CENTRAL COAST, Calif. (KION) Both Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties have been approved to join San Benito County and move into the extension of Stage 2 of reopening.
That means the counties will be allowed to reopen dine-in restaurants, schools, barbershops and hair salons with modifications. Counties may still have more restrictive orders.
On Friday, the Monterey County Health Department issued a new Shelter in Place order to align with state guidelines and ease restrictions.
Santa Cruz County Health Officer Dr. Gail Newell announced Saturday that she issued an order implementing the newly allowed activities.
Places of worship and in-store retail was already allowed to reopen under Stage 2.
Businesses including nail salons, tattoo parlors, gyms, indoor museums, movie theaters, bars and more are still not allowed to reopen.
To move into the extension of Stage 2 in California's Resilience Roadmap, counties had to fill out an application showing that they meet certain criteria and show they are prepared for a potential rise in cases.
Read the attestations for both counties below.