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Support for local business increases as Monterey County remains in purple tier

Pacific Grove Outdoor Dining
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MONTEREY COUNTY, Calif. (KION) Indoor operations at many business will remain shuttered after Monterey County's request to move to the next reopening stage was denied by the state.

Monterey County remains in California's most restrictive "purple tier," forcing restaurants to continue only serving customers outdoors.

"We got more heaters for the outdoor area," said Monarch Pub and Restaurant waitress, Amy Arata.

Arata said the community continues to show up, but uncertainty does come when thinking about the chilly nights ahead. "We're all a little bit wary of how that'll go as it gets colder and colder," said Arata.

Neighboring restaurants are on the same page.

Toasties Cafe was lucky enough to bring back all their staff since the pandemic hit. "We're fortunate because we close at 3 p.m. We do breakfast and lunch. We'll see how it goes and do what we can," said Toasties Cafe owner, Tim Feeney.

The Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce is doing what they can to help give restaurants the boost they need to get through the typically slower off-season. "It's one of the bigger programs of this type that we've ever done," said Peter Mounteer with the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce.

Starting November 15, the chamber will send over 9,000 vouchers to homes and hotels. They are good for $10 off any meal at one of 30 Pacific Grove restaurants.

"They've been hurting especially hard with all of the restrictions during the pandemic. We want to make sure that those restaurants and those members, that have been there for us, that we're there for them," said Mounteer.

The chamber is funding the entire campaign. They've invested around $20,000 to make it happen.

Restaurants tell KION they will continue to stay positive and hope restrictions will loosen down the line. "A lot of people really seem to want to come out and dine. They're very appreciative that we're able to stay open and that we're able to offer services at this time. Just bring your mitts, scarves and nice warm jackets," said Arata.

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Megan Meier

Megan Meier is a multi-media journalist at KION News Channel 5/46.

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