MMSA Zoom meeting re: winter ops during pandemic

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Re: MMSA Zoom meeting re: winter ops during pandemic

Postby socal » Sat Dec 05, 2020 9:50 pm

Tony Crocker wrote:Mono County is shown here moving into the purple tier Dec. 1.
I got takeout breakfast from The Stove yesterday and noticed a couple of diners inside. I wonder how soon Mammoth's restaurants will all be restricted to takeout?

I have heard from several people that outdoor dining is allowed in Pasadena by its independent health department.

Between Sept. 15 and Oct. 30 we dined in person outdoors six times. But our restaurant patronage at home will remain takeout for the foreseeable future. It's summer in Argentina so hopefully we can dine outside during our week there.


Just curious, you won’t eat outside at a restaurant but you’ll go to South America and fly across the country?

Feels like LAs stay at home order from last week which left tattoo parlors open, indoors but closed playgrounds. I think everyone’s concerns are so arbitrarily that it’s hard to see how these restrictions can possibly work.

We have friends who haven’t gone to a store or even grocery shopped since March. They leave their mail in the garage for days. But they have a nanny and a housekeeper in their house 5 days a week...sanity has not prevailed.
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Re: MMSA Zoom meeting re: winter ops during pandemic

Postby Tony Crocker » Sat Dec 05, 2020 11:27 pm

socal wrote:Just curious, you won’t eat outside at a restaurant but you’ll go to South America and fly across the country?

We did not have choice about the recent Florida trip as Liz' mother's primary caretaker wanted some time off. On fly days we are wearing both KN95 masks and plastic face shields per Al Solish recommendation.It makes sense to minimize risk this week so we will be admitted into Argentina.

Outdoor dining was banned by L.A. County last week and is further banned by the state for all of Southern California effective tomorrow. So the reality is I don't expect any in person restaurant dining at home to be available in December, just as it was not in April/May. After the holidays we will hit the road for skiing and I think it will be prudent to eat takeout wherever possible. Outdoor dinners in winter are unlikely to be viable in ski country and do you really want to dine indoors in say, Utah, Idaho, Montana at the current level of infection in those states?
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Re: MMSA Zoom meeting re: winter ops during pandemic

Postby Sierra Lady » Tue Dec 08, 2020 11:25 am

Posted at 9:25 a.m. on 12/8 (moderator has not changed the time stamp on the forum yet.)

Here is the official TOML press release:

12/5/2020 1:22:49 PM Email Subject: MONO COUNTY PLACED UNDER REGIONAL STAY-AT-HOME ORDER

Effective Sunday, December 6 at 11:59 p.m., Mono County (as part of the Southern California Region) will be formally placed under the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Regional Stay-At-Home Order (Order).

The Order, which will be in effect for a minimum of three weeks, prohibits private gatherings of any size, and closes sector operations except for critical infrastructure and retail in an effort to limit the transmission and spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Governor Gavin Newsom is taking immediate actions to prevent an unprecedented surge in the level of community spread of COVID-19 that continues to increase dramatically every day, throughout Mono County and the State of California. New hospital admissions continue to escalate, with current projections estimating that without additional intervention to slow the spread of COVID-19 the number of available adult ICU beds within the State of California will be at capacity by mid-December.

Locally, we have seen an increase of 50% in positive COVID-19 cases week-over-week within the previous two-week period, and our current positivity rate is 29%.

In addition to the Order, the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) managing COVID-19 response in Mono County is evaluating additional local guidance to more acutely address the unique circumstances and issues within our county, including tourism and lodging. Details on additional guidance will be shared as soon as possible.

The Regional Stay-At-Home Order applies to Regions where the adult ICU bed capacity falls below 15%. Mono County is assigned to the Southern California Region. As of December 5, ICU capacity for the Southern California Region fell to 13.1%, triggering the Order.

The Regional Stay-At-Home Order will remain in effect for at least 3 weeks. After that period, the Order will be lifted when regional available adult ICU bed capacity is greater than or equal to 15%, and is projected to remain above that level for the subsequent four weeks. At the end of the Stay-At-Home period, each county within the Region will be assigned to a tier based on the Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

“It is not the status of Mammoth Hospital alone that determines when the Order goes into effect, rather, it is the status of all the hospitals within the region,” stated Tom Parker, Mammoth Hospital Chief Operating Officer. “At this point, the entire state is approaching a critical capacity shortage and there is no recourse to petition regional assignments.”

The new Regional Stay-At-Home order supersedes the current County restrictions of the purple tier (widespread transmission) of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

Effective December 6 (Sunday) at 11:59PM the following sectors must close:

Indoor and outdoor playgrounds
Indoor recreational facilities
Hair salons and barbershops
Personal care services
Museums, zoos, and aquariums
Movie theaters
Wineries
Bars, breweries, and distilleries
Family entertainment centers
Cardrooms and satellite wagering
Limited services
Live audience sports
Amusement parks

The following sectors now have additional modifications, in addition to 100% masking and physical distancing:

Outdoor recreational facilities: Allow outdoor operation only without any food, drink or alcohol sales. Additionally, overnight stays at campgrounds will not be permitted.
Retail: Allow indoor operation at 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
Shopping centers: Allow indoor operation at 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
Hotels and lodging: Allow to open for critical infrastructure support or for reservations from out-of-state residents that are for a period of time for at least the duration of the quarantine period where the guest will quarantine in the facility for the entire period only.
Restaurants: Allow only for take-out, pick-up, or delivery.
Offices: Allow remote only except for critical infrastructure sectors where remote working is not possible.
Places of worship and political expression: Allow outdoor services only.
Entertainment production including professional sports: Allow operation without live audiences. Additionally, testing protocol and “bubbles” are highly encouraged.

The following sectors are allowed to remain open when a remote option is not possible with appropriate infectious disease preventative measures, including 100% masking and physical distancing: critical infrastructure, schools, non-urgent medical and dental care, and child-care and pre-K.

The Regional Stay-At-Home Order temporarily restricts all non-essential travel statewide, but allows access to (and travel for) critical services and allows outdoor activities to preserve Californian’s physical and mental health. Californians are encouraged to keep connected with loved ones virtually, and to get outdoors and recreate!

Details on the CDPH’s Regional Stay-At-Home Order can be accessed here.

All Mono County residents and visitors are asked to do their part to #StaySafeToStayOpen.

This is more than a hashtag – it needs to become a way of life.

Additional information regarding the Blueprint for a Safer Economy is available online or by visiting the Mono County COVID-19 Portal in English or Spanish.

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Re: MMSA Zoom meeting re: winter ops during pandemic

Postby ShiftyRider » Tue Dec 08, 2020 1:47 pm

Outdoor recreational facilities: Allow outdoor operation only without any food, drink or alcohol sales. Additionally, overnight stays at campgrounds will not be permitted.

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Restaurants: Allow only for take-out, pick-up, or delivery.
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Re: MMSA Zoom meeting re: winter ops during pandemic

Postby ShiftyRider » Sun Dec 20, 2020 4:44 pm

Tusks etc apparently have outdoor dining on their decks...
https://thesheetnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Sheet_12192020.pdf

OAN somewhere I think I read ca.gov had some ski guidance recommending gondola lineups be entirely outdoors.
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Re: MMSA Zoom meeting re: winter ops during pandemic

Postby Tony Crocker » Mon Dec 21, 2020 11:20 am

There are some interesting points in that edition of the Sheet. Evidently it's not that difficult to ski Mammoth now if you're motivated. Many property owners have switched to direct-to-customer rentals vs. using the reservation services that are now prohibited from booking non-essential travelers. The result is that Mono County and Mammoth Lakes will take a huge hit in uncollected bed taxes over the Christmas holidays.

Also, with the current level of infection in California, the restrictions implemented on Dec 6 are likely to last longer than the minimum 3 weeks.
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Re: MMSA Zoom meeting re: winter ops during pandemic

Postby Sierra Lady » Mon Dec 21, 2020 11:55 am

The amount of "essential" visitors here this past weekend was absurd! Amazing how many illegal rentals there are and/or second homeowners bringing up family who do NOT reside in their immediate household plus their friends or are "renting" to their friends. Tons of RV's, vans and vehicles camped illegally (the RV Park is closed) all over town in their "secret spots" (leaving trash, TP/feces once again just like in the earlier SAH order this spring/summer/Fall) and many out in the legal dispersed camping areas on the Scenic Loop. Our Code Enforcement team and PD just can't keep on top of it. A friend who is the Host Dept. Supervisor snapped a photo of the Chair 2 parking lot from this past Sunday and it looked like an RV Park! He said they weren't there when he left work at 5:00 the previous day so many may have driven up late and camped out there overnight (if they did, MMSA Security didn't do anything about it), but most may have driven up for a spot early that morning.

At this rate, we're never going to lessen the surge. Mono County is now up to 512 cases with 406 of those in Mammoth.
https://coronavirus.monocounty.ca.gov/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Stay safe and healthy everyone. Merry COVID Christmas and let's pray that 2021 brings a hopeful, healthier New Year!
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Re: MMSA Zoom meeting re: winter ops during pandemic

Postby Sierra Lady » Thu Dec 24, 2020 11:55 am

12/23/20 Short term rental prohibition extended until at least 1/4/21. (There are still SO many illegal rentals going on with lots of "essential" travelers in the area. The fine to the owner is $1000/nt. and termination of their ToML business license if caught. Lots of illegal camping inside town limits, too. Btw, Mono County had one more death and over 80 new cases just last week.)

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Re: MMSA Zoom meeting re: winter ops during pandemic

Postby Sierra Lady » Tue Jan 26, 2021 10:39 pm

1/25/21 Regional S.A.H. Order lifted for so. CA (Mono & Inyo Counties).

https://www.townofmammothlakes.ca.gov/l ... x?MID=2542

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Re: MMSA Zoom meeting re: winter ops during pandemic

Postby Sierra Lady » Sat Mar 13, 2021 1:45 pm

3/13/21 Mono County (not Inyo) to advance to the Red tier tomorrow, Sunday, 3/14/21.

https://webapps.mono.ca.gov/COVIDDocs/P ... 2-2021.pdf
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