COVID-19 Business Resources in Monterey County, California

Community, Commercial and Business Insights

Community, Commercial and Business Insights

As you may already know, the City of Monterey and the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce are partners in the city’s “COVID-19 Business Action & Economic Recovery Team.” It was established early this week for success in two stages of the coronavirus threat: (1) response to the immediate threat, and (2) economic recovery when the threat diminishes.

(City Press Release: Combating COVID-19 Impacts to Local Economy - Chamber, Business Leaders Call for Community Leadership, Service, and Action!)

This morning, the Team coordinated a teleconference with business association executives and with top local leaders in finance, hospitality, retail, and banking. We are sharing with YOU what was discussed and decided.

Monterey County Covid-19 Update

CDC /OSHA Guidelines

As of April 30, 2020

In the United States, there have been 1,031,659 confirmed cases of COVID-19 detected through U.S. public health surveillance systems in 50 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Marianas Islands, and U.S. Virgin Islands.

CDC provides updated U.S. case information online daily.

Member Representation

The Chamber is here for you. If you would like to take part in a group PPE purchase or offer PPE suppliers such as handmade mask please contact the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce at: [email protected].

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City of Monterey

Operations remain fully functional, including the core functions of public safety: police, fire, public works, parks, and urban forestry. The Mayor and City Council are engaged and public meetings are held via teleconference. Many city employees are working successfully and productively from home.

Most City public facilities are closed and the City will issue refunds. City garages are free to use and there are no parking attendants.

County of Monterey

Chief Administrative Officer Charles McKee has been responding quickly to City concerns and communicates daily with the County’s city managers about appropriate public health response and proper legal interpretation of the Monterey County’s “Shelter-in-Place” Order.

The County of Monterey is especially focused on working with private organizations to serve segments of our population most vulnerable to the virus, including the homeless. It also seeks to be “resilient” and maintain an adequate supply of materials for public health purposes, including N-95 masks and sanitizer.

Commercial and Business Issues

The Monterey Conference Center remains “open” for bookings as a symbolic message to the public that the Monterey Peninsula intends to endure as a special place for meetings and visits. The Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau (MCCVB) reports that many events that were planned are postponed (not cancelled).

There is a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) on-line application for Coronavirus emergency loans. Also, business owners should fill out the County of Monterey Economic Impact Survey about their needs, to help make the county eligible for loans.

One major hospitality employer reports to continuing to pay management staff and offering loans to hourly employees. The company has found that banks and vendors are willing to defer payments at this time because of the crisis.

A bank manager reports they have implemented a mortgage payment relief plan for residences.

There are proposals for deferments on real estate taxes and other government payment obligations.

Various government authorities have implemented or are preparing to implement moratoriums on residential evictions, including the City of Monterey, the County of Monterey, and the State of California.

Numerous restaurants are offering take-out and/or delivery service. Grocery stores, pharmacies, and pet supply stores are open, with some of them establishing special shopping times for senior citizens, who are disproportionately vulnerable to the virus. Farmers’ markets plan to operate with social distancing restrictions and sales limited to pre-bagged produce.