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Monterey County Sheriff's Office has issued an Evacuation Order for Tassajara Rd from the Zen Center to China Camp Campground in the Los Padres National Forest, includes tributary Forest Routes and the Tassajara Zen Center. 
An Evacuation Warning for Arroyo Seco Rd from Millers Ranch at the Carmel Valley Rd junction west to the Arroyo Seco Campground.
For more information view the evacuation map: https://bit.ly/3gFEpvw  



The Fire Danger rating for Pinnacles National Park has recently been upgraded to Very High. For visitors, this change means that the use of campfires, park-provided grills, and self-contained charcoal barbeques are now prohibited. Only self-contained gas stoves are still permitted for cooking within the park.
To further mitigate fire risk within the park, visitors should continue to avoid roadside parking and refrain from smoking on trails (smoking on trails is not permitted when the fire danger rating reaches High or above).
The hot, dry weather that causes an increase in fire danger also means that visitors should prepare for increased temperatures when recreating in the park. Bring plenty of water (at least 1 liter per person per hour of hiking), start early, and plan your route ahead of time via our park website, or speak in-person with park staff.
How do you plan ahead when visiting Pinnacles during fire season? Let us know in the comments below!
Current fire danger ratings, conditions, and site closures can be found via the following link:



The Governor has officially reopened California and the County of Monterey is following the guidelines put forth by the State.  Please note that the individual counties and businesses reserve the right to impose their own, more restrictive guidelines and the Governor will retain his emergency order authority in case there is a significant lapse in our progress.
Biggest changes
  • End to tiered-system
  • Social distancing no longer required
  • No capacity limits on businesses
  • State/County to follow CDC guidelines for mask wearing
Here is what you need to know:
  • California is ending its mask mandate June 15 to align with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    • In many cases, people who are fully vaccinated will not need to wear a mask indoors unless a business opts to require that customers mask up.
    • Unvaccinated people should continue to wear masks when using public transportation and indoors at places like restaurants, movie theaters and grocery stores
    • Additionally, Californians can continue to wear masks if they choose, especially around children and others who are vulnerable or not yet eligible for inoculation.
    • See here for other mask wearing exceptions and requirements
  • Do I need to prove I'm vaccinated to get into places? Businesses have a few different options when it comes to their customers:
    • Ask customers if they are fully vaccinated so they can go without masks, but no proof is needed. It is essentially an honor system that relies on customers self-attesting their vaccination status.
    • Ask customers to prove they are fully vaccinated so they can go without masks.
    • Require all customers to continue wearing masks regardless of whether or not they're vaccinated.
  • What does this mean for large-scale concerts and events?
    • California will require vaccine verification or negative COVID-19 test results for indoor events with more than 5,000 attendees, which the state considers "mega events."
    • It is recommended that organizers of outdoor events with more than 10,000 people require attendees to provide verification that they have been vaccinated or have tested negative for the coronavirus. Those who can't or don't provide the verification should be encouraged by organizers to wear masks, according to guidance from the state health department.
  • What does California reopening mean for travel?
    • Californians should follow CDC travel recommendations, which recommend that Americans delay travel until they are fully vaccinated
    • Domestic travel: People who are fully vaccinated can travel safely within the United States
    • International travel: Because the COVID-19 situation varies country to country, travelers need to keep a close eye on the coronavirus conditions at their destination before boarding a plane
CDC Travel Recommendations
  • If you travel in the United States, you do not need to get tested before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel
  • You need to pay close attention to the situation at your international destination before traveling outside the United States
  • You do NOT need to get tested before leaving the United States unless your destination requires it
  • You still need to show a negative test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding an international flight to the United States
  • You should still get tested 3-5 days after international travel
  • You do NOT need to self-quarantine after arriving in the United States



Pfeiffer Falls Trail in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park is now open to the public for the firs time in 13 years after being destroyed by the Basin Complex Fire in 2008. The Pfeiffer Falls Trail is a 0.75-mile trail segment that leads under the redwoods, down through a gorge to a 60-foot waterfall known as Pfeiffer Falls. Read more about planning your visit here



Many local hotels and restaurants are hiring and are looking for amazing people like you.  Check out a few below.  If you are an employer and would like to have your openings posted here, please contact our Director of Community Relations, Jeniffer Kocher at: jkocher@seemonterey.com.



Hyatt Regency has reimagined their restaurant and is looking for cooks, servers, greeters and more to add to their team! (Click here for more info.)


Sanctuary Beach Resort is looking for motivated, enthusiastic, and service oriented individuals to join their team and is holding a job fair on June 11, 2021. (Click here for more info.)


Enjoy your summer on the wharf!  Palucca Trattoria is looking to build their summer team.  High school and college students are encouraged to apply.  Interested? Text: (831) 970-5611.




To help propel more film business here, a new “sizzle reel” aimed at the film industry was just created.  The “Monterey County…You Won’t Believe Your Eyes” locations video can now be seen at FilmMonterey.org. The three minute, 22-second reel is a fast-paced, professionally done, visual showcase of the dramatic and diverse film locations available in all parts of the county.



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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