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Posted on: April 21, 2020

SLO County Modifies Shelter at Home Order, Allowing for Additional Activities

Morro Bay, CA – SLO County has issued guidance with respect to modifying the Shelter at Home order. Within the legal framework of the Statewide executive order to stay home except for essential needs and based on available data, the County has allowed the following business sectors to resume operations, beginning on April 20, 2020:

1)Non-urgent surgery and outpatient practice
2)All construction  
3)Dog grooming  
4)Recreational fishing  

According to SLO County Public Health Officer Penny Borenstein non-urgent surgery will resume in the coming weeks as she provided approval to move forward with non-urgent surgeries when hospitals are ready. In consultation with County Planning Director, Trevor Keith, the decision has been made to allow all construction to move forward and the County will resume issuing of building permits. Pet grooming, both mobile and in-house, fall under essential animal care and may resume following the guidance of County Animal Services Manager, Eric Anderson. Recreational fishing, via personal boat and/or rented boats and private charters are allowed.  Fishing suppliers may conduct sales through curbside pickup or deliver/shipping.

The City of Morro Bay, in conformance with the County’s modification of the Shelter at Home order, will allow those same activities to proceed in Morro Bay under strict adherence to social distancing.  The City will also reopen the public boat launch ramp for SLO County residents beginning the morning of Wednesday, April 22, 2020.   The fish cleaning station will remain closed.  Participants in all approved activities must follow the County’s appropriate physical distancing, face covering and protective personal equipment (PPE) guidelines, which are in line with the CDC and California Department of Public Health guidelines.  

“We appreciate the community’s patience during the shelter at home order,” said Mayor John Headding.  “The County is methodically reviewing opportunities to slowly and safely reopen our community, making each decision based upon science and data.  We commit to keeping the community informed of these decisions and their implications for Morro Bay.”  

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