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In Downtown Old Monterey, a number of restaurants are switching from being dine-in restaurants to take-out and food delivery services. After being quarantined, you're probably starting to yearn for a taste of your former life, but you may hesitate because you're not sure if it's safe to do so.

Is it safe to eat take-out food during the Covid-19 pandemic?

While it's up to you to make the final call on this, we quote some reputable sources in saying that take-out food and food delivery is safe to consume. The Covid-19 virus is a respiratory virus that's predominantly transmitted through inhaling respiratory droplets emitted by infected individuals. The chance of transmission through food is unlikely and there have been no known incidences of Covid-19 transmission from eating food. There have also been no known incidences of SARS (close cousin of Covid-19) transmission through food.

The food itself may be a low risk, but encountering other people on your way to receiving your food is not a low risk so please be mindful of how much distance you are giving other people including the people who are working to get you your orders. Remember, we're not just concerned for your safety, we're also concerned about ours as well. Please stay six feet away and absolutely do not leave your home if you are sick.

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Though Old Capitol Books is closed, we still want to help in our community. That's why we're volunteering with the Monterey COVID-19 Mutual Aid Project in coordination with Direct Action Monterey Network. If you can volunteer to help deliver groceries to immunocompromised people, people with disabilities, or people with asthma, please sign up online. If you need help, please reach out.

There are so many ways to volunteer. If you can't leave your home, you can still volunteer to check in on people, lend board games, or talk to people on the phone who are experiencing fear and anxiety.

In this time we all need to be there for each other. Stay safe, stay healthy.

Even though Alvarado Street Brewery and Grill is temporarily shut down, feel free to give us some love via our online store! We have plenty of merchandise, gift cards, etc. on there to cheer you up. It's also a welcome way for you to support our business until we open the doors again. Visit our website to check it out.

Alvarado Street Brewery and Grill is located at 426 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

The San Jose Mercury News recently covered one of the Shelter-in-Place endeavors of Flights Restaurants President/CEO Alex Hult. Since the shutdown started, Alex has turned his attention from running his restaurants to doing what he can to help those in need in the community even though the effects of the shutdown has been devastating to him and his restaurants.

Straight on the heels of his #FeedTheNeed campaign that allows people to donate money to deliver family style meals to elderly and needy residents in the South Bay, Alex launched the Flights Family Market, a no-touch drive through grocery offering staples, prepared foods, and some gourmet items for good measure. You just drive up, choose the items you want, pay online, and everything will be loaded in your trunk for you.

Flights Family Market is open from 12-7pm daily and is available at the Flights Los Gatos location at 165 Los Gatos-Saratoga Rd in Los Gatos.

Mercury News: Los Gatos restaurant transformed into a 'no touch,' drive-thru grocery

Willard Hicks is now offering grocery care packages for $75. Each package has easily enough food for 2-3 people and contains:

  • 2 14 oz. NY steaks
  • 1 dozen eggs
  • 2 potatoes
  • Trimmed brussel sprouts
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Corn on the cob
  • Sourdough bread
  • 1 gallon of milk
  • 2 rolls of toilet paper

Quantities are limited. Please call 408.374.5000 to order.

Also, bottled beer and wine are 40% off when you place an order for food....Read More

On the Safety of Take-Out Food During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted on March 24th, 2020 by sheldon

In the Lighthouse District, a number of restaurants are switching from being dine-in restaurants to take-out and food delivery services. After being quarantined, you're probably starting to yearn for a taste of your former life, but you may hesitate because you're not sure if it's safe to do so.

Is it safe to eat take-out food during the Covid-19 pandemic?

While it's up to you to make the final call on this, we quote some reputable sources in saying that take-out food and food delivery is safe to consume. The Covid-19 virus is a respiratory virus that's predominantly transmitted through inhaling respiratory droplets emitted by infected individuals. The chance of transmission through food is unlikely and there have been no known incidences of Covid-19 transmission from eating food. There have also been no known incidences of SARS (close cousin of Covid-19) transmission through food.

The food itself may be a low risk, but encountering other people on your way to receiving your food is not a low risk so please be mindful of how much distance you are giving other people including the people who are working to get you your orders. Remember, we're not just concerned for your safety, we're also concerned about ours as well. Please stay six feet away and absolutely do not leave your home if you are sick.

References

If you miss training, want the one-on-one watchful eye of a coach, or just need a distraction from the quarantine, Coach Masha of Boxing Strong invites you to explore online training!

Masha is now offering 30 minutes of private training via FaceTime, Facebook, or Skype for only $30. Book your training session online. This offer is only good during Monterey County's shelter-in-place order.

Masha has also started hosting 5-minute daily workouts for different body parts. Sometimes you may not have energy, willpower or time, but we KNOW you all have 5 minutes. She'll make it short and sweet (or bittersweet). Join Masha on Instagram Stories Live daily. She'll announce the time and body part(s) one day in advance. Just follow @boxingstrongmonterey.

Boxing Strong, now online, is usually located at 191 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey. Questions? E-mail Coach Masha or phone 831-200-3392.

The Lighthouse District's own little neighborhood grocery store, International Market and Deli, is now open during Monterey County's shelter-in-place order, offering a selection of food and other essentials. They have a remarkable stock of nonperishable items, including dry beans, grains, rice, and canned goods...and they occasionally have toilet paper. They also carry breads, cheese, meat, snacks, sweets, and more. View a list of items on their website.

International Market owners Gloria and Adil are committed to serving the New Monterey community during this difficult time. They bring in new supplies almost every day, and are offering free home delivery to seniors, families with children, and those with disabilities.

You're welcome to drop in, but because the market is small, they also offer curbside shopping to minimize contact between customers. Just call or e-mail your grocery order so they can prepare your bags in advance and arrange for a pickup time. You can pay by credit card at the curb or on the sidewalk using the market's portable credit card device.

International Market and Deli is located at 580 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey and is open Monday - Saturday, 10am-7pm, and Sunday, 11am-4pm. You can contact them via e-mail or by phone at 831-375-9451.

The Lighthouse District Shelter-in-Place Dining Guide

Posted on March 24th, 2020 by lighthouseave

Just because there's a pandemic happening doesn't mean you can't eat well. Many of the Lighthouse District's fantastic restaurants are open exclusively for take-out and delivery orders. To help you find which restaurants are still running, we've set up the Lighthouse District Shelter-in-Place Dining Guide, which lists restaurants offering pick-up or delivery during Monterey County's shelter-in-place order.

At our Dining Guide, you'll also find operating hours, menus, contact information, and links to delivery services. Please note that most restaurants are open limited hours and those may change without notice.

Please remember to respect the safety of everyone who's working on Lighthouse to allow you to Shelter in Style. Follow the directions of the restaurant crews on how to pay and get your food. Maintain the recommended six feet of distance from them and other customers at all times, and if you are sick absolutely do not leave your home. (Many delivery services now offer no-contact home delivery, which is great if you're not feeling well.)

Thank you for your understanding. Please stay healthy, support local businesses if you can, and enjoy some of Lighthouse's amazing comfort food, perfect for lifting the spirit.

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