The safety and well-being of our community is of utmost importance to us.  In an effort to provide a centralized location for resources and updates, we have compiled the following:

Evacuation Assistance for those impacted by the Dolan Fire: 

The FEMA center at the Monterey Conference Center is now closed. An Evacuation Center is available at the King City High School Gym, located at 720 Broadway Street in King City. The center will be open from 8 am to 8 pm daily until no longer needed. Residents in need of information, disaster application assistance, emergency housing and RV vouchers are welcome to drop in at the center or can call for assistance at 831-385-5461, dial ‘O’ then extension 1302.

If there is an after hour need for evacuee hotel placement, please call at 831-385-3677. 

If you need assistance with pets or large animals during evacuation, call the SPCA for Monterey County at 831-373-2631.

If you were impacted by the wildfires in Butte, Lake, Monterey, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo counties, you may be eligible for FEMA assistance. Click here for more information.  Deadline to apply is October 21, 2020.

Lists of Lodging Information for Tri-County Evacuees and Emergency Personnel



Not too long ago, Monterey County was ravaged by three large fires.  Thankfully, two have been 100% contained and all evacuation warnings and orders have been lifted for those areas.  The Dolan Fire is still active and fire crews and emergency personnel are working around the clock to keep things from escalating.

Thank you to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca for providing the first emergency center during the outbreak of the Carmel and River Fires; and thank you to Cal-Fire for their relentless work in keeping us safe.  



Thank you to all the volunteers at All In Monterey County for continuing to provide valuable resources for our hospitality community.  

As an association and industry, we have embraced many local programs in support of our employees that have been furloughed, laid off or recently evacuated.  One program that has served our industry directly is All in Monterey County.  Over the past several months, "All-In" has continued to offer food, clothing, and toiletries to hospitality employees in need the All-In Giving Market.

The market is open every Wednesday from 3pm - 6pm at Seaside High School. Many of our member hotels and vendors have provided food and volunteer hours to assist. 




Big Sur is a magical place for all.  It personifies the essence of the Central Coast and is truly the greatest meeting of land and sea.  But did you know that most of Big Sur is private land?  On August 7th, Los Padres National Forest Monterey Ranger District released a COVID-19 Emergency Road Closure Order. Before setting up camp, please be sure you are on public land and have made the proper reservations and have obtained the proper permits where appropriate.  Fines for illegal campsites and fires are upwards to $5,000.  Please do your part to protect Monterey County's majestic outdoors. 

Note: Highway 1 is closed from approximately 3 miles north of Gorda to Slates Hot Springs, near Esalen Institute.  Businesses are sill open up to and including Nepenthe. Please help support local small business.




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.

Jurisdiction Enforcement Orders




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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July 2020

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