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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


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.





  • Wear a mask indoors in public places (unless you're eating or drinking).

  • Wear a mask at all times on public transportation.

  • Wear a mask in indoor and outdoor crowded places such as concerts, parades, sporting events, fairs, etc.

If you can maintain physical distance from others, you may go unmasked outdoors. Read more here

Castroville Clinic May 2021




Cities are required to follow County and California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidelines. It is still imperative to understand the risks of COVID-19 and the precautions to take to prevent the spread of infection and the chance of variants taking hold and causing another surge of new cases. The cities of Carmel-by-the-Sea, Monterey and Pacific Grove have come together in support of a join-press release.  Read the release here.




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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