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12 July 2020
Fire Code Requirements for sidewalk café, tents, canopies, cooking and heating applications for outdoor gatherings, seating and eating

Fire Code Requirements for sidewalk café, tents, canopies, cooking and heating applications for outdoor gatherings, seating and eating

FIRE MARSHAL BULLETIN FOR FIRE AND LIFE SAFETY REQUIREMENTS 
Fire Code Requirements for sidewalk café, tents, canopies, cooking and heating applications for outdoor gatherings, seating and eating
 
This Informational Bulletin has been developed by the Monterey Fire Department Fire Prevention Bureau to summarize the fire and life safety regulations relating to sidewalk café, temporary structures classified as tents and canopies. The purpose of this document is to establish standards for outdoor dining including outdoor dining in areas less than 200 sq. ft. located in commercial districts and the residential visitor commercial district. This bulletin is to accommodate pedestrian circulation, meet applicable code requirements as well as create well-designed and attractive outdoor dining areas. These fire codes are to inform the public and businesses with the new COVID-2020 regulations. 

Also new from the Monterey Fire Department Fire Prevention Bureau:

21 May 2020
05/21/2020: Wildland Fire Safety Inspections Begin June 1, 2020 on Homes and Vacant Lots in Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel, and Sand City

05/21/2020: Wildland Fire Safety Inspections Begin June 1, 2020 on Homes and Vacant Lots in Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel, and Sand City

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READY, SET, GO! Informational Flyer
Monterey Fire Department Defensible Space Self-Inspection Quiz
CONTACT: Sichel Young, Fire Prevention Officer, (831) 646-3908, fireprevention@monterey.org
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Wildland Fire Safety Inspections Begin June 1, 2020 on Homes and Vacant Lots in Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel, and Sand City

29 April 2020
04/29/2020: City Manager Orders Partial Beach Closure and Restrictions to Essential Activity Only, to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19 - Effective Fri., May 1

04/29/2020: City Manager Orders Partial Beach Closure and Restrictions to Essential Activity Only, to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19 - Effective Fri., May 1

City Manager Hans Uslar today announced a partial beach closure for Monterey beaches that will take effect on Friday, May 1, 2020. This temporary measure provides additional health and safety assurance during the COVID-19 pandemic emergency shelter in place order. As both the State Stay at Home and the Monterey County Shelter-in-Place orders require, social distancing of six feet between people remains a critical component to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus. The warmer weather and the desire for people to return to normal activities after weeks of sheltering in place threaten to dismantle the progress made in combating COVID-19, prompting the additional restrictions. NEWS RELEASE IN PDF

Beach closure sign

31 March 2020
N95 Mask Drive for Monterey First Responders, April 1-10

N95 Mask Drive for Monterey First Responders, April 1-10

The City of Monterey is asking residents, businesses and nonprofits to donate spare, new N95-rated masks to help protect first responders. The City maintains a supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) for use by firefighters, police officers and public works staff. Due to high demand and a potential increase in COVID-19 emergency calls, the City is asking members of the public to donate any spare additional PPE they may have in their possession. 

Starting on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, donations can be dropped off in front of the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, located at 353 Camino El Estero, Monday to Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Only new masks, sealed in unopened packaging, will be accepted until Friday, April 10. NEWS RELEASE IN PDF

 

 
13 March 2020
03/13/2020: City Manager Issues Local Emergency Proclamation to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 - City Facility Closures, Programs and Events Postponed

03/13/2020: City Manager Issues Local Emergency Proclamation to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 - City Facility Closures, Programs and Events Postponed

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City Manager Hans Uslar issued a local emergency proclamation today to help slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). The proclamation will come before the Monterey City Council for ratification at its meeting on Tuesday, March 17. The emergency proclamation coincides with the State’s recent executive orders that provide cities more ability and resources to help contain the new virus. Despite having no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Monterey County to date, scientists and medical experts report that slowing the spread (also known as “flattening the curve”) of COVID-19 by reducing opportunities for transmission will save lives by giving police and fire personnel, hospitals, doctors, and vaccine-manufacturers time to respond and prepare for the outbreak. 

First on the list of new protocols are city facility closures, and city programs and event cancellations or postponements beginning Saturday, March 14 through at least March 31, 2020. 

“Our priority, first and foremost, is the health and welfare of the Monterey community.  While our community centers, library, museums, and sports center are valued by residents, visitors, and the public, we know that social distancing works and that these closures will help slow the spread of coronavirus in our community,” said City Manager Hans Uslar. “The Monterey community is compassionate, caring, and resilient.  Together, the City of Monterey and its residents, businesses and neighbors, will persevere through this epidemic and protect our community.” 

The City’s decisions are based on the Cal OES (California Office of Emergency Services) directive of three criteria for closures or cancellations: 1) if the gathering involves
over 250 people; 2) if the event allows people to maintain a six foot distance from one another; and 3) if the event attracts people in the high-risk category. The City also considered whether the service or event is essential.

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Administrative Office
Monterey Fire Department
610 Pacific Street
Monterey, CA 93940

Phone: (831) 646-3900
Fax: (831) 646-3723
Non-Emergency: (831) 646-3914

Fire Prevention Bureau
Phone: (831) 646-3908
Email: Fireprevention@monterey.org


Infectious Control Officers
Primary: Jim Courtney
(831) 646-6965
Secondary: Gaudenz Panholzer
(831) 646-6957 
Alternate: On-Duty Division Chief
(831) 901-5002