Covid-19

Old Monterey Shelter in Place Update, July 8

Well, ladies and gentlemen, the coronavirus surely is messing with all of us in Monterey County. The news from the State Health Department has left many frustrated and dispirited.

But there is room for hope.

Outdoor dining is plentiful in Old Monterey, and will become more so as restaurants receive permission from the City of Monterey to place tables outdoors (with ADA compliance). All restaurants offer take-out, and many offer delivery and/or curbside pick-up, so you don't have to cook. ( We're updating our Dining Guide...again. )

Retail shops are still open for business in Old Monterey, and while all offer in-store shopping, many also offer online shopping and/or curbside pickup and shipping. ( They're all listed at our SIP Mall. )

You can look good and feel good, too, because hair salons, nail salons, estheticians, and massage therapists are back at work, all with lots of new protocols designed to help keep you (and them) safe. Fitness studios have carefully reopened, so you can practice yoga or pilates in person or online and work out all that stress.

There are so many other kinds of businesses in Old Monterey - banks and financial services, healthcare, law offices, real estate, computer repair - and they're still busy helping people behind the scenes.

As much as we'd like it to be, this fight with the coronavirus is not over. We have to support our healthcare workers across the county by wearing masks in public and following best practices as outlined by the CDC and our County Health Department. That's the best way to thank our healthcare workers for their relentless work and sacrifices.

If you're financially able to do so, please continue to support small businesses in Old Monterey. The owners and employees are local residents working hard to do what they love and stay afloat in difficult times. Shop, dine, make an appointment - let's keep Downtown Old Monterey the vibrant district we love and help these businesses live to fight another day.

California State Health Officer Order for Monterey County - July 8, 2020

This is an informal layperson's summary. Read the complete order here.

As of Wednesday, July 8, for at least 3 weeks:

1) Bars, breweries, pubs, and brewpubs (including bars located at indoor and outdoor food facilities) must close both indoor and outdoor operations.

2) Restaurants must close indoor seating to customers. All restaurants may continue to use outdoor seating and offer take-out and delivery.

3) Wineries and tasting rooms must close indoor services to customers.

4) Family entertainment centers and movie theaters must close indoor services and attractions to customers. They may continue to provide outdoor services.

5) Zoos and museums must close Indoor attractions to visitors, but they may continue to operate outdoor attractions.

6) Cardrooms must close indoor services to customers.

July Face Mask Special at Haute Beauty Guide

Throughout July, Haute Beauty Guide is offering a special: buy three cloth face masks and receive one free travel-size bottle of hand sanitizer. Visit our online store to view and purchase our face masks - new colors and styles are added every day. No code is necessary - the hand sanitizer will be automatically added to your shipment at checkout.

Dark Chocolate S'mores Ice Cream at Revival

Revival Ice Cream's newest limited edition flavor - Dark Choclate S'mores -will appear in store on July 9. It contains gooey marshmallow fluff (made in-house), rich dark organic chocolate from Theo's, and a sprinkle of speculoos (a Belgian spiced shortbread cookie). ⁠ Place your order online now or purchase some in our store at 463 Alvarado Street.

July Drink of the Month at Alta Bakery and Cafe

Alta Bakery and Cafe is happy to announce our July drink of the month! It's Honey Chamomile, featuring oat milk, garden chamomile, and honeycomb candy. Come and try it this month - we're located at 502 Munras Ave.

Father's Day Gift Baskets at Cafe Lumiere

Cafe Lumiere is now offering gift baskets just in time for Father's Day! We have a coffee gift basket, a tea gift basket, a DIY bread gift basket, and two different "breakfast in bed" baskets. Prices range $20-$50. Visit our website and look up "Gift Bags" for more details.

Sovino: Online Painting Class with Bunny Paivine, July 11

Sovino Wine Bar and Merchant is hosting an online painting class with local artist Bunny Paivine on Saturday, July 11, at 6pm. Learn how to paint this picture from the comfort of your own home! Fee is $30 per person and includes paint, supplies, and delivery - purchase your tickets here . Please buy your tickets by Thursday night to ensure delivery of supplies.

At Principal Beauty, Client Safety Is the Top Priority

At Principal Beauty, offering professional eyelash extensions, lash refills, and lash extension removal, owner Mariam Shatilova takes the safety of her clients seriously. At 479 Pacific Street, she's going above and beyond California state protocols - with fewer clients, more sanitizing procedures, and airing out the room between appointments

Life is not back to normal, but you can get your lashes back. To set up your appointment visit the Principal Beauty website or text 831-200-3237.

City of Monterey Emergency Face Covering Order

As of July 1, the City is enforcing the mandatory wearing of face coverings in business districts, both inside and outside, with a fine of $100 for the first violation. All people over the age of 12 must wear a face covering.

Residents and visitors to the business districts are also required to maintain a six foot distance from others who are not members of the same household.

July 4th Donut Breakfast To Go: Fundraiser for MY Museum

Monterey County Youth Museum is unable to hold our annual 4th of July Pancake Breakfast fundraiser at our local fire station this year due to Covid-19 so we are having a July 4th Donut Breakfast To Go! Proceeds will benefit MY Museum. Place your order today.

Price is $15 per bag, which includes: 6 assorted festive donuts from Red's Donuts ; fruit from Trader Joe's; 1 small American flag; and 2 colorful fun necklaces. Order in advance online and select a pick-up time at 8am, 9am, or 10am. You must wear a face mask at pick-up. Social distancing practices will be in place.

Beach Yoga with Union Yoga

Union Yoga is now teaching yoga on the beach at Monterey Tides Hotel every Saturday and Sunday, 9am-10am. These all-level flow classes are taught by Kelli Gray (Nairn) on Saturdays and Rebekah Cordell on Sundays. We're gathering together, breathing together, and enjoying familiar company. Please register online in advance.

Cookie Gift Bags at Paris Bakery

Let's spread some sunshine! Why not drop off a cute little bag of cookies from Paris Bakery to your neighbor or loved one this weekend? They're delicious! Paris Bakery, located at 271 Bonifacio Place, is now open for take-out, no-contact curbside pick-up, and dine-in service.

Haute Beauty Guide: Skin Care, Lash Extensions, and Retail

Haute Beauty Guide is the home of skin care services, lash extensions, and a great little retail store full of skin care items, home decor, and fun stuff for kids! And it just so happens that the owner, Doran, has a ton of new baby, toddler, and kids' gear coming in every day. Visit Haute Beauty Guide at 71 Pearl Street or check out the online store for all the latest items.

Old Monterey SIP Mall...Updated!

Retail in Downtown Old Monterey is now open for in-store shoppers, but there continue to be additional shopping options available during the pandemic. We invite you to check out our newly-updated SIP Mall !

All the stores listed in the SIP Mall offer shopping either online or over the phone plus no-contact curbside pick-up, delivery, and/or shipping. It's shelter-in-place shopping with all the local stores you love!

Update: Skin Care, Nail Care, Massage Therapy, Fitness Studios in Old Monterey

Recently, Monterey County Health Department has lifted more business restrictions. We are happy to report that fitness studios, skin care spas, nail salons, wax bars, and massage therapy studios are now permitted to open for business. Likewise, hotels are able to welcome visitors for tourism.

Welcome back to Downtown Old Monterey! When visiting, please remember to maintain physical distancing and wear a face mask. ( Be a hero! )

New Location for Principal Beauty

Principal Beauty has reopened and moved their studio to 479 Pacific Street, Suite 2. Owner Mariam Shatilova and her team offer lash extensions and refills, lash extension removal, facials, professional makeup application, and makeup lessons. The safety of clients is their top priority. To make an appointment, please phone 831-200-3237, or visit their website .

Rent "Quarantine Cat Film Fest" and Support Osio Theater

Amateur filmmakers from around the world filmed their cats during the Covid-19 stay-at-home orders, and this compilation reel, Quarantine Cat Film Fest , brings together the cutest, funniest, bravest and most loving of these videos.

Osio Theater knows how much our community loves cats. Now you can watch them do their thing from the comfort of your own home, and 50% of your rental fee will directly support Osio Theater! Rent it here. This movie will be available to stream online beginning June 19.

Montrio Bistro Reopens

Montrio Bistro is happy to announce we're now open daily, 5pm-9pm, for take-out, no-contact curbside pick-up, and dine-in service with indoor and patio seating.

For all those who've missed Montrio delights such as the 48-Hour Bacon Burger, King Salmon, and Braised Boneless Prime Beef Short Rib with garlic whipped potatoes, they're back and just as delicious as ever! We're located at 414 Calle Principal.

Happy Hour Returns to Cibo

Happy Hour has returned to Cibo Ristorante Italiano! Every evening, 4pm-7pm, enjoy drinks and/or snacks in our bar or out on our patio.

During Happy Hour we offer $3 well drinks, beer, house wine, and White Claw hard selzer,...