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Friday, January 15, 2021
COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Expands to 75+ Starting Monday

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.

Monday, January 11, 2021
COVID-19 California Small Business Funding Resources

Updates to COVID-19 business funding opportunities from the SBA, SBDC, and the State of California.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021
COVID-19 Key Messages

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.

Wednesday, December 30, 2020
More SLO County Health Care Workers to Get COVID-19 Vaccine as Supply Triples

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.

Tuesday, December 29, 2020
State’s Regional Stay at Home Order Remains in Effect in SLO County

The State extended its Regional Stay at Home Order for the Southern California Region, which includes San Luis Obispo County, on Tuesday.

Tuesday, December 22, 2020
County Seeking COVID Clerical Support & Bilingual Contact Tracers

Link to Job Opportunities

Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Community Food Distribution Information for Paso Robles

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.

Monday, December 14, 2020
How Will COVID-19 Vaccines Get Distributed in SLO County?

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.

Friday, December 11, 2020
Council Provides Direction Regarding Public Health Orders

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.

Friday, December 11, 2020
COVID-19 Update | City Council Highlights

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.

Thursday, December 10, 2020
SLO County FAQ Regarding Regional Stay at Home

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.

Wednesday, December 9, 2020
County Public Health Department Allows 10-Day Quarantine Option for Some

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.

Monday, December 7, 2020
Will Governor Newsom Change the Map?

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.

Monday, December 7, 2020
California COVID-19 Funding & Financial Resources

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.

Thursday, December 3, 2020
Regional Stay At Home Order

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.

Thursday, December 3, 2020
Regional Stay-at-Home Order - Governor's Briefing notes 12/3/2020

Regional Stay-at-Home Order - Governor's Briefing notes 12/3/2020

Wednesday, November 25, 2020
My Community Partners Launch New Family-Friendly Workplace Toolkit for Employers & Families

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.

Friday, November 20, 2020
State Issues Limited Stay at Home Order from Nov. 21 to Dec. 21

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.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020
County Officials Encourage At-Home COVID-19 Tests Before Thanksgiving

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.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020
All County COVID-19 Testing Sites Booked Until 11/24

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.

Monday, November 16, 2020
County Health Officer Issues COVID-19 Guidance for a Safer Thanksgiving

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.

Monday, November 16, 2020
County Moved Back Into Widespread Tier 1 (Purple)

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.

Monday, November 9, 2020
Returning to School Safely

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.

Tuesday, November 3, 2020
SLO County Remains in the Red Tier

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.

Friday, October 30, 2020
SLO County Mask Drive

Calling all crafting and sewing community members: we need your help making cloth face masks for our SLO County neighbors!

Friday, October 23, 2020
COVID-19 Small Business Grant Program Accepting Applications

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.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
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.

Monday, October 19, 2020
Holiday Celebration Considerations by the CDC

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.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
State Releases Updated COVID-19 Guidance for Private Gatherings

The California Public Health Department released updated guidance for private gatherings.

Friday, October 9, 2020
COVID-19 FAQs Related to K-12 School Reopenings

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.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020
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

Thursday, October 1, 2020
Updated Outdoor Dining Guidance for the Winter

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.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
SLO County Now Moved into Red Tier 2

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.

Friday, August 28, 2020
New Phased Reopening Process Released

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.

Friday, August 21, 2020
Write Newsom to Allow Indoor Seating

Write a letter to Governor Newsom asking to allow indoor seating.

Monday, August 17, 2020
Prepare for Statewide Blackouts

Rolling blackouts are expected to be imposed by the California Independent System Operator (ISO) that manages the electric grid throughout California and the western United States.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Considerations for Outdoor Dining During COVID 19 State Order

This guide is intended to provide considerations for Cities or Food Facility Operators who have questions about setting up outdoor dining areas during the COVID-19 Recovery Stages.

Friday, August 7, 2020
Up to $10,000 Micro-grants Available for Small Businesses

The City of Paso Robles is using federal CARES Act funds to create a COVID-19 Small Business Grant Program. Deadline to apply is August 23, 2020.

Thursday, July 23, 2020
Update: Street Lane Permits & Closures

Beginning on Friday, July 24 the City of Paso Robles will integrate on-street dining around the town square. Permit quick-help guide included.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Sidewalk Permits - Outdoor Seating Update

A quick-help guide for the new temporary permitting policy updated to help local businesses survive the recent State order to close indoor dining and tasting room services.

Monday, July 13, 2020
New Statewide & County Restrictions

San Luis Obispo County was added to the State's County Monitoring list today, July 13th.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Paso Robles River Fire Contained

Paso Robles River Fire contained, evacuation order to be lifted at 3pm.

Monday, June 22, 2020
UPDATE: Paso Robles Fire Evacuations

The evacuation has been ordered in the area bound by S. River Rd, Navajo Rd, Union Rd, and Walnut/Bolen Dr. There are two evacuation assembly points in Paso Robles.

Monday, June 22, 2020
URGENT: Paso Robles Evacuations

Residents of Paso Robles are being asked to evacuate in the Navajo, Creston, Shannon Hill, Elm, Walnut, Capital Hill areas of Paso Robles due to a fire that began in the Salinas Riverbed. Evacuations expanded to Rolling Hill, Montbello Oaks, Kleck, all the way to Hwy 46.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Street Closures - Outdoor Seating Update

City Council staff, downtown businesses, and other stakeholders will work to implement a pilot program of Downtown street closures in an effort to help local businesses survive the recent State order to close indoor dining and tasting room services. Council directed staff to pursue half-street or one-way street closures with safety barriers.

Monday, June 15, 2020
Watch List Restriction Update

Tomorrow marks the third consecutive day that San Luis Obispo County has appeared on the State's watch list for its COVID-19 case rate. Until further notice, the California Department of Public Health has ordered the closure of several industries in San Luis Obispo County.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020
UPDATE: Shelter in Place Lifted

The shelter in place has been lifted as of 3PM today, June 10. The SLO County Sheriff's Office and Paso Robles Police Department tell residents to remain out of the downtown. They are still processing the 5 shooting sites throughout Paso Robles.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020
URGENT: Paso Robles PD Issues Shelter in Place

Residents in the downtown area of Paso Robles are being asked to shelter-in-place as law enforcement searches for an active shooter suspect. Searching for one suspect, who is considered armed and dangerous.

Friday, May 22, 2020
Add Your Business to the PasoStrong Self-Certified List

The County of San Luis Obispo created a self-certification form and "Open and Safe" signage for all businesses to utilize as they are allowed to re-open. The Chamber is compiling a list of self-certified businesses to be posted on

Thursday, May 21, 2020
SLO County Entering Later Stage 2

SLO County can safely enter later Stage 2 of the State's Resilience Roadmap. Later Stage 2 includes dine-in restaurants and destination retail, and in-person office work.

Monday, May 4, 2020
COVID-19 Testing Center Opens in Paso Robles

The state public health office set up a COVID-19 testing site at the Paso Robles Veteran's Center.

Friday, May 1, 2020
County Releases Reopening Guidelines

SLO County released their phased reopening guidelines today, May 1st at 3:15 P.M.

Saturday, April 25, 2020
Notice: PPP Resumes

The SBA will resume accepting Paycheck Protection Program applications from participating lenders on Monday, April 27, 2020 at 10:30AM EDT.

Thursday, April 16, 2020
Urgent SBA Update & Town Hall Webinar Recap

The EIDL and PPP applications are paused as of 10 a.m. April 16. Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, for sole proprietors and independent contractors applications, will be available starting April 28.

Sunday, March 22, 2020
CARES Act Federal Relief Package

A brief breakdown of the most relevant information for our community concerning the CARES Act. This includes funds for individuals and small businesses.

Friday, March 20, 2020
Working from Home Guidance and Suggestions

As of Thursday, March 19th at 5pm San Luis Obispo County has mandated a shelter at home ordinance until April 17th at 12:01pm.

Thursday, March 19, 2020
Announcing Chamber Partnership with 'GiftUp!' to Support Local Businesses

As part of our ongoing efforts to support our local businesses, the Chamber is pleased to announce a new partnership with ‘GiftUp!’, an online e-gift card platform to help develop supplemental cash flow.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020
SBA Disaster Relief Loans

San Luis Obispo County will be eligible for SBA loans this Friday, March 20. County officials have assured us that the SBA website will be updated accordingly. We recommend affected businesses get started on their applications NOW to get your loan processed as soon as possible.

Monday, March 16, 2020
COVID-19 Paso Robles Chamber Guidance and Resources

The Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce is committed to bringing you the resources you need in order to efficiently and effectively manage your business during COVID-19.

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