Covid-19

City of Monterey Parking Permits for Residents 2021

The City of Monterey offers a parking program which allows Monterey residents, displaying the proper decal permit, a maximum of two hours of free parking, per day, per parking facility. The decals are honored in the Downtown East and West Garage, (at Franklin & Tyler), the Waterfront Attendant Lot (at Washington & Del Monte), and the Cannery Row Garage (at Foam & Prescott).

A resident parking permit decal can now be obtained online. Fee is $20 and the permit is valid for 12 months.

Get a COVID Test at the Farmers Market, Support Flood Relief

 
5/23/23
 
free
 
Old Monterey

Ever since the Old Monterey Farmers Market reopened in the midst of the COVID pandemic, locally operated Lightspeed Testing has been administering free rapid COVID tests every Tuesday, 4pm-5:30pm, at the market.

As the nation moves away from the COVID emergency, Lightspeed Testing will be winding down operations, ending them by May 31. But, in this last month, Lightspeed wants to give back to our community!

In May, for every no-cost COVID test performed, Lightspeed will donate $100 to the Community Foundation of Monterey County’s flood relief fund up to $25,000.

Join us this month for a COVID test in support of flood relief. Testing is easy, and takes only a few seconds. View all our testing locations here.

MY Museum COVID-19 & Flu Vaccination Clinic

 
12/13/22
 
free
 
Monterey County Youth Museum

MY Museum is hosting a free COVID-19 and flu vaccination clinic for everyone ages 2 and up, 3pm-6pm. The museum will have activities and fun music for participating families. Vaccinations are FREE and no insurance is required.

We recommend you register in advance here , but it's not required - walk-ups will be assisted on a first-come, first-served basis. All children must be accompanied by a responsible caregiver over the age of 18.

MY Museum COVID-19 & Flu Vaccination Clinic

 
11/8/22
 
free
 
Monterey County Youth Museum

Please join MY Museum on Tue, Nov. 8 or Tue, Dec. 13, 3pm-6pm, for a free COVID-19 and flu vaccination clinic for everyone ages 2 and up. The museum exhibits will be closed for play during these events, but we will have activities and fun music for participating families. Vaccinations are FREE and no insurance is required.

We recommend you register in advance here , but it's not required - walk-ups will be assisted on a first-come, first-served basis. All children must be accompanied by a responsible caregiver over the age of 18.

Monterey Trolley Returns on June 25, 2022

The Monterey trolley returns! This free service will operate June 25 - September 5, 10am-6pm daily. Park in the Downtown Monterey Garage (340 Tyler), Cannery Row Garage (601 Foam), or the Waterfront Lot (245 Washington) and get a free ride to all of your favorite attractions including the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, the Lighthouse District, Downtown Old Monterey, and Old Fisherman's Wharf.

New Mask Rules in Monterey County as of February 16

Most of you have probably heard that the State of California and Monterey County lifted the indoor mask mandate on February 16 for people who are vaccinated for Covid.**

This means that, as of February 16, businesses in Downtown Old Monterey are not required to enforce masking and social distancing for anyone who's been vaccinated. Keep in mind that they can still request that everyone wear a mask while on their premises.

Please remember that each small business is run by someone who has a family and is dealing with challenges that you can't see. If a business is still requiring everyone to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status, they surely have a good reason for doing so.

Please help us by being your most compassionate and understanding self. If wearing a mask is not something you're willing to do, just take your money to another business until their rules change.

What if you want to keep wearing a mask? If you're vaccinated but still want to wear a mask, you're allowed to do so regardless of what other people are doing around you.

**Not vaccinated? Please keep your mask on indoors. Want to get vaccinated and/or boosted? You can make an appointment here.

Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic at Monterey Conference Center

 
2/8/22
 
free
 
Monterey Conference Center

Monterey Fire Department is hosting a free Covid-19 vaccination clinic for ages 12+ at Monterey Conference Center on Tuesday, February 8, 2pm-6pm. The clinic will have all three vaccines available (Pfizer, Moderna, J&J) and can administer first, second, and booster doses as needed. Walk-ins are welcome, or you can register online here .

MY Museum Covid Vaccination Clinic

 
1/24/22
 
free
 
Monterey County Youth Museum

MY Museum is teaming up with Central Avenue Pharmacy to support families in the fight against COVID-19. Please join us for a free vaccination clinic for anyone age 5 and up on Monday, January 24, 4pm-6pm. The museum will be...

California State Mask Mandate Extended to February 15

The State of California has extended its indoor mask mandate through at least February 15 as Covid infection rates have risen dramatically since the holidays.

Please wear a high-quality mask over your nose and mouth and stay safe, everyone. You can find information on where to get Covid vaccines and boosters in Monterey County here .

All our Downtown Old Monterey businesses remain open, and many offer options for people wishing to be more cautious, including take-out service from restaurants and curbside pick-up and shipping from select retail shops.

Thanks from all of us to all of you, our valued customers and friends, for continuing to support locally-owned businesses!

Covid Testing Still Happening Tuesdays in Old Monterey!

 
12/28/21
 
 
Parking Lot

Lightspeed Testing will be conducting free rapid Covid tests on Tuesday, December 28 and Tuesday, January 4, 4pm-6pm, in the parking lot of 665 Munras Avenue in Monterey. (PCR tests will also be available for no cost if you have health insurance.) You can register in advance online.

Covid testing (and Covid vaccinations!) will return to the Old Monterey Farmers Market on Alvarado Street on Tuesdays, 4pm-6pm, when the market reopens on January 11.

California State Mask Mandate Begins December 15

Throughout the state of California, face masks are required to be worn indoors in public spaces beginning Wednesday, December 15. This is in response to a 47% increase in Covid case rates in the state since Thanksgiving and a rise in hospitalizations. For details on the mandate, please read this press release from the California Department of Public Health .

This mandate is scheduled to last at least until January 15. We in Downtown Old Monterey thank you for your patience and your continued support of our small, locally-owned businesses this holiday season.

Monterey County Mask Mandate Begins November 5

Throughout Monterey County, face masks will be required to be worn indoors in public spaces beginning Friday, November 5. This is because Monterey County has reached the "substantial" community transmission level of Covid-19 according to the CDC. For details, please read this short article in Monterey County Weekly by Pam Marino.

There are some exceptions to the mask mandate, all covered in the article . These exceptions include indoor dining, situations in which a mask would "impede a medical or cosmetic procedure," or at a meeting where all vaccinated people have shown proof of vaccination (unvaccinated people still have to wear masks).

We thank you for your patience, your compassion in these unusual times, and your continued support of Downtown Old Monterey's small, locally-owned businesses.

Portola Hotel & Spa Offers Free Covid Testing to the Public

Please note: as of April 2023, Portola Hotel & Spa is no longer offering free Covid testing.

Portola Hotel & Spa is now partnering with Virus Geeks to provide free, walk-in COVID-19 PCR testing to the public Tue-Sat, 7am-4pm. The Peet's Coffee shop at the hotel (220 Alvarado Street) has temporarily been transformed into a testing site.

Thanks to the management of Portola Hotel & Spa for offering this great service!

Monterey County Health Department Recommends Masks Indoors

On July 19, Monterey County Health Department issued a new announcement:

"With cases of COVID-19 rising locally and increased reports of the very infectious Delta variant, the Counties of Monterey, Napa, San Benito, and Santa Cruz recommend that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks indoors in public places. Out of an abundance of caution, people are recommended to wear masks indoors in places like grocery or retail stores, theaters, and family entertainment centers, even if they are fully vaccinated.

"Businesses are urged to adopt universal masking requirements for customers entering indoor areas of their businesses to provide better protection to their employees and customers. This will also make it easier for businesses to be sure unvaccinated people are masked."

The Health Department also reminds us that fully vaccinated people are well-protected from infections and serious illness due to Covid-19 (including the Delta variant). Vaccinating as many people as possible continues to be our best defense! To find a vaccination site near you, please visit www.myturn.ca.gov or call 2-1-1.

New Prize Drawing July 1 for People Vaccinated for Covid-19

The State of California is continuing its incentive program to get as many people as possible vaccinated for Covid-19. On July 1, all Californians over age 18 who have received the vaccine will be entered into a drawing to receive one of six dream vacations (including hotels, food, and entertainment for up to four people plus $2000 for expenses). Read details here.

Want to find out where to get a free Covid-19 vaccine? Find a location here.

California Reopened on June 15...What Does That Mean in Old Monterey?

By now, all of you have probably heard that California reopened on June 15. You may be asking: what does that mean?

It means that most, but not all, Covid-19 related public health orders have been lifted for all the lucky people who've been vaccinated. For people who haven't been vaccinated, the new rules are somewhat relaxed, but remain similar to what they were before.

As of June 15, businesses in Downtown Old Monterey no longer have any capacity limits and most are not required to enforce masking and social distancing for anyone who's been vaccinated, Keep in mind that they can still request that everyone wear a mask while on their premises.

If a business is still requiring everyone to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status, they surely have a good reason for doing so. Please remember that each small business is run by someone who has a family and is dealing with challenges that you can't see. While we're all thrilled to be starting the return to normal, the reality is that for people operating shops, restaurants, and services, things are still a long way from normal. 2021 is going to be a year of transition.

Please help us by being your most compassionate and understanding self. If wearing a mask is not something you're willing to do, just take your money to another business until their rules change.

If you're vaccinated but still want to continue to wear a mask, you're welcome to do that regardless of what other people are doing around you.

Want to get vaccinated for Covid-19? Now is a great time to get vaccinated - there are many free appointments available in Monterey County . Increased vaccination rates protect your physical health as well as our economic health. We simply do not want to return to shutdowns and curfews. Vaccines are the most important tool we have to return California to a vibrant, growing, and healthy economy. Anda!

End of Vintage Sale at Comanche Cellars

Comanche Cellars Wine Room is now offering a special end-of-vintage deal on our Dog & Pony 2019 Rose of Grenache. It's only $20 per bottle (with a 4 bottle minimum purchase). Crisp and bright, it pairs perfectly with summer! Visit us at 412 Alvarado Street.

Jazz at MidiCi Pizza - Stu Reynolds Saxtet, June 13

On Sunday, June 13, 5pm-8pm, local jazz favorite the Stu Reynolds Saxtet will perform at MidiCi Pizza, located at 467 Alvarado Street. No cover charge. Enjoy dinner and a show!

The Stu Reynolds Saxtet features Stu Reynolds on saxophone, Steve Uccello on bass, and Adam Astrup on guitar.

Om Studios Is Hiring

Om Studios is hiring! We are looking for reliable, motivated, and friendly yoga, Pilates, and barre teachers to join our amazing team. Interested? Please email us. Om Studios, an independent, locally owned fitness studio, is located at 631 Cass Street.

Old Monterey's 2021 4th of July Parade Canceled

Covid-19 restrictions are definitely lessening as we move towards a more "normal" situation in California. Unfortunately, we don't feel confident bringing 20,000 people together quite yet. Consequently, we will not be hosting a Fourth of July Parade in 2021.

With that said, the Old Monterey Business Association is already looking forward to next year with marching bands, floats, and the whole array of community groups and supporters coming together for Independence Day 2022! We wish everyone a safe, sane, and healthy 4th of July.

Road Runner Bags at Workhorse Bicycles

Workhorse Bicycles has a fresh batch of Road Runner bike bags in stock, ready to rock! Form and function combine in these bags, handmade in Los Angeles and designed by cyclists, for cyclists. Visit Workhorse Bicycles at 486 Washington Street to view our selection.

Watch 2021 European Soccer Championships at Britannia Arms

Beginning June 15, Britannia Arms of Monterey will be showing all the 12pm (local time) matches of the 2021 European Soccer Championship on our big screens. Enjoy lunch, a cold beer, and some football with us at 444 Alvarado Street.

Old Monterey Cafe Is Hiring

Old Monterey Cafe, a family-owned and operated restaurant located at 489 Alvarado Street, is currently looking for an experienced part-time line cook who is ready to make some delicious breakfasts and lunches. If interested, please direct message us via Facebook , or visit us in person between 1-2pm any day.

New at Perfectly Pressed: Parfaits

Perfectly Pressed Juice, located at 491 Alvarado Street, introduces its newest menu item: the parfait! It features insanely delicious granola from Ad Astra Bread Co. and yogurt from local Schoch Family Farmstead along with fresh fruit. Yum!