As of January 20, 2021, Monterey County joins most of California in the Purple Tier, meaning there is widespread coronavirus transmission in our area. This prompted the California Department of Public Health to extend our regional stay-at-home order.
While Monterey County is in the Purple Tier, restaurants and winebars may remain open outdoor only with modifications. Bars, breweries, and distilleries must remain closed. For details, visit Industry Guidance, updated January 19, 2021.
Carmel City Council called a “special meeting” January 20, 2021 at 5pm to discuss changing the current parklet program during the statewide stay-at-home order. Full agenda here.
Originally, the parklet program was launched after indoor dining was prohibited in restaurants. Carmel’s downtown public parking spaces were then lent to restaurants (and wine bars) so they could serve their customers outdoors, hoping to slow the spread of coronavirus. During that time business owners built and maintained their parklets in public parking spots.
However, in an effort to reduce the exponential increase in COVID-19 cases throughout California, the recent stay-at-home order, effective mid-December 2020, restricted restaurants to take-out or delivery only.
Today’s special meeting will discuss a possible loophole in the stay-at-home order whereby the City Council may redefine the parklet parking spaces as “parks” which any person or group of people can use, similar to picnicking in Devendorf Park or at Carmel Beach. This way take-out customers can pick up their food and consume it in a nearby City of Carmel parklet, instead of going away.