SLO extends mortuary hours to deal with COVID-19 deaths

January 9, 2021

In response to a surge in COVID-19 deaths in San Luis Obispo County, the city of SLO is allowing mortuaries to increase their hours of operations to handle the workload increase.

Both the Wheeler Smith Mortuary and Reis Family Mortuary asked to have their hours extended. SLO City Manager Derek Johnson made the emergency proclamation on Thursday.

Current city zoning rules only allow crematory and mortuary businesses to operate from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays. With a surge in deaths from coronavirus in SLO County — 34 deaths in the past 14 days — mortuaries are falling behind.

Johnson plans to ask the SLO City Council to ratify his emergency proclamation at its meeting on Jan. 12.

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So the County is suing the State to end the lockdown while the city of SLO is expanding the hours that mortuaries can do business!!!

The other day picked up some fast food in a drive thru ….parked in restaurant parking lot to eat it ….saw smoke sometimes large quantities spewing from a chimney ….I thought they have a large fireplace … I read sign on building It was a cremation business …ruined my appetite kinda bummed me out too

Ugh! That’s terrible!

How on Earth did we get to a point when the City can dictate during which hours a private business can operate?