MONO COUNTY Orders Closures of Bars and In-room Dining in Restaurants & Non-Essential Public Gatherings

Dr. Thomas Boo, Mono County, Public Health Officer Order:

Closures of Bars and In-room Dining in Restaurants

March 17, 2020

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In order to reduce the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the State of California has directed, and the Mono County Public Health Department orders the following, effective 10:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, 2020: 

• All bars, breweries and wine-tasting venues in Mono County shall close, excluding production facilities that do not include any customer or other public contact.
• All restaurants shall be closed for indoor or outdoor seated dining and may be open only to drive-through or other pick-up or delivery option.
• Bars, breweries and pubs that include full meals provided by a full kitchen should follow restaurant guidance and may provide delivery or pick-up options.
• Coffee shops fall under restaurants may continue to offer pick-up service but provide no indoor or outdoor seating for customers.
• All pick up areas shall limit customer waiting areas to no more than 6 people, providing adequate space for six (6) feet of separation between waiting customers and provide for hand sanitation.
• Health clubs and gyms are to be closed.
• Theatres, bowling alleys and other indoor recreations venues should close.
• All non-essential public gatherings or assemblies, regardless of size are prohibited.
• All venues for gatherings should be closed.

Due to the imminent threat to public health Mono County has declared a Local Health Emergency for the County and Town of Mammoth Lakes, which gives the County Health Officer, Dr.Tom Boo, broad authority under state law to take actions as needed to protect the health of the public.

Mono County and the Town of Mammoth Lakes are actively responding to the pandemic in a Unified Command Emergency Operational Center led by Mammoth Lakes Fire Chief Frank Frievalt, Town of Mammoth Lakes Manager Dan Holler, County Chief Administrative Officer Steve Barwick and County Health Officer Dr Tom Boo.

The Unified Town/County response structure incorporates Mammoth Hospital and we are coordinating with Inyo County public health and healthcare facilities as part of the Mono-Inyo Healthcare Coalition, under the guidance of state and federal the COVID-19 response.

Please visit the authoritative source for COVID-19 in Mono County at:

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3 Responses to MONO COUNTY Orders Closures of Bars and In-room Dining in Restaurants & Non-Essential Public Gatherings

  1. Lisa Del Mar March 30, 2020 at 12:09 pm #

    Reading Mono County news and the Los Angeles Times along with watching national broadcasting news, my two friends and I decided on March 12 not to travel to Mammoth Lakes for our annual snow trip with our three golden retrievers. Unfortunately, we booked with VRBO not Airbnb. Our cost to book 5 days and 4 nights (March 30 – April 3) in Mammoth Lakes is $1954.20. VRBO wrote on their website that they will refund their administrative fee to all travelers, but everything else is up to the homeowner — they are not getting involved! Our owner has stopped communicating and only refunded the cleaning fee of $175, not even the pet fee of $450 ($150 fee per dog). If people are not getting their money back from booking their rentals, they perhaps are chancing it and traveling to Mono County putting all the local residents and businesses at an even higher risk of COVID-19 cases per capita. I am truly sad that visitors are not staying home and not keeping all of you folks at the place we love to holiday — Mammoth Lakes — safe and secure and able to access food, healthcare and needed medical supplies. Please do an article on short-term rental owners not refunding travelers’ money during the COVID-19 pandemic and the direct health risk to Mono County because folks not getting their money back are still making the trek to Mammoth Lakes and other destinations in Mono County.

  2. David Dennison March 19, 2020 at 8:19 am #

    Hopefully,what they’re going to do next is postpone the Eastern Sierra Trout opener,if things don’t change a lot between now and then…I’m a fisherman,but think the last thing Inyo and Mono Counties need now is the 20k exodus of SoCalers coming up here,some on other websites saying,even if campgrounds, motels,condos,restaurants and taverns are closed,them saying and thinking if they offer them enough money to open up they’ll do it to accommodate them and their friends..

  3. Lu March 18, 2020 at 11:30 am #

    Good for Mono County. I hope Inyo County follows soon. It’s good to know the population is cared about.


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