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State Issues Limited Stay at Home Order from Nov. 21 to Dec. 21

State Issues Limited Stay at Home Order from Nov. 21 to Dec. 21

State Issues Limited Stay at Home Order from Nov. 21 to Dec. 21

Order prohibits “non-essential” work, movement and gatherings from 10 PM to 5 AM

San Luis Obispo, CA — 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.

The order will take effect at 10 p.m. Saturday, November 21 and remain in effect until 5 a.m. December 21.

“The State’s limited stay at home order is disappointing,” said Dr. Penny Borenstein, County Health Officer. “However, we don’t expect this to severely impact SLO County community at this time as most routine activities do not occur between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Now it’s moreimportant than ever to stay positive, have patience with those around you, and continue to do your best to decrease transmission locally.”

This limited Stay at Home Order is designed to reduce opportunities for disease transmission. Activities conducted during 10 PM to 5 AM are often non-essential and more likely related to social activities and gatherings that have a higher likelihood of leading to reduced inhibition and reduced likelihood for adherence to safety measures like wearing a face covering and maintaining physical distance.


“The virus is spreading at a pace we haven’t seen since the start of this pandemic and the next several days and weeks will be critical to stop the surge. We are sounding the alarm,” Governor Newsom said in the State’s news release announcing the order. “It is crucial that we act to decrease transmission and slow hospitalizations before the death count surges. We’ve done it before and we must do it again.”

While COVID-19 is spreading at a faster rate in SLO County, the disease does not seem to be as severe here compared to other counties in California. Most cases in SLO County are mild and on the road to recovery. Local health officials continue to monitor severity of the disease and indicators such as hospitalizations and deaths to determine the severity of the disease.

For updates on COVID-19 in SLO County, visit or call the recorded Public Health Information Line at (805) 788-2903. A staffed phone assistance center at (805) 543-2444 is available Monday - Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to assist with questions related to COVID-19.


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