SLO County orders establishments to temporarily stop serving alcohol

March 16, 2020


San Luis Obispo County issued an executive order today asking bars, restaurants and wineries to stop serving alcohol during the upcoming Saint Patrick’s Day holiday, specifically from 5 p.m. on March 16 through 12:01 p.m.on March 18, to help combat the spread of the coronavirus.

“We need to take immediate action to slow the spread of the virus over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday, and to limit large gatherings in public serving spaces,” said SLO County Administrator Wade Horton.

On Sunday, a third San Luis Obispo County resident tested positive for the coronavirus, a public defender who lives in Nipomo. Currently, multiple local attorneys and members of the legal community are in self quarantine.

As of March 14, there are a total of 335 positive cases and six deaths in California. This total does not include passengers from the Grand Princess cruise ship currently docked in Oakland.

Ages of all confirmed positive cases in California:

Age 0-17: 6 cases
Age 18-64: 210 cases
Age 65+: 116 cases
Unknown: 3 cases

In San Luis Obispo County, three residents have tested positive for the virus: a North County resident who is over 65 years of age, and a Nipomo husband and wife who are both under 60 years of age.

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“…San Luis Obispo County issued an executive order today asking bars…”

Notice the term “asking” rather than “instructing” or “directing.”

That’s likely because SLO County Administrator Wade Horton knows he has no real power and no legal authority to issue an “Executive Order” and he either is attempting a power grab or he has been told to try this so the mayor or council doesn’t have look bad.

The CAO has the authority to issue the order under the government code and failure to follow it is an arrestable misdemeanor under a county ordinance section. But the police are not going to arrest you. They will write a report and shoot video of businesses failing to comply and then the city or county will suspend the business license for the establishment.

Good luck getting anyone to answer a Jury Summons. I won’t.

Since when does Wade Horton have the power to issue executive orders. 3 positive tests and Wade Horton wants to shut the doors to the party? What’s next?

And I thought I was living in America!

If these overreacting municipalities don’t keep the restrictions and event cancelling going until the virus is completely gone what will all this be for?…I hope they are prepared to go a year or more…if not they had better back off now and live and let live…most people are beating this illness…what is San Luis Obispo and the likes of the NBA going to do next season?….

Oops I misunderstood the time range. I think they have it covered.

There is a huge flaw in this plan. The biggest crowds on St Patricks Day begin at 6am. It’s a sh*t show in the morning. Literally thousands kids wasted on Higuera.

I never understood the 6am thing. When I was a college student someone asked if I wanted to go at that time. The answer was a definite no.

I believe….

Wade Horton is not an elected official

Wade Horton cannot issue ‘executive’ orders

Wade Horton doesn’t realize that on sale liquor licenses are controlled by the State not the County

If a business violates this so called executive order what is Wade Horton going to do about it

If Wade Horton has this much power than he can executive order that all grocery stores cease business

I know Wade Horton means well but this is still the USA we can’t let none elected officials dictate orders…

We have enough elected officials controlling every aspect of our lives as it is.

So are you advocating we all go out and drink on St. Patrick’s day and put our neighbors at risk?

Or is it just the fact you’re being told to do it? Or perhaps you just don’t “believe” any of it?

Anyway you slice it; You are going to have a tough few weeks ahead.

Nothing compared to what county supervisors just pulled in Champaign, Illinois: Violating parts of the Open Meetings Act

Ban sale of firearms and ammunition

Ban sale of any alcohol

Closing of all bars, taverns, liquor stores, etc

Ban sale or giving away of gasoline or other liquid flammable or combustible products in any container other than a gasoline tank permanently fixed to a motor vehicle

Direct the shutoff of power, water, gas, etc

Take possession of private property and obtain full title to same

Prohibit or restrict ingress and egress to and from the City

Very well said. You shan’t be shot this time! ;-)

So they are being asked to stop serving alcohol but they can stay open? not sure I understand the no alcohol part, are they thinking if places don’t serve alcohol less people will eat out?