On Thursday, June 17 Cal OSHA adopted revised Emergency Temporary Standards, which govern COVID safety requirements in California workplaces, including the County. The new requirements will become effective by end of day Friday, June 18. The County’s revised safety protocols will be effective this Monday, June 21.
As we emerge from this challenging season of life, we could not be more impressed by our community and honored to serve our incredible, local businesses.
CDPH released updated Guidance for Face Coverings to align with CDC Guidance, which will go into effect on June 15, when the state reopens its economy and moves Beyond the Blueprint.
San Luis Obispo County has met the requirements to advance from the Orange Tier into the less restrictive Yellow Tier of the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, effective Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 8 a.m.
Buy your local gift cards now! The "Keep It Local" gift card program ends on June 15, to coincide with the potential re-opening of the state’s economy.
Today, U.S. Small Business Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzmanissued the following statement on the closure of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to new loan guaranty applications, which has provided over $798 billon in economic relief to small businesses and nonprofits across the nation, keeping employees employed and helping businesses come back stronger than ever.
San Luis Obispo County’s COVID-19 Phone Assistance Center (PAC) number is changing to 805-781-5500. This is the regular phone number for the Public Health Department.
$100 million competitive grant program to strengthen outreach to businesses in underserved communities enacted through the American Rescue Plan
$100 million grant program enacted through the American Rescue Plan Act, which will provide counseling, networking and the assistance needed during this time of economic recovery to the nation’s smallest businesses.
Beyond the Blueprint Questions & Answers
Beyond the Blueprint for Industry and Business Sectors - Effective June 15
Last Call: Administrator Guzman Announces Final Push for Restaurant Revitalization Fund Applications
Qualifying eating establishments should submit applications by the May 24th deadline
State, workplace and business rules continue to call for masking, especially indoors.
Appointments available at County community clinics and local pharmacies
First wave of approved restaurant applicants to receive vital American Rescue Plan funding just one week after the SBA opened for applications
Vaccine administration will continue through mobile, pop-up, and regular Public Health clinics
The SBA receives 186K applications; More than half of applications are from priority underserved business communities.
Today, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released the most recent statistics on COVID-19 and updates on the state’s pandemic response.
The County of San Luis Obispo is now accepting applications for mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinics. Organizations, businesses, and other groups are invited to apply to bring on-site vaccination for up to 200 people.
As California Surpasses 30 Million Vaccines, Governor Newsom Doubles Down on Efforts to Vaccinate Hard-to-Reach Communities
Today, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a series of initiatives building on the state’s work to vaccinate California’s hard-to-reach communities against COVID-19, address vaccine hesitancy and drive innovative efforts in the communities hardest hit by the pandemic.
County of San Luis Obispo vaccine clinics in Paso Robles and Arroyo Grande are now offering the COVID-19 vaccine without an appointment.
The County can now provide mobile vaccine clinics to come to your place of business for groups of 25-200.
Three COVID-19 vaccines have been authorized by the FDA for emergency use given the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic. Understand the benefits and risks to help you decide which vaccine is right for you.
SLO County resumes administration of safe, effective single-dose vaccine after thorough safety review by the CDC, FDA, and Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup
San Luis Obispo County has met the State’s metrics required to move from the Red Tier into the less restrictive Orange Tier of the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, effective Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 8 a.m.
SBA Administrator Guzman Announces Application Opening for $28.6 Billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund
Fund prioritizes direct relief to women, veterans, and socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, and includes $9.5 billion in set-asides for smaller businesses
The U.S. Small Business Administration will reopen the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application portal tomorrow, April 24, 2021, at 12:30 p.m. EDT for operators of live venues, live performing arts organizations, museums and movie theatres, as well as live venue promoters, theatrical producers and talent representatives to apply for critical economic relief.
More than one in every 100 SLO County residents received a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine yesterday at one of three County mass vaccination clinics.
The U.S. Small Business Administration launched a new round of Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) assistance – called Supplemental Targeted Advances – on April 22, 2021 that will provide $5 billion in additional assistance to 1 million small businesses and nonprofit organizations that have been most severely affected by the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
SBA is proud to announce partnerships with Clover ®, NCR Corporation, Square, and Toast in this groundbreaking effort to provide a customer-centric approach to the delivery of relief funds.
New voluntary COVID-19 testing service is scheduled to begin May 2 for inbound and outbound travelers, tenants, and personnel at the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport
County Public Health Department phases out its own appointment registry, transitions to My Turn
Today, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released the most recent statistics on COVID-19 and updates on the state’s pandemic response.
Public Health officials encourage community members to snap a picture of their record card in case it gets lost or misplaced, but protect the information it holds by not sharing that photo with others via websites, apps or text messaging.
With the lack of seasonal rain this year, it is especially important that property owners reduce hazardous vegetation as soon as possible. Please clear all combustible vegetation, including dead leaves, weeds, brush, and tree limbs no later than May 1.
Governor Gavin Newsom today announced that he has signed legislation to create a statewide policy for the rehiring of workers laid-off by the pandemic, bolstering the state’s efforts to ensure an equitable recovery from the pandemic.
Today, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released the most recent statistics on COVID-19, including updated data and tiers for reducing COVID-19 in the state under the Blueprint for a Safer Economy.
Today, the state added an addendum to the Activity & Business Tiers Chart to provide businesses with opportunities to adopt higher capacities by increasing capacity limits in facilities or sections of facilities where all guests have been tested or are fully vaccinated.
After 6.8 million doses administered, CDC pauses vaccine to investigate 6 cases of rare blood clot
Hospitality Days: Vaccine Appointment Slots Specifically Available for SLO County Hospitality Employees
In an effort to get hospitality workers vaccinated, Visit SLO CAL and the County are partnering to coordinate large blocks of free vaccine appointment slots specifically for the tourism community.
Anyone age 16 and older is now eligible to sign up for the County’s COVID-19 vaccine registry.
As of April 2, nearly 62,000 people received a first dose at one of the County’s clinics and more than 24,000 are awaiting their second dose; these individuals should proactively book their second dose appointment when they are eligible.
As we reach 20 million vaccines administered and COVID-19 case rates and hospitalizations have stabilized, California is looking to move beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy to fully reopening our economy. On June 15, all industries across the state can return to usual operations with common-sense risk reduction measures such as masking and vaccinations.
Governor Newsom Outlines the State’s Next Step in the COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery, Moving Beyond the Blueprint
State aims to fully reopen on June 15, will continue to require masking and encourage all Californians to get vaccinated.
Today, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released the most recent statistics on COVID-19 and updates on the state's pandemic response.
Updates to gatherings, receptions, conferences, and indoor live events and performances are effective April 15. California's framework for loosening and tightening restrictions is governed by the level of COVID-19 spread.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) notified the County of San Luis Obispo Health Agency that a county resident tested positive for the B.1.1.7 variant of COVID-19, also known as the UK variant.
The California Public Health Department clarified yesterday its Guidance regarding who can observe youth sports, by releasing these Frequently Asked Questions. The County Public Health Department encourages all local youth sports organizations and schools to follow this updated guidance.
Local tenants and landlords can now apply for rental assistance through the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program. The program clears some accumulated rental debt, keeps the hardest-hit families in their homes, and will lead to a more equitable economic recovery.
On Saturday, March 13, the State updated its guidance for wineries, breweries and distilleries that don’t serve food.
More frontline workers and medically vulnerable residents can now get the vaccine in SLO County
Anyone who has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 now has new interim public health recommendations for safely visiting with each other or with unvaccinated people in private, non-healthcare settings, and how to approach isolation, quarantine and testing.
Tourism Officials and Labor Groups Call on Governor Newsom to Immediately Issue Guidelines for Business Meetings, Events and Conventions
In a letter to Governor Newsom released today signed by 134 tourism officials and labor groups, advocates said California is losing business and jobs to other states not just today but in 2022 and beyond because of the uncertainty caused by a lack of guidelines.
New Funding Rounds Announced for the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program. Funding will support small businesses and non-profits that have struggled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
San Luis Obispo County Moves Back to the Red Tier on Wednesday March 3, 2021.
Next week the county will switch to a lottery-based vaccine appointment system that requires people to register for vaccine appointments only once.
This week, Governor Newsom signed into law a comprehensive package of immediate actions that will speed needed relief to individuals, families, and businesses suffering the most significant economic hardship due to COVID-19.
Limited new appointments available tomorrow morning for residents age 65 and older to receive their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine next week
With the recent release of two COVID-19 vaccines, more misinformation is spreading online. County officials remind community members to look to trusted, credible sources for accurate information.
People 65+ are now eligible to receive the vaccine, worship services to resume indoors at 25% capacity, SLO County may move into the Red Tier as early as next week.
Due to limited vaccine supply, the County is temporarily pausing operations at the Paso Robles and Arroyo Grande vaccine clinics next week. All appointments will take place at the Cuesta College location in San Luis Obispo from February 8 to February 12.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) team of meteorologists is forecasting a series of winter storms over the next several days. PG&E is encouraging customers to be prepared and have a plan in case of weather-related power outages.
California Public Health Officials have lifted the Regional Stay at Home Order for all regions in California. Announced on Jan 25, San Luis Obispo County reverts back to the Purple Tier.
SLO County Medical Reserve Corps needs volunteers to help with vaccine distribution and contact tracing
The SLO County Medical Reserve Corps is looking for volunteers to help with vaccine distribution and contact tracing.
Chamber Partners with Paso Robles City to Launch Propane Reimbursement Program for Downtown Businesses
Paso Robles City Council allocated $100,000 towards the purchase of propane as part of the Recovery Program to assist local businesses with providing outdoor public spaces, subject to State and County health orders.
At the recommendation of the local Vaccine Task Force based on current vaccine supply and risk of serious outcomes from COVID-19, adults 75 years and older can get a COVID-19 vaccination by appointment at one of two clinics in SLO County starting Monday, January 18.
Updates to COVID-19 business funding opportunities from the SBA, SBDC, and the State of California.
Thousands of health care workers are getting vaccinated in SLO County, and in February we hope to expand vaccinations to older adults and some essential workers. Don’t wait to isolate. COVID-19 transmission is surging here in SLO County.
The County Public Health Department is planning to vaccinate even more local frontline health care workers after nearly tripling its COVID-19 vaccine supply this week. The County now has over 7,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines available.
The State extended its Regional Stay at Home Order for the Southern California Region, which includes San Luis Obispo County, on Tuesday.
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The Paso Robles Joint Union School District announced yesterday that it will not be providing meals to students during the three-week winter break. The City of Paso Robles has compiled Food Resource information for those in need of food during the closure and beyond.
Local hospital workers and long-term care facility residents and staff will be among the first to receive a COVID-19 vaccination in a matter of days. Due to limited supplies, the County is taking a phased approach to vaccine distribution over the coming weeks and months.
On December 11th the Council voted to continue the City’s current approach for assisting individuals and businesses throughout the community cope with the challenges imposed by the pandemic.
After extensive public comment and discussion, the Paso Robles City Council voted last night on their intention to “maintain the purple tier restriction levels” of the State’s COVID-19 guidelines. The City Council’s direction was to emphasize education over enforcement.However, the Council placing the City in the purple tier is an unclear action in regard to State enforcement.
The State’s Regional Stay Home Order instructs Californians to stay at home as much as possible and to stop mixing between households that can lead to COVID-19 spread. It allows access to critical services and allows outdoor activities to preserve Californians’ physical and mental health. The Regional Stay Home Order will help stop the surge and prevent overwhelming regional ICU capacity.
Beginning this week in San Luis Obispo County, close contacts of those with COVID-19 have two options for quarantine period from the last date of exposure: 14 days, or 10 days for those who are asymptomatic and don’t work in a high-risk setting.
Along with neighboring Chambers and our local Wine Associations, we formally submitted a letter on Saturday, December 5, to the State advocating for an exemption from the Southern California Region and the Stay-At-Home Order.
Last week the State announced a package of assistance for small businesses impacted by COVID-19, including $500 million in grants. Businesses can sign up here to receive an update when the programs are launched. The assistance programs include tax relief and recovery loans through the California Rebuilding Fund.
Upon assessment of the recent, unprecedented rise in the rate of increase in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and test positivity rates across California, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is taking immediate actions to prevent the spread of the virus.
Regional Stay-at-Home Order - Governor's Briefing notes 12/3/2020
The We Are the Care Initiative, in collaboration with key business and local chambers of commerce in San Luis Obispo County, is proud to announce the launch of an online Family- Friendly Workplace Toolkit.
The State of California issued a statewide limited Stay at Home Order requiring that non-essential work, movement, and gatherings stop between 10 PM and 5 AM in counties in the purple tier, which includes San Luis Obispo County.
County health officials ask community members to avoid making a COVID-19 test appointment at a free clinic for travel related reasons unless the individual has symptoms or believes they have been exposed to COVID-19.
As of today all County COVID-19 testing sites are booked until next Tuesday. Please go to an urgent care testing site or contact your physician if you have symptoms.
San Luis Obispo, CA — County Health Officer Dr. Penny Borenstein today issued new COVID-19 guidelines for safely celebrating Thanksgiving this year as COVID-19 spreads at a faster rate in SLO County.
The County of San Luis Obispo has moved back into the Tier 1 (Purple) on Monday, November 16, meaning that our county must resume outdoor-only operations or reduced capacity for indoor operations effective Tuesday, November 17.
Tune in for a live panel discussion with San Luis Obispo County’s local health officer and local school officials regarding the expectations and challenges for when SLO County students return to the classroom, and for tips for keeping classrooms open as we navigate this global pandemic.
SLO county has met the health metrics to stay in the less restrictive Red Tier in the state's Blueprint for a Safer Economy, but COVID-19 case counts continue to fluctuate, with asignificant number of those cases originating in the Paso Robles zip code area.
Calling all crafting and sewing community members: we need your help making cloth face masks for our SLO County neighbors!
The Workforce Development Board of San Luis Obispo (WDB SLO) County has established the COVID-19 Small Business Grant Fund in order to support local small business employers experiencing economic stress as a result of COVID-19.
California Public Health Officials Release Guidance and Updates to State’s Blueprint for a Safe Economy
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today released new guidance and made updates to the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, a central component of state’s plan to fight COVID-19.
As many people in the United States begin to plan for fall and winter holiday celebrations, the CDC offers these considerations to help protect individuals and their families, friends, and communities from COVID-19. These considerations are meant to supplement—not replace—any state, local, territorial, or tribal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations with which holiday gatherings must comply.
The California Public Health Department released updated guidance for private gatherings.
According to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), now that San Luis Obispo County has been in the red tier for longer than two weeks, K-12 schools can reopen for in-person instruction.
The Wonderful Company Announces $500,000 Expansion of its COVID-19 Relief Fund to the CA Wine Region
Company Extends Previously Announced $1 Million Relief Fund and Opens Submissions for the JUSTIN and Landmark Community Grants
The Paso Robles Fire Department and Building Department have put together the attached documents to serve as guidance for restaurants as we begin to move into colder evenings.
The County of San Luis Obispo has moved into the Tier 2 (Red), meaning that our county can move further into re-opening effective immediately.
As of August 31, 2020, counties in the purple tier may open some businesses and activities with modifications, including all retail, shopping centers at maximum 25% capacity, and hair salons and barbershops indoors.