What does the governor’s reopening plan mean for SLO County?

May 7, 2020

It appears San Luis Obispo County meets the criteria required to reopen restaurants with some restrictions sometime next week.

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced earlier today that all counties can move partially into phase two of his reopening plan on Friday. This will allow retail stores to open for curbside service, manufacturing to resume, and warehouses for retail merchandise to resume operations.

Counties that meet criteria including no deaths for 14 days, no more than one case per 10,000 people, and the ability to test and provide medical care to coronavirus patients will be permitted to open restaurants sometime next week. Newsom plans to release specifics regarding variations different counties can select on May 12.

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors called a special meeting for Friday, to discuss sending a letter to the state showing the county has met the requirements to move further into phase two.

On Thursday, the county confirmed three new cases of the virus: all in the North County.

Of the 211 confirmed coronavirus cases in SLO County, 167 individuals have recovered and one has died. Of those still suffering from the virus, there are five people in the hospital — with three in intensive care, and 38 recuperating at home.

Cases by city:

  • Paso Robles — 75
  • Atascadero — 34
  • Arroyo Grande — 19
  • San Luis Obispo — 17
  • Nipomo — 16
  • CMC — 11
  • San Miguel — 8
  • Templeton — 7
  • Pismo Beach — 7
  • Morro Bay — 6
  • Other county cases — 11

As of Thursday afternoon, there have been 61,945 positive cases and 2,555 deaths in California.

Currently, more than 1,2589,105 U.S. residents have tested positive for the virus, and 76,792 have died.

In addition, the number of people infected with the virus worldwide continues to increase: 3,905,532 cases with 270,124 dead.

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Let’s review Gavin Newsom’s record, shall we? In his campaign for governor, he pledged to honor the will of the people regarding the death penalty. In the same election in which he was elected, the people of California rejected a ballot initiative to abolish the death penalty and approved a ballot initiative to speed up the implementation of the death penalty. Shortly after taking office, Newsom issued his executive order halting implementation of the death penalty, in direct violation of the law. His oath of office as Governor states that he will see to it that the laws of the State of California are faithfully executed. The oath also includes the language that the office holder is taking the oath freely, and without purpose of evasion. Clearly Gavin Newsom never intended faithfully to execute the laws of the State of California, which means that he took his oath with a purpose of evasion, which invalidates the oath. He is a fraud and a charlatan.


Woodstock was held during a pandemic…what is wrong with us?….the Hong Kong flu swiftly killed thousands but we never shut down…..

Silence Dogood

Sadly, we are forced to obtain the blessing of King Gavin or he will revoke any business with a state license such as liquor, barber, beautician, etc. He has already done this in northern California.

The issue is the safety of the community. Our officials have created an extremely well designed plan with safety as the driving factor. Even with the threat of punishment by the governor, it is time for the COUNTY TO SIMPLY DO THE RIGHT THING. In this case, the right thing is to open business. I still do not see this as a right or left issue. The predicted impact far exceeded the actual cases across the country. So why would we hold flawed numbers so closely to our chest.

Ok County Board of Supervisors, your up and the bases are loaded. You have a chance for a grand slam this morning.


Not sure about it being an extremely well designed reopening plan. It’s ok for K-12 to go back into overcrowded classrooms at the very beginning of reopening but colleges are tbd in phase 4. They just want that tax money flowing and keep their political donors happy. It’s all about the benjamins!


Yuba, Sutter, and Modoc counties have rebelled against prima donna Governor Gruesomes draconian one size fits all approach and opened. SLO county should follow suit in light of the fact the infection rate is 0.053%, the hospitalization rate is 0.00125 and the death rate is 0.00025. Its time to end the suffering. The irreparably damage that has been bestowed on our children, our workers, and economy cannot be measured in percentages. The SLO CO. Board of Supervisors needs to follow suit, take immediate action, and end this shutdown NOW.

Ralph Snart

Screw it. I’ll take my chances.


Why are we waiting for a blessing from Gov. Newsom, Newsom disregards federal regulations and laws all the times when it suits him. He may think he has a better idea, he may disagree with the federal government’s position, may think they are wrong, or think the federal government is just to far removed to know what is right for CA or just feels his position is the right one. So our county officials should do the same thing, if they think we are ready go ahead and open businesses with guidelines they think are right and tell Newsom they disagree with him and feel they know what is the right thing to so for SLO county.


The county answers to the state. So, if the county decides to do it’s own thing (even with approval) future funding will be greatly diminished. Hence the reason barely anyone wants to take that risk.

kevin rise

Boy, anytime anyone posts facts here or go against the right wing extreme viewpoint, people downvote it on this forum, pretty sad and a bit scary to know many are probably my neighbors.