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SLO County moves to least restrictive tier ahead of June 15 reopening

Courtesy of: San Luis Obispo County Public Health
San Luis Obispo County moved to the orange tier April 28, 2021.

San Luis Obispo County announced it is moving into the least restrictive yellow tier of the state’s color-coded reopening system June 9 at 8 a.m.

Moving to the least restrictive tier means a larger capacity for many businesses including gyms, movie theaters, wineries, breweries and more.

“I commend everyone who has worked hard to help us reach this milestone, and I encourage everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated so we can put this pandemic fully in the past,” Dr. Penny Borenstein, public health officer said in a press release.

Restaurants can now open to 50% capacity and bars that don’t serve food can have a 25% capacity indoors or 100 people maximum.

For residents, up to 25 people can gather indoors and outdoor gathings can have a maximum capacity of 50 people.

These reopenings come just ahead of the June 15 date when most COVID-19 restrictions will end. However, Gov. Gavin Newsom has said he will not lift the coronavirus state of emergency.

Newsom first declared a state of emergency March 4, 2020 and continuing it means California can be federally reimbursed for pandemic-related expenses. It also allows Newsom to suspend state laws or impose new rules.

For more information about reopening guidelines, visit the County Public Health website.

Lauren Walike joined KCBX as its news manager in February 2021. In addition to her KCBX work, Lauren also serves as news director for KCPR-FM, Cal Poly’s student-run radio station, and digital director of Mustang Media Group, Cal Poly’s student-run news organization. She will graduate from Cal Poly’s Honors Program in June 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in journalism with minors in Integrated Marketing Communications and Media Arts, Society and Technology.