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Four Business Sectors Can Operate in the City During the Shelter at Home Order

Post Date:04/21/2020 8:55 PM

On April 20, 2020 San Luis Obispo County Public Health announced specific business sectors that can operate in the City under the State and County Shelter at Home orders. These include non-urgent surgery and outpatient practice, construction, pet grooming and recreational fishing. In each sector, the CDC guidelines for physical distancing, hand washing, face masks and use of other personal protective equipment (PPE) must continue to be followed.

In the coming week, the State and County will be providing further guidelines for a phased reopening. The City is partnering with the other cities, the County, public health and medical professionals, civic and business organizations, to develop the SLO County Roadmap to Phased Reopening. The plan, with medical oversight, will be based on the scientific data that shows specific COVID-19 trends that allow for the easing of certain restrictions and orders. The systematic approach to phased reopening is the safest option for our community while allowing specific business sectors to reopen. All local phasing will be aligned with the State’s phased reopening plan.   

The City’s dedicated hotline for businesses and community members regarding the Shelter at Home Order continues to be a helpful resource. 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 is staffed during regular business hours. After hours calls will be returned the next business day.

It is important to continue following physical distancing requirements, practicing proper hygiene, and the County Public Health Department’s recommendation on wearing face masks and coverings. The low number of COVID-19 cases in San Luis Obispo is a direct reflection of the community’s response to the Shelter at Home order.

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