Mono County can now officially reopen restaurants and retail stores; Restaurant workforce survey; Short-term lodging order extended in Mammoth Lakes; County requests the state allow campgrounds and fishing

by Monica Prelle

Mono County received the variance to move forward with reopening retail stores and restaurants during the COVID-19 pandemic with stricter guidelines for sanitization and reduced capacity in restaurants.

With the new qualifications, 43 of California’s 58 counties have filed the attestation to reopen stage two businesses including neighboring counties Alpine and Inyo.

There is a “mix of optimism and a sober outlook in terms of the world we’re now entering into with these modifications,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said last week in a press conference. The governor, who has worked in the restaurant industry as a busser, server, and restaurant owner, understands the challenges to reduced capacity in an industry that already has extremely low profit margins. …

Inyo County received a variance to move ahead in reopening last week; Governor Newsom announced new county standards for variance; Mono County will attest to move forward with reopening this week.

By Monica Prelle

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced updated guidelines for reopening in a press conference today and said that roughly 53 out of 58 counties would likely qualify. Mono County did not previously qualify, but plans to attest for the variance after the state reissued new qualifications.

“We are empowering our local heath directors and county officials that understand their local communities better than any of us,” Gov. Newsom said in a press conference today. “At the same time, we need to hold all of ourselves to account for transparency and accountability in terms of implementation of these rules and regulations.” …

Six new cases of COVID-19 prevent Mono County from reopening businesses; State projections increase with movement around the state

By Monica Prelle

Mono County reported six new positive cases of the coronavirus in the week ending on May 10, which disqualifies the county from moving forward in stage two according to the state’s criteria.

In a statement on Monday afternoon, Mono County Public Health Officer Dr. Tom Boo said that he “is concerned about the number of new cases and complete investigation is essential.”

The new cases, which are all in the Mammoth area, were identified through contact tracing. …


Monica Prelle

Mammoth Lakes-based independent journalist currently reporting on COVID-19 in Mono County, California.