Chamber Staff



For the purposes of this Order, “Essential Businesses” means:
i. Healthcare Operations and Essential Infrastructure;
ii. Grocery stores, certified farmers’ markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, food banks, convenience stores, and other establishments engaged in the retail sale of canned or frozen food, dry goods, beverages, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet supply, fresh meats, fish, and poultry, and any other household consumer products (such as cleaning and personal care products). This includes stores that sell groceries and also sell other nongrocery products, and products necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences;
iii. Any form of cultivation of products for personal consumption or use, including farming, ranching, livestock, and fishing, and associated activities, including, but not limited to, activities or businesses associated with planting, growing, harvesting, processing, cooling, storing, packaging, and transporting such products, or the wholesale or retail sale of such products, provided that, to the extent possible, such businesses comply with Social Distancing Requirements and otherwise provide for the health and safety of their employees;
iv. Businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged, compromised or otherwise needy individuals;
v. Newspapers, television, radio, and other media services;
vi. Gas stations and auto-supply, auto-repair, and related facilities;
vii. Banks and related financial institutions;
viii. Hardware stores;
ix. Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, Essential Activities, and Essential Businesses;
x. Businesses providing mailing and shipping services, including post office boxes;
xi. Educational institutions—including public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities—for purposes of facilitating distance learning or performing essential functions, provided that social distancing of six-feet per person is maintained to the greatest extent possible;
xii. Laundromats, drycleaners, and laundry service providers;
xiii. Restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food, but only for delivery or carry out. Schools and other entities that typically provide free food services to students or members of the public may continue to do so under this Order on the condition that the food is provided to students or members of the public on a pick-up and take-away basis only. Schools and other entities that provide food services under this exemption shall not permit the food to be eaten at the site where it is provided, or at any other gathering site;
xiv. Businesses that supply products needed for people to work from home;
xv. Businesses that supply other essential businesses with the support or supplies necessary to operate;
xvi. Businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, goods or services directly to residences;
xvii. Airlines, taxis, and other private transportation providers providing transportation services necessary for Essential Activities and other purposes expressly authorized in this Order;
xviii. Home-based care for seniors, adults, or children;
xix. Residential facilities and shelters for seniors, adults, and children;
xx. Professional services, such as legal or accounting services, when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities;
xxi. Childcare facilities providing services that enable employees exempted in this Order to work as permitted. To the extent possible, childcare facilities must operate under the following mandatory conditions:
1. Childcare must be carried out in stable groups of 12 or fewer (“stable” means that the same 12 or fewer children are in the same group each day).
2. Children shall not change from one group to another.
3. If more than one group of children is cared for at one facility, each group shall be in a separate room. Groups shall not mix with each other.
4. Childcare providers shall remain solely with one group of children.
xxii. Hotels, motels, bed and breakfast establishments, and other businesses that provide transient occupancy for visitors to the County, provided that such business require their patrons to shelter in place as otherwise required by this Order.
xxiii. On-going commercial construction (meaning commercial construction that actually commenced, and was not just permitted, prior to the effective date of this Order), provided that such activity implements Social Distancing Requirements to the extend feasible and otherwise provides for the health and safety of their employees.

For the purposes of this Order, “Minimum Basic Operations” include the following, provided that employees comply with Social Distancing Requirements as defined this Section, to the extent possible, while carrying out such operations:
i. The minimum necessary activities to maintain the value of the business’s inventory, ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits, or for related functions.
ii. The minimum necessary activities to facilitate employees of the business being able to continue to work remotely from their residences.
 For the purposes of this Order, “Essential Travel” includes travel within or without the County, or between the various counties, for any of the following purposes. Individuals engaged in any Essential Travel must comply with all Social Distancing Requirements as defined in this Section below.
i. Any travel related to the provision of or access to Essential Activities, Essential Governmental Functions or Services, Essential Businesses, or Minimum Basic Operations.
ii. Travel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable persons.
iii. Travel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and any other related services.
iv. Travel to return to a place of residence from outside the jurisdiction.
v. Travel required by law enforcement or court order.
vi. Travel required for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside the County. Individuals are strongly encouraged to verify that their transportation out of the County remains available and functional prior to commencing such travel.
vii. Travel engaged in interstate commerce and otherwise subject to the provisions of the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution.
For purposes of this Order, residences include hotels, motels, shared rental units and similar facilities.
For purposes of this Order, “Social Distancing Requirements” includes maintaining at least sixfoot social distancing from other individuals, washing hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds as frequently as possible or using hand sanitizer, covering coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands), regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces, and not shaking hands.


The Community has already begun it’s efforts to pull together; therefore, we are going to start highlighting those who have gone above and beyond to make the best out of a bad situation. Welcome to THE APPLAUSE SECTION.
JOHN PLASTINI: Mr. Plastini is a property manager for several properties in town, including the Doud Arcade. This Monday John met with all of his tenants and explained how he was going to work WITH them to accommodate their financial needs during this time. Thank you John for understanding the crisis of small businesses at this time and for being willing to step in and act as a leader in our community.
RIO GRILL: The owner of Rio Grill, Tony Tollner, when forced to close, sent all the leftover food in his restaurant home with his employees. Every little bit helps at times like these, so Thank you Tony for your leadership.
CITY OF CARMEL: The City of Carmel is waiving all parking fees during this time and allowing restaurants tasteful signage in front of their shops for curbside pickup. Thank you to the City for recognizing this need and relaxing their restrictions during this time to help our small businesses.
COUNCILMAN JEFF BARON: Jeff is working with a group of residents to identify the top 100 most at risk Carmelites, so that neighbors can help neighbors during this time. Thank you Jeff Baron for this important work and your leadership.
CARMEL CHAMBER BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE COMMITTEE MEMBERS: Thank you to this dynamic group of leaders for meeting virtually this morning and discussing the status of business in the village at this time. This group will be working diligently to contact our elected state legislature to make certain MONTEREY COUNTY is placed on the eligibility list for SBA Disaster Loan Assistance. This committee, which normally meets once a month will be merging virtually each week until we are through this trying time. We will keep you updated.

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