Update July 14 at 1:15 p.m. 

Local businesses should prepare for closures and restrictions in San Luis Obispo County, public health officials said. 

Beginning Wednesday or Thursday, gyms and fitness centers, places of worship, indoor protests, malls, hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, massage parlors, tattoo parlors and offices for noncritical infrastructure sectors will be ordered to close or operate outdoors, a county press release read. 

Restaurants can continue to offer outdoor seating, take-out and delivery, but must close indoor operations.

Wineries, tasting rooms, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums, and card-rooms can offer outdoor services but also must close indoor operations.

Bars, breweries, pubs and brewpubs must close indoor and outdoor operations.

“This is discouraging news and we need everyone in our community to do their part to slow the spread of COVID-19 so that we don’t have a surge in hospitalized cases here,” County Public Health Officer Dr. Penny Borenstein said.

Update 2:13 p.m. 

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced in a press conference that all counties must close indoor operations of restaurants, wineries, tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums, card-rooms and bars.

All counties on the monitoring list, including San Luis Obispo, are directed to close indoor operations of other business sectors, such as fitness centers, worship services, offices for non-critical sectors, personal care services, hair salons, barbershops and malls, Newsom said.

Original Story 

Due to an increase in coronavirus cases, San Luis Obispo County was added to California’s COVID-19 monitoring list this morning.  

If the county is on the monitoring list for three days, beach parking lots, bars and indoor operations will close, according to County Public Health officials.  

The state will also require restaurants, wineries, tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums and card-rooms to operate outside or by pick-up, according to California’s COVID-19 website.

In a coronavirus update this morning, Gov. Gavin Newsom said California will continue to adapt its stay-at-home order based on current data, trends and science.

“We’re moving back into a modification mode of our original stay-at-home order, but doing so utilizing what [is] commonly referred to as a dimmer switch, not an on and off switch,” Newsom said.  

In county hospitals, 65 percent of intensive care unit (ICU) beds are available and 92 percent of ventilators are available. There are currently 13 hospitalized COVID-19 patients, 4 of which remain in intensive care. 

San Luis Obispo County has distributed 1,179,000 procedure masks, 392,200 gloves, 353,820 N-95 respirators, 32,280 face shields and 16,160 gowns to hospitals as of Monday, July 13.

Five coronavirus-related deaths have been recorded countywide.

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