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Monterey County mask mandate sees five restaurant complaints so far – Monterey Herald

SALINAS – The Monterey County Indoor Face Covering ordinance went into effect Friday for at least 30 days, and since then there have been five complaints of restaurant violations reported to the county so far.

“On average, the Environmental Health Bureau responds to all complaints within a week,” said Monterey County spokeswoman Maia Carroll.

The county receives complaints about restaurant compliance, other non-restaurant complaints are determined by the cities if they wish to enforce the ordinance put forth by the Board of Supervisors to slow the spread of COVID-19.

“It’s up to each city to make that determination,” said Carroll.

The ordinance was triggered when the Centers for Disease Control placed Monterey County in the “substantial” level for community transmission Oct. 29. The face-covering requirements, per the ordinance, started seven days later. The Board of Supervisors agreed to use the CDC’s determination of “substantial” or “high” as the point where the ordinance would be set into motion. It would last for 30 days or until the board either ends or extends it.

But this week, the CDC has determined Monterey County is in the “moderate” tier for community transmission.

“If the board desired to meet and discuss rescinding the ordinance requirements they would have to call a special meeting this week as there is no regularly scheduled board meeting,” said Carroll. “I have heard one supervisor already mention he would like to discuss this topic next week.”

The ordinance requires all residents, both in cities and unincorporated areas of the county, to wear facial coverings indoors with some exemptions.

The exemptions for not wearing face coverings include, when people are in their own homes, if a person is alone or with members of their household in a closed room, office or vehicle, when taking part in an activity where masks cannot be worn such as eating or swimming, where a mask would impede a medical or cosmetic procedure, or at meetings or gatherings where all vaccinated persons show proof of vaccination and unvaccinated persons wear face coverings at all times other than when eating or drinking.

The statement from Monterey County said violations of this ordinance may be processed as an administrative violation and subject to a fee.

Additional information about the ordinance is available in a Mask Mandate Information Sheet at https://tinyurl.com/9anx9yx6

To report violations of the masking order at restaurants, visit https://tinyurl.com/7zfc32we

Monterey County’s face covering ordinance applies to the entire county and cities may choose to enforce it. To report violations of the masking ordinance at non-restaurant businesses or locations, contact the law enforcement agency which serves the community where you live.

For the latest information on COVID-19 including testing and data visit www.MontereyCountyCovid19.com

To make an appointment for vaccinations visit www.mcvaccinate.com

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