Now more than ever is the time to share with our guests both the county guidelines and what is available for them to safely enjoy our beautiful destination.
Face Coverings
  • California Department of Health recommends face covering to be worn at all times
  • As of July 1, 2020, the City of Monterey will be enforcing the mandatory wearing of face coverings in business districts both inside and outside, with a fine of $100 for the first violation
  • As of July 6, 2020 the City of Salinas will be enforcing the mandatory wearing of face coverings at all times throughout the City, with a fine of $100 for the first violation


Physical Distancing
  • Practice social distancing by staying at least 6 feet apart at all times. This includes time spent on trails, at parks and other outdoors spaces.
Stay Home
  • If you show signs of illness, stay home. Self-quarantine for at least two weeks if you have been in a high-risk area.



The MCCVB, the City and County of Monterey have created free artwork for you if your business needs signage to educate visitors on how to visit responsibly.  Please click on links below photos to download the files.




Restaurant State Protocols and Customer Service Training: Friday, July 17, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.
The Monterey County Hospitality Association (MCHA) is offering a free webinar training for all hospitality employees. Take the opportunity during the "roll back" of restaurant service to train your employees to deliver the Hospitality Protocols required by the state and county.  This Webinar trains employees to effectively implement safety protocols to protect guests, themselves and associates along with customer service training related to COVID-19.  Training materials will be provided as well as a certification opportunity.  Click here to register now.



Monterey County, California Welcomes Back Tourism June 12
Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau (Monterey County CVB) is thrilled to announce that its awe-inspiring California Central Coast destination will welcome the return of tourism on Friday, June 12 - responsibly.
Monterey, California Marks 250th Anniversary on June 3, 2020
The city of Monterey marked its 250th anniversary on June 3, 2020. While previously scheduled June events are currently on hold, the city’s historic buildings and iconic businesses are waiting to be explored by both those near and far when the time is right.
Click here for full press release.
Tourism Matters: Monterey County Reaches Record Tourism Spending in 2019
According to the annual travel impacts report conducted by Dean Runyan Associates on behalf of Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau (MCCVB), traveler spending totaled a record $3.24 billion in 2019, an increase of 3.3 percent from 2018.
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Monterey County Tourism Remains Focused on Recovery
MCHA, MPCC & MCCVB focus on Business and Marketing Recovery
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Monterey County Tourism Faces Devastating Impact
Short-term loss estimated to be $400 to $500 million in first 90 days of COVID-19 pandemic
Click here for full press release.
Monterey County Hospitality and Tourism Organizations Stand United
The blow to a critical industry is being monitored, mitigated and will be overcome
Click here for full press release.



The tourism landscape has vastly changed, but the need to preserve California has not. Visit California will continue to inspire safe and responsible tourism as counties across the state begin to reopen for leisure travel.  This means asking our visitors – including California residents – to respect our communities, our environment, and the fellow travelers and locals they meet along the way.

Visit California’s Responsible Travel Code will live on the new VisitCalifornia.com website as part of a Responsible Travel Hub. The hub will serve as a resource for travelers, demonstrating ways they can do their part to travel safely and responsibly, while also sharing what businesses and communities across the state are doing to ensure the safety of their guests.  Read more here.



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.