We know everyone is anxious to visit Murphys, and we look forward to welcoming you back, but for now, please help us move through the steps of reopening as safely as possible and postpone your visit for a while longer.  Remember that we are still under “Stay at Home” orders in California and non-essential travel is not permitted.

The good news is that Calaveras is one of California’s rural counties that are able to begin to provide additional Stage 2 services to our residents including dining in at restaurants who are able to meet the criteria and additional retail opportunities. Some personal services such as car washes, pet grooming, & tanning are becoming available.  Always check with individual businesses to see if they are ready to see you.

Be prepared if you do plan to visit our businesses.  State guidelines for the reopening of businesses require them to enforce physical distancing, perform additional sanitizing, and, in some cases, businesses may require you to have a reservation, remain outside until sufficient space is available to accommodate you or your group, and wear a face-covering when not eating or drinking.

Be patient with us while we work through the challenges, this is new to all of us.  Help us stay open by cooperating with the requests of business staff and servers, maintaining 6′  between yourself and other groups, frequently washing or sanitizing your hands, and having a face-covering handy so you can put it on when requested to do so.  Do not enter a business if you are not feeling well or have a fever.

Murphys wants to be open to serve you but we need your help to ensure that we do not experience additional outbreaks that would cause us to close businesses.  And, of course, we want everyone to remain healthy!

With your cooperation, we look forward to additional openings as the state allows. In the meantime, you can support your favorite businesses from home!


Take out food and curbside pickup are still the preferred options for most dining and shopping as businesses will need to respect the social distancing requirements even as they offer more in-person services to our residents.  Essential businesses like grocery stores, gas stations, banks, and pharmacies are open.

Wine tasting rooms are closed for tastings during the Covid 19 containment period, however, curbside pickup of club releases and wine sales is available. Some wineries are also offering delivery and shipping promotions. All purchasing options can be found at the Calaveras Winegrape Alliance website here: https://www.calaveraswines.org/curbside-delivery-andship.

Some wineries and tasting rooms with food service will be open for dining beginning May 15th.  Please contact any business you would like to visit to confirm the availability of in-person dining, hours, and determine if a reservation will be required prior to visiting.


Lodging and Vacation Rentals remain closed to leisure and tourism visitors at this time.  Rooms are available for essential workers who require housing while working in the area.


Business Offices and Outdoor Museums may be open at this time in conformance with the state’s reopening guidelines.

Continued Restrictions:

The following sectors, businesses, establishments, or activities are not permitted to operate in the State of California at this time:

  • Personal services such as hair and nail salons, tattoo parlors, gyms and fitness studios
  • In-person hospitality services, such as bars, tasting rooms (see above) and lounges
  • Entertainment venues, such as movie theaters, gaming, gambling, and arcade venues, and pro sports, indoor museums and gallery spaces, zoos, and libraries
  • Community centers, public pools, playgrounds, and picnic areas
  • Religious services and cultural ceremonies
  • Nightclubs
  • Concert venues
  • Live audience sports
  • Festivals
  • Theme parks
  • Hotels/lodging for leisure and tourism

The health and well-being of our community is our first priority. Please be mindful and practice physical distancing.  Spread the word — Not the virus!  And stay safe wherever you are.

We will update this post with the current information as we have it. 

Photo: Cindy Rochelle