“Our code enforcement officer has the authority to cite without warning anyone not wearing a face covering in our business areas,” Uslar said. “People and businesses know by now that masks are required and we have to compel compliance to reduce the spread of the virus. Our educational approach has shown success, yet we need to do much better.”
The citations will begin at $100 and become more expensive for subsequent violations. If a person is found in a business not wearing a mask, both the individual and the business will be cited. Uslar said the Monterey County Health Department order provided for a criminal citation and a $1,000 fine. But by making it an administrative citation, fines can be handled within the city of Monterey without having to go through the county District Attorney’s office.