MONTEREY COUNTY — All Monterey County employees and the public are now required to wear a mask in county facilities regardless of their vaccination status, effective Monday.

According to Communications Coordinator Maia Carroll, many county departments continue to offer online services and information for those who cannot or may not wish to wear a mask. Those services can be found at

Also beginning Monday, all county employees will be required to show proof of vaccination unless they have an authorized exemption. Those with exemptions will be required to submit weekly Covid-19 tests.

Employees will have 30 days to provide proof of vaccination or authorized exemption.

The new policies took effect Aug. 16 after the Monterey County Board of Supervisors voted July 30 to implement stronger measures against Covid-19. In recent weeks, the county’s case and hospitalization rates have seen a dramatic increase, including 76 new confirmed cases added on Monday.

“Having been one of the counties that was hardest hit by the pandemic to being one of the most improved counties, it calls upon us to take more action to protect our residents,” said District 1 Supervisor Luis Alejo. “This hopefully sets an example for other businesses and employers to require vaccination of their employees.”

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Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.


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