Old Monterey District Blog

The City of Monterey announced on Monday, April 6, 2020 that it strongly advises the public to use the Recreation Trail only when commuting to and from work. Over the past several weeks, congestion along certain segments of the trail because of recreational users has made it virtually impossible for cyclists and pedestrians to maintain a six-foot distance to stay in compliance with the CDC's coronavirus health guidelines.

“We know that social distancing works to flatten the curve and reduce the spread of COVID-19,” said City Manager Hans Uslar. "Our iconic Recreation Trail will be available for recreational use when the Stay at Home Order is over.”

During the Stay at Home Order, the City of Monterey encourages residents and the public to walk in their residential neighborhoods, especially in areas where a 6-foot physical distance can be maintained between people.

The City recognizes that the Recreation Trail is used by essential workers commuting to work, and asks that the public respect the advisory which allows the trail to be used by commuters as a critical bicycling and pedestrian thoroughfare between Downtown Old Monterey and New Monterey. On April 3, signs were installed along the Recreation Trail advising the public of its use for commuting purposes only at this time.

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Om Studios is now offering yoga, Pilates, and barre classes online, live-streaming your favorite Om Studios teachers! Join us daily on Instagram Live to continue your practice and connect to your community during the shelter-in-place order.

Since Om Studios' classes are being given free for now, we encourage you to support our studio and our teachers. Our studio is accepting donations on Venmo: om-studios and PayPal: [email protected]. Any help is appreciated so we can keep our business afloat and continue to offer classes. (You can also leave a comment with your payment if it's for a particular teacher.)

Please be sure you are following Om Studios on Instagram. And please visit our website and sign up for our e-newsletter to receive notification of the upcoming week's schedule.

Please note that all classes will be live, so there may be sound issues, slight time delays, and whatever else may happen when you attend live events. (That's part of the fun!) We are all in this together and we appreciate your support as we navigate this new way of practicing together.

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During Monterey County's shelter-in-place order, children 18 and younger can access food through a Monterey County school site - no questions asked. Here is a map of all the food distribution sites in Monterey County.

In the Monterey Peninsula Unifed School District, beginning March 30, 2020, the district will offer grab and go meals at 16 school sites, 10am-12pm, for students 18 and younger. The children do not need to be present - a parent or guardian can pick up the meals to take home to their kids.

Each meal will include lunch for the day and breakfast for the next day. Families can pick up meals at any location. Families will be asked to drive up, roll down their window and grab the meal. Families who need to walk up will be asked to observe social distancing protocols and line up at least 6 feet apart from others. Staff will hand the bagged meal from the top of the bag and families will be asked to grab the bag from the bottom of the bag to receive the meal.

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City of Monterey's Operation Outreach

Posted on April 4th, 2020 by omba

During Monterey County's shelter-in-place order, the City of Monterey is conducting Operation Outreach, supporting Monterey's most vulnerable population to reduce the feeling of isolation during the COVID-19 emergency closure of facilities.

Just phone 831-646-3933 - Monterey Recreation and Monterey Public Library staff will be available to chat with those feeling isolated. Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, and Saturday, 10am-6pm.

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Want to support small, locally-owned businesses? Buy a gift card...or two! As you probably know, small businesses in Old Monterey are really suffering during this coronavirus shutdown. Even in the best of times, running a small business is a challenge. The profit margins are small and the hours are long. Now restaurants are open only for take-out and delivery and retail stores and salons are closed entirely.

We've got to shelter-in-place to slow the Covid-19 pandemic. But if you're one of the lucky people whose bank account hasn't been destroyed by the events following the coronavirus outbreak, please consider supporting Old Monterey's temporarily shuttered businesses with the purchase of gift certificates you can use when they're able to re-open their doors. Look for the "Gift Certificates" button in each business profile.

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Don't see your favorite business listed in our Gift Card Directory? Contact them and ask. They'll be glad to hear from you.

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In light of the Covid-19 pandemic and Monterey County's shelter-in-place order, the City of Monterey has published a list of resources for employers and employees in English and in Spanish.

This includes information on and links to wage replacement government programs such as unemployment insurance, disability insurance, paid sick leave, and paid family leave.

It also includes a list of information on and links to layoff assistance, local food banks, ways for seniors to receive help getting food and/or medication, tax filing extensions, DMV deadline extensions, access to free internet service, cash assistance for service workers, cash assistance for alcohol industry workers, and free access to video communication for K-12 students.

Resources for local employers and employees in English.

Programas del gobierno para reemplazar sueldos en Español.

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Trader Joe's in Downtown Old Monterey has established exclusive shopping hours every day, 8am-9am, for local residents most vulnerable to the novel coronavirus such as senior citizens and those with compromised immune systems.

Trader Joe's asks all customers to respect these special hours and reserve this shopping time for those most at risk in our community. The store is located at 570 Munras Avenue.

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Treehouse Mortgage Group, located at 288 Pearl Street in Downtown Old Monterey, is open for business during the shelter-in-place order. Loan officer Emily Burton can work virtually for you and assist you with a refinance or purchase process. If you are looking to refinance, right now is a fantastic time.

Please contact Emily Burton directly via e-mail or over the phone, 831-251-6944. We wish health and safety for you and your loved ones during this challenging time.

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Homemade Granola at Paris Bakery

Posted on March 28th, 2020 by Paris Bakery

Did you know that Paris Bakery makes our own granola? Not too sweet, it's the perfect addition to your morning yogurt or oatmeal, and tasty served plain with a little milk!

Paris Bakery is open during the shelter-in-place order and still serving our delightful granola in addition to our mouth-watering breads, pastries, and breakfast and lunch items. We're located at 271 Bonifacio Place in Monterey. Call us for curbside pick-up or to have your take-out ready to go when you come in, 831-646-1620.

We're currently open six days a week, Wednesday - Monday, 7am-2pm. We're closed on Tuesday.

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Upcoming Monterey Blood Drives

Posted on March 27th, 2020 by omba

The American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during the coronavirus outbreak. Healthy individuals are needed to donate now to help patients counting on lifesaving blood.

Here's a list of local blood drives organized by CHOMP:

April 4, 10am-2:30pm
The Exchange, 4235 Gigling Road, Monterey

April 13, 1pm-5pm
Hartnell Professional Building, 576 Hartnell Street, Monterey

April 14, 11am-3pm
Hartnell Professional Building, 576 Hartnell Street, Monterey

May 21, 10am-3pm
Capital Insurance Group, 2300 Garden Road, Monterey

Please register in advance at Blood4Life.org.

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I Will Repair, located at 474 Tyler Street in Old Monterey, is OPEN during the Shelter in Place order. I have transitioned my business model to include service and support for those who are forced to work from home. This also allows me to continue helping my community with their tech problems.

My schedule is varied so I ask that you call ahead, 831-290-8180, before visiting the shop as I may be out doing pick-ups and drop-offs for those customers who prefer not to leave their homes. I am offering a 10% discount on your first repair or service with I Will Repair.

I also continue to perform my duties as a UPS Access Point to provide my community with a safe and secure location where their packages will be held for up to 8 days. I look forward to helping where I can in these troubled times.

Steve Willey
Owner, I Will Repair, Monterey

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Union Yoga Now Offers Streaming Classes on Zoom

Posted on March 27th, 2020 by UnionYoga

Union Yoga is now offering daily streaming classes on Zoom! When you look at the schedule on our website, you'll find a sweet surprise. No longer are we bound by our teachers' proximity to the studio - both Annie Petersen and Jenn DiMeiro will be rejoining the studio staff! We have missed them SO much.

All classes will be offered via Zoom. To take a class, you must register at least one hour in advance of the start time on our website. This allows us to send everyone the Zoom link that is unique to your class. View our current rates here.

To join a class, you'll need to download the Zoom app onto your device. (You do not need to sign up for an account to attend a class, you just need the app.) Your current class package or Union Yoga Membership will apply. You will need to purchase your class before you sign up.

Approximately 45 minutes before the start of class, you will receive an email from FitGrid which will include the Zoom link. Your teacher may also add extra instructions. Please confirm that your email address in your MindBody/Union Yoga account is correct and you're o.k. to receive communications or you will not receive the class link. (If you do not receive the link, check your junk mail folder.)

Log in a few minutes before class and the teacher will start the session, linking everyone to the class. Keep in mind that the teacher has invited you into his/her home to practice and to have fun as a group. Please dress appropriately for a group class or keep your camera off. Dogs and cats are welcome to join!

Additional classes will be added in the coming days. As always, the class schedule is posted on Instagram Story each evening. If you have kids, Marybeth is teaching a Kids yoga class every weekday morning - find her on Instagram at @maybemurray.

We will also continue offering occasional Instagram Live classes. Vimeo meditation, flow, yin and therapeutics, trauma and addiction recovery focused classes will be arriving soon and available for members to access on demand.

This is, of course, a time where we really are forced to be with the present moment. What will get us through this is a practice of wellness and an intention to stay clear, agile, and kind.

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You can't go to the gym, but you can exercise your MIND! Sovino Wine Bar's Trivia Night will continue remotely every Monday at 7pm during the shelter-in-place order. Trivia will be held via Zoom and Classmarker.com. To play, please visit our website and purchase "Trivia" to receive the necessary links. For the March 30th game, the $10 fee will be waived when you make a Sovino purchase. Please pay in advance and join in the fun!

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Downtown Old Monterey Shelter-in-Place Dining Guide

Posted on March 25th, 2020 by omba

Just because there's a pandemic happening doesn't mean you can't eat well. Many of Downtown Old Monterey's restaurants are open exclusively for take-out and delivery orders. To help you find which restaurants are still running, we've set up the Old Monterey Shelter-in-Place Dining Guide, which lists restaurants offering pick-up or delivery during Monterey County's shelter-in-place order.

At our Dining Guide, you'll also find operating hours, menus, contact information, and links to delivery services. Please note that most restaurants are open limited hours and those may change without notice.

Please remember to respect the safety of everyone who's working in Old Monterey to allow you to Shelter in Style. Follow the directions of the restaurant crews on how to pay and get your food. Maintain the recommended six feet of distance from them and other customers at all times, and if you are sick absolutely do not leave your home. (Many delivery services now offer no-contact home delivery, which is great if you're not feeling well.)

Thank you for your understanding. Please stay healthy, support local businesses if you can, and enjoy some of Old Monterey's amazing food, perfect for lifting your spirits.

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Work Horse Bicycles, located at 486 Washington Street in Downtown Old Monterey, is now open and doing our best to help you with essential repairs and sales you may need for your bike during Monterey County's shelter-in-place order.

We are now offering bike service and sales by appointment only. Please call us at 831-375-2144 so we can do our best to support you and keep personal contact to a minimum. We can also handle orders over the phone for everyone's convenience.

Our current operating hours are Monday-Friday, 1pm-6pm. We are closed Saturday and Sunday.

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Are your kids housebound? Code Ninjas Monterey will keep them engaged, coding, and having fun through our at-home livestream coding sessions! Your kids will complete fun activities that put their ninja coding skills to the test and show off what they’ve learned by building video games kids love.

Our livestream coding sessions encourage productive and creative screen time, boost problem solving and critical thinking skills, and allow your children to receive ongoing support and guidance from our instructors.

Monthly enrollment for Code Ninjas' at-home coding is $249. All enrolled families will receive two free one-hour online coding sessions per week until April 6, 2020.

Also, childcare is available daily for all members and the community. Seating is limited - if you're interested, please call us at 831-200-3924. We have been given permission to operate during the shelter-in-place order and are following guidelines set by the Monterey County Health Department.

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At Pacific Bowls and Rolls, we appreciate the work of essential service providers - everyone from the police and health care workers to our local grocers! During the Monterey County shelter-in-place order, we're offering all essential service providers a deal of "buy one get one 50% off" for our poke bowls or sushi rolls.

Just get your team together, phone in your order to 831-583-8433, and let us know whether you prefer pick-up or delivery. View our menu here. Pacific Bowls and Rolls is located at 475 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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In Downtown Old Monterey, a number of restaurants are switching from being dine-in restaurants to take-out and food delivery services. After being quarantined, you're probably starting to yearn for a taste of your former life, but you may hesitate because you're not sure if it's safe to do so.

Is it safe to eat take-out food during the Covid-19 pandemic?

While it's up to you to make the final call on this, we quote some reputable sources in saying that take-out food and food delivery is safe to consume. The Covid-19 virus is a respiratory virus that's predominantly transmitted through inhaling respiratory droplets emitted by infected individuals. The chance of transmission through food is unlikely and there have been no known incidences of Covid-19 transmission from eating food. There have also been no known incidences of SARS (close cousin of Covid-19) transmission through food.

The food itself may be a low risk, but encountering other people on your way to receiving your food is not a low risk so please be mindful of how much distance you are giving other people including the people who are working to get you your orders. Remember, we're not just concerned for your safety, we're also concerned about ours as well. Please stay six feet away and absolutely do not leave your home if you are sick.


Though Old Capitol Books is closed, we still want to help in our community. That's why we're volunteering with the Monterey COVID-19 Mutual Aid Project in coordination with Direct Action Monterey Network. If you can volunteer to help deliver groceries to immunocompromised people, people with disabilities, or people with asthma, please sign up online. If you need help, please reach out.

There are so many ways to volunteer. If you can't leave your home, you can still volunteer to check in on people, lend board games, or talk to people on the phone who are experiencing fear and anxiety.

In this time we all need to be there for each other. Stay safe, stay healthy.

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