We've created this page as a central place for Gonzales residents to find updated advice and news about coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. Here's the latest:

May 20, 2021

Latest News on COVID-19

Current vaccine rates for the community of Gonzales stand at 72% for all those eligible. If you are still due for your vaccine and are 12 and over you can schedule your appointment at the Gonzales Pharmacy. Under current state guidelines you are still to wear a mask anytime you are entering a business or are indoors or around crowds of people.

Please continue to follow our social media pages as well as the County Health Department for more up to date information on COVID-19.  


Dec. 14, 2020

New Shelter in Place Order Reissued with New Restrictions for Monterey County (New Order)

The Monterey County Health Officer has issued a NEW SHELTER IN PLACE ORDER that includes New Restrictions and goes into effect Dec. 13, 2020 and ends January 10, 2021. The New Order directs (1) all individuals in the county to continue sheltering in their place of residence except for essential needs; (2) continuing to exempt homeless individuals from the order but urging government agencies to provide them shelter and hand sanitation facilities; (3) limiting travel for outdoor recreation activates and restricting access to recreation areas; (4) requiring essential businesses to implement social distancing protocols; (5) clarifying and further limiting essential business activities, including construction; and (6) directing all businesses and government agencies to further cease non-essential operations. 

Please read the full order carefully (here). Violation of or failure to comply with this Order is a misdemeanor punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both. (California Health and Safety Code 120295, et.seq.; and Cal Penal Coade 69, 148(a)(I)

Executive Order Establishing a Citation Fine Process for Face Coverings Order Violations

July 29, 2020 - Today, the City of Gonzales joined with Monterey County and other local cities establishing a process for issuing citations to those who do not comply with the requirement to wear face coverings while at work, in businesses, and around other people as instituted by Order of the Governor and County Health Officer. The Executive Order, which includes a schedule of monetary fines for violations, is effective immediately.

The action was taken in order to help prevent further spread of COVID-19 in response to concerns regarding the current rate of new cases and hospitalizations. The City will continue to seek compliance primarily through public education, the issuance of warning notices in lieu of citations for first-time offenders, and the distribution of face coverings if needed. According to City Manager René Mendez: “Most of the community has responded extremely well to the changes required during this difficult time and the City is very appreciative, but we need to continue to improve since cases continue to increase.” The new Order is designed to provide another tool to effectively enforce these measures with individuals who refuse to comply voluntarily in order to protect public health.

Since the pandemic began, the City has implemented an extensive number of measures involving enforcement of the County Health Officer’s orders, safety of City facilities and staff, public health and education, business assistance, outreach efforts, virtual recreational programming, weekly food assistance, and public assistance.

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Orden Ejecutiva Estableciendo un Proceso de Citación de Multas por Violaciones a la Orden de Cobertor Facial

29 de Julio del 2020 – Hoy, la Ciudad de Gonzales se unió al Condado de Monterey y otras ciudades locales que establecen un proceso para emitir citaciones a aquellos que no cumplen con el requisito de usar coberturas faciales mientras se encuentran en el trabajo, en los negocios y alrededor de otras personas según se instituye por la Orden del Gobernador y el Oficial de Salud del Condado. La Orden Ejecutiva, la cual incluye una programación de multas monetarias por las violaciones, es efectiva de forma inmediata.

La acción fue tomada para poder prevenir el esparcimiento adicional del COVID-19 en respuesta a las preocupaciones relacionadas a la tasa actual de nuevos casos y hospitalizaciones. La Ciudad continuará buscando el cumplimiento principalmente a través de la educación pública, la emisión de avisos de advertencias en lugar de las citaciones para los infractores de primera ocurrencia, y la distribución de cobertores faciales si es necesario. Según el Gerente de la Ciudad, René Mendez: “La mayor parte de la comunidad ha respondido extremadamente bien a los cambios requeridos durante este tiempo tan difícil y la Ciudad tiene mucho aprecio a ello, pero necesitamos continuar mejorando dado que los casos continúan aumentando.” La nueva Orden está diseñada para brindar otra herramienta para efectivamente hacer cumplir estas medidas con los individuos que se reúsan a cumplir voluntariamente para poder proteger la salud pública.

Desde que la pandemia empezó, la Ciudad ha implementado un número extensivo de medidas involucrando el cumplimiento de las órdenes del Oficial de Salud del Condado, la seguridad de las instalaciones y personal de la Ciudad, salud pública y educación, asistencia de los negocios, esfuerzos de comunicación, programación recreacional virtual, asistencia alimenticia semanal y asistencia pública.

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New State Health Order Restrictions for Monterey County

Effective July 8, 2020, until further notice:


  • Bars, pubs, and brewpubs (including bars located at permitted indoor and outdoor food facilities)


  • Dine-in restaurants: no indoor service (outdoor seating, takeout, delivery allowed)
  • Wineries, tasting rooms: no indoor service
  • Family Entertainment Centers/Movie Theaters: No indoor services (drive-in movie theaters may operate)
  • Zoos & Museums: No indoor attractions
  • Cardrooms: No indoor services

More information from Monterey County Health Department

Supplement to the Shelter-in-Place Order 

Monterey County Health Officer announces changes to current Shelter In Place Order
Post Date:05/07/2020 2:24 PM

Monterey County Health Officer Dr. Edward Moreno today issued a supplement to the current Shelter-in-Place Order allowing local businesses to conduct limited re-openings as Gov. Gavin Newsom launches Stage 2 of his Reopening Roadmap.

Beginning Friday, May 8, 2020, local retail businesses may begin providing curbside pick-up services to customers. Examples of such businesses include bookstores, clothing stores, florists, sporting goods stores and other over-the-counter retailers. In addition, manufacturing and supply chain workplaces supporting these businesses may open. Social Distancing Protocols must be followed in all of these settings. Members of the public may place orders online or via telephone only.  Retailers are not allowed to display merchandise on sidewalks.

Other types of businesses, including shopping malls, dine-in services, hair and nail salons, movie theaters and more, remain prohibited from operating. 
Business owners are advised to review State guidance to determine whether their establishments may reopen as well as operational practices, so that they may avoid enforcement actions.  

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Dear residents and partners of Gonzales,

Monterey County's Health Officer, Dr Moreno, has issued an updated Shelter-in-Place Order effective midnight May 1, 2020. This requires all Monterey County residents to stay home, unless they are part of the essential services provisions (see attachment below explaining what constitutes essential services). You will also find a letter to the community answering your most frequent questions.


El día 16 de marzo el Oficial de Salud del Condado de Monterey, Doctor Moreno, emitió una Orden de Refugio a partir de la medianoche del 18 de marzo de 2020 hasta el 8 de abril de 2020. Esto requiere que todos los residentes del Condado de Monterey se queden en casa, a menos que formen parte de las disposiciones de servicios esenciales (vea el adjunto para ver qué constituye servicios esenciales). Vea la carta a la comunidad a continuación, así como las respuestas a sus preguntas más frecuentes adjunto.

Gonzales Cares Program 

The City has worked to gather resources through various funding sources to put together a local housing support fund, to help avoid displacement during the COVID-19 crisis. For more information please see attached documents.


Programa Cares de Gonzales

La ciudad ha trabajado para reunir recursos a través de diversas fuentes de financiamiento para armar un fondo local de apoyo para viviendas, para ayudar a evitar el desplazamiento durante la crisis de COVID-19. Para obtener más información o para preguntas sobre el programa, por favor de mirar los documentos adjuntos.

Medical Advice from the County Hospital


Medical Advice from County Hospital in Spanish



Medical Advice from the County Hospital English



Medical Advice Triqui



Advice from County Hospital Mixteco

American Sign Language:

Advice from County Hospital American Sign Language

Information by Region

Federal, state, and local government agencies are providing frequently updated information at these web locations:

As you know, the responses to the COVID-19 pandemic are touching all aspects of our daily lives and difficult decisions are having to be made throughout all communities in our County, State and Country. Our goal is that all residents stay safe and healthy throughout this time of crisis. After careful consideration of all the information we have been provided and the recommendations from Public Health Officials, coupled with the Governor’s Executive Order, and recent local school closures, the most prudent and safe course of action is to postpone until further notice all Recreational Programing. This includes:

  • Shrek Jr.
  • Kid Power After School Program
  • Recreational Pre-school
  • Softball
  • Mini T-ball programs.

We firmly believe it is the best course of action given the information we have to date and will do our best to minimize the amount of time that families are affected by these closures. Thank you for your patience and understanding throughout this entire process. Please take all the necessary precautions to keep your families and our community safe and healthy.

Continue to visit us for important updates.

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Como ustedes ya saben, las respuestas a la pandemia de COVID-19 están tocando todos los aspectos de nuestra vida diaria y se están tomando decisiones difíciles en todas las comunidades de nuestro condado, estado y país. Nuestro objetivo es que todos los residentes se mantengan seguros y saludables durante este tiempo. Después de una cuidadosa consideración de toda la información que se nos ha proporcionado y las recomendaciones de los funcionarios de salud pública, junto con la Orden Ejecutiva del Gobernador y los recientes cierres de escuelas locales, el curso de acción más prudente y seguro es posponer hasta nuevo aviso toda la Programación Recreativa. Esto incluye los programas:

  • Shrek Jr.
  • Kid Power After School Program
  • Recreational Pre-school
  • Softball
  • Mini T-ball programs.

Creemos firmemente que es el mejor curso de acción dada la información que tenemos hasta la fecha y haremos todo lo posible para minimizar la cantidad de tiempo que las familias se vean afectadas por estos cierres. Gracias por su paciencia y comprensión durante todo este proceso. Tome todas las precauciones necesarias para mantener a sus familias y nuestra comunidad seguras y saludables.

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State of Emergency

In response to the national Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the City of Gonzales has declared a local State of Emergency. This declaration is made to give the city the flexibility it needs to respond to any situation that arises. You can find a press release and the official proclamation here (PDF) and under "Documents" below.