Indoor dining and hair care reopening soon in SLO County

February 11, 2021

If San Luis Obispo County continues to have low coronavirus positivity rates, multiple businesses can either reopen or relax restrictions as the county moves from the purple to the red tier as soon as next week, said Dr. Penny Borenstein, SLO County’s public health officer.

In California’s red tier, nail salons, movie theaters and gyms can reopen. It also allows for indoor restaurant dining and hair care.

After two weeks in the red tier, school districts can reopen K-12 schools.

During the past two days, 101 people have tested positive for the  coronavirus in SLO County, bringing the county’s total to 18,889 since the beginning of the pandemic. Of those, 205 have died and 17,676 have recovered.

There are 36 SLO County residents in the hospital receiving treatment for the virus, with nine in intensive care units.

Cases by area

  • Paso Robles – 3,714
  • San Luis Obispo – 3,523
  • California Men’s Colony (inmates) – 2,372
  • Atascadero – 1,753
  • Nipomo – 1,409
  • Arroyo Grande – 1,334
  • Grover Beach – 769
  • Oceano – 645
  • Templeton – 561
  • San Miguel – 461
  • Los Osos – 431
  • Morro Bay – 379
  • Cal Poly (campus residents) – 337
  • Pismo Beach – 301
  • Atascadero State Hospital (patients) – 205
  • Cambria – 165
  • Shandon – 133
  • Santa Margarita – 122
  • Creston – 80
  • Cayucos – 66
  • Avila Beach – 26
  • San Simeon – 21
  • Bradley – 7

In Santa Barbara County, there have been 30,502 confirmed coronavirus cases and 366 deaths, according to the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department.

Cases by area, these numbers are from Santa Barbara County’s reporting:

    • Santa Maria — 10,372
    • Santa Barbara — 5,576
    • Lompoc — 3,193
    • Orcutt — 1,599
    • Lompoc Federal Prison — 1,079

As of Thursday evening, there have been 3,443,360 positive cases, and 45,971 deaths in California.

More than 28,002,240 U.S. residents have tested positive for the virus, and 486,922 have died.

In addition, the number of people infected with the virus worldwide continues to increase: 108,282,208 cases with 2,377,285 dead.

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Oh goody. Ridiculous.

When it comes to many of these businesses, they’ve closed permanently. It’s not like they can just hang around waiting. The food industry deals on a razor thin profit margin as it is, so they just close. The state has wiped out hundreds of thousands of lives and destroyed countless more. For many, it’s too little too late.

I do not know if anyone realizes the extreme impact this yo-yo causes to businesses. In many cases they lose employees and have to hire new people, train them, etc. Then they have to redo/transform their inside-outside facilities. At this point they do not know when/how/how much they will be able to accommodate.

I cannot comprehend the unseen impact there is to these businesses. Its like driving your car up to 100 miles and hour, slamming on the brakes to zero and then do it over and over again. Something is going to give out soon. GOOD LUCK to all of them!

Yeppers, and the cost to landlords, rent forgiveness, bad debts, vacancy with its releasing delays, leasing commissions, tenant improvements, rent concessions to the new tenant. We can help by visiting our local favorites, ordering and tipping generously, and yes, by wearing masks, washing hands, staying home if ill, and eating outside in the cold or in our car, if necessary. Its not the dining experience we may desire but let’s keep our favorites in business.

Agreed, nothing polarizing about stepping up locally like Ww2, we need to embrace local vs global. Honey, wine, produce, art, crafts, furniture, JandR meats, butchers, Farmers Markets, we started small and local and shouldn’t forget. Atascadero Rotunda Building has famous quotes about this on the top spire. At least we got something right… we have a good home, we got too cozy piggy backing off rich folks and tourism, and lost many. The bread and butter matter most, us locals.