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City Stresses Critical Importance of Social Distancing, Adherence to Shelter at Home Order

Post Date:03/23/2020 2:15 PM

DATE:            March 24, 2020


CONTACT:    James Blattler

Fire Department, PIO

(805) 440-7448

UPDATE: The City has created a dedicated hotline for businesses and community members regarding the Shelter at Home Order. Community members can use the number to report concerns, receive clarifications or to check whether a business is considered essential under the order. The phone number is 805-783-7835 and will be staffed during regular business hours. After hours calls will be returned the next business day.

San Luis Obispo - The City is reminding all community members of the critical importance of following social distancing requirements and adhering to the current Shelter at Home Order.

“Social distancing saves lives. We are all in this together and we are counting on every member of the San Luis Obispo community to do their part. We must act now,” said Mayor, Heidi Harmon.

These measures are vital to slowing the spread of COVID-19 in our community and to protecting the health and safety of our friends, families, neighbors and especially those most vulnerable. The Shelter at Home Order is intended to limit activity, travel, and business functions to the most basic and essential needs. While outside of the home, the six-foot social distancing requirements must be followed at all times including at grocery stores, parks, and hiking trails. Six feet is the height of most ladders or the length of a standard bed.

“This is a critical moment for our community and the actions we collectively take now will saves lives later, be sensible and responsible.” City Manager, Derek Johnson said. “Additional actions for public spaces may be considered by the City should social distancing requirements not be followed.”

For more information on the Shelter at Home Order visit or call the recorded Public Health Information Line at (805) 788-2903. A staffed phone assistance center at (805) 543-2444 is available seven (7) days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for questions related to COVID-19.

For more information from the City’s response to COVID-19, please visit

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