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Which businesses can stay open during the Shelter in Place? Monterey County has a list

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UPDATE: Thursday night, the City of Monterey announced they are closing "all courts, including basketball, tennis, and beach volleyball."

More details on what is opened and closed in the city can be found here.


To clarify any confusion about which businesses are considered essential and may stay open during the Shelter in Place order in effect, the Monterey County Health Department has released a list of essential businesses.

The following businesses may remain open in Monterey County:

  • Agriculture and related businesses and industries
  • Airlines
  • Alarm and security companies
  • Animal boarding and pet supply
  • Auto repair, parts and service
  • Banks and financial services
  • Blood donation centers
  • Businesses that supply items required to work from home
  • Cannabis retailers
  • Cemeteries, funeral parlors and internment services
  • Childcare facilities with limitations
  • Community gardens
  • Construction, architecture and engineering services- all construction in progress and all work related to housing, care facilities and essential infrastructure may continue
  • Convenience stores
  • Distribution and delivery of essential consumer or business goods
  • Domestic violence shelters
  • Drug stores
  • Dry cleaners and laundromats
  • Electricians
  • Essential government services
  • Exterminators
  • Farmer's markets and produce stands
  • Food and goods delivery services
  • Food banks and other organizations that provide assistance to the disadvantaged
  • Food preparation facilities
  • Gas stations
  • Grocery stores
  • Hardware stores
  • Home-based care
  • Home repair and maintenance (plumbers, electricians, landscaping, pool service, repairs)
  • Homeless service providers and shelters
  • Hospitals, clinics and medical offices
  • Hotels and motels, bed and breakfasts (for travel related to essential business, not vacation or leisure activity)
  • Information technology support (providers, repair shops, etc.)
  • Liquor stores
  • Mailing and shipping services
  • Manufacturing of essential consumer and business goods
  • Media
  • Moving companies (to move individuals, families and belongings to new residence)
  • Online wholesale or retail sales
  • Pharmacies
  • Professional services (legal, insurance, title, accounting, mortgage brokers, payroll and others as needed to help with legally mandated or essential services)
  • Property management
  • Public transit, buses, ride-share, taxis, Uber, Lyft
  • Railroads
  • Ranching and related businesses and industries
  • Recyclers, including electronics recyclers
  • Re-entry or rehabilitation facilities
  • Residential or care facilities
  • Restaurants (see limited services list)
  • Schools- public and private (distance learning, administration and food only)
  • Solid waste facilities and haulers
  • Storage facilities
  • Trucking and moving services
  • Utility providers- water, power, gas, cable, internet and cell service
  • Veterinarians

The following businesses are allowed to open for limited service in Monterey County:

  • Restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries, creameries, smoothie bars, delis, etc. (serving food through drive-thru, delivery or pick-up)
  • Churches (counseling, providing relief and broadcasting religious services permitted, but no congregations of people)
  • Real estate sales and marketing (closings and telephonic activities permitted)
  • Tasting rooms, breweries and distilleries (production/bottling may continue, pick-up and delivery are permitted, no on-site consumption)
  • Schools- public and private (distance learning/online housing, administration and food only)
  • Wine tasting rooms for off-premises sales and club pick-up only
  • Bicycle repair shops (drop off/pick up only)

The following businesses are required to close their physical locations in Monterey County during the Shelter in Place:

  • Amphitheaters, concert halls, performing arts centers
  • Amusement arcades
  • Archery ranges, shooting ranges
  • Arenas
  • Art galleries
  • Athletic supply and sporting goods
  • Auto sales (in person)
  • Banquet halls
  • Barbers, hair salons, or nail salons
  • Bookstores
  • Botanical gardens
  • Bowling alleys
  • Car washes (full service)
  • Casinos and card rooms
  • Climbing gyms
  • Clothing stores
  • Craft sales
  • Dance halls/studios, dances
  • Day spas, massage parlors
  • Fairs, public exhibitions
  • Fitness centers, gyms, tennis clubs
  • Golf courses (full and miniature)
  • Gun Shops
  • Health clubs, yoga centers
  • Historical sites
  • Libraries
  • Model homes
  • Movie theaters, drive-in theaters
  • Museums
  • Music events or nightclubs
  • Pool and billiards lounges
  • Private social clubs
  • Public swimming pools
  • Raceways
  • Rodeos, public equestrian events
  • Roller skating rinks, roller derby
  • Second hand/thrift stores
  • Smoke and tobacco shops (that don’t sell cannabis)
  • Sports stadiums and facilities (all)
  • Swap meet/flea market
  • Tattoo and body piercing parlors
  • Trampoline and bounce houses
  • Water parks
  • Zoos
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Avery Johnson

Avery Johnson is the Digital Content Director at KION News Channel 5/46.


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