SLO County restricts hotel occupancy, campground availability

May 15, 2020

San Luis Obispo County Public Health Officer Penny Borenstein and Administrator Wade Horton passed an executive order on Friday limiting all hotels to 50 percent occupancy and county owned campgrounds to residents only in an attempt to reduced new coronavirus cases.

In order to open restaurants for indoor dining and to remove curbside pickup for retail, the county cannot have more than 28 new cases of coronavirus in 14 days, according to benchmarks set by Gov. Gavin Newsom. In an attempt to reduce infections from hotel guests primarily in Pismo Beach, the county passed the executive order limiting all guests at local hotels.

However, during the past two weeks, Pismo Beach has had only one new coronavirus case, which was not related to an out-of-town guest. Countywide, there were 59 new cases, with 35 of those in Paso Robles.

In 14 days, the county will revisit the executive order limiting hotel occupancy limits.

During the past two days, eight people in San Luis Obispo County have tested positive for the coronavirus: six in Paso Robles, one in Atascadero and one in Nipomo.

Of the 240 confirmed coronavirus cases in SLO County, 191 individuals have recovered and one has died. Of those still suffering from the virus, there are two people in the hospital in intensive care, and 46 recuperating at home.

Cases by city:

  • Paso Robles — 93
  • Atascadero — 37
  • Arroyo Grande — 21
  • Nipomo — 18
  • San Luis Obispo — 17
  • CMC — 11
  • Pismo Beach — 9
  • San Miguel — 8
  • Templeton — 8
  • Morro Bay — 6
  • Other county cases — 12

As of Friday afternoon, there have been 76,819 positive cases and 3,153 deaths in California.

Currently, more than 1,484,285 U.S. residents have tested positive for the virus, and 88,507 have died.

In addition, the number of people infected with the virus worldwide continues to increase: 4,628,824 cases with 308,655 dead.

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So the lodging facility crams all the occupied rooms into one area of the facility to facilitate housekeeping efficiency. How does this help? Might as well let the hotels and motels have full occupancy. Also, from the emergency ordinance, my numbering for clarity:

1) What is allowed?

a) Essential workers who need a place to stay while working in SLO County or traveling to/from essential work. This includes workers in health care, utilities, groceries, and more.

b) Protecting the homeless population

c) People who need to self-isolate or quarantine, and people who cannot stay in their own home because someone there needs to self-isolate or quarantine

d) People who are here to care for a vulnerable person (elderly, minor, dependent, person with disabilities or other vulnerable population) who lives in SLO County.

2) What is not allowed?

a) People traveling for fun, vacation, recreation or leisure

b) People planning optional trips to visit friends or family

c) Any purposes other than those outlined above


Well when you get elected leader of the 5th or 6th largest economy in the world you can institute your many directives.


Stupid “authorities” see clumps of people at the beaches and at the trailheads in Los Padres NF and freak out, “OMG, they are not social distancing!!! close everything!!!!!”. Never mind that the clumps of people are families living together in the same house anyway! Nobody ever thought of that. Fools.


California has gone mad as SLO County continues digging a deeper and deeper hole. The governor follows China’s example (communist China!) in deciding to lock down an entire state, declaring a never ending state of emergency. Free speech is stifled and no one bats an eye. Self righteous people hide behind masks and inform on their neighbors. Officials pick and choose the science that backs up their agenda and fan the flames of fear to cower an entire state. Now we have health officials directing economic policy. The self-imposed economic destruction these policies are causing will take years and years to correct, and in the meantime an entire generation will pay the price. It’s time to move on, move forward, be smart, stop being afraid! Smartly reopen now.


Our board of supervisors and their administration are incompetent. The Tribune posts pictures of people on Pismo Beach, and the supervisors say they will stop it. Who cares if no one caught the virus there, and it is a primary economic driver for the county.

Why not use a little science, who is getting the virus in Paso and how? But that would take a little critical thinking, and some gray matter between the ears.


Pretty obvious who is getting it and how but to point that out would be racist.


Conservatives who gather in parks to protest without masks are not a race.