With SLO County’s COVID-19 cases down, restaurants could reopen next week

February 24, 2021

With COVID-19 new new cases rapidly plummeting in San Luis Obispo County, it is likely indoor dining at restaurants will resume next week.

In order for restaurants, hair and nail salons and gyms to resume indoor activities, the county is required to meet red tier metrics for two weeks. The county met the red tier metrics last week.

If the number of cases continues to decline or remain stable, SLO County will move into the less restrictive red tier next week.

During the past two days, SLO County reported 42 new cases, bringing the county’s total to 19,500 since the beginning of the pandemic. Of those, 221 have died.

There are 22 SLO County residents in the hospital receiving treatment for the virus, with eight in intensive care units.

Cases by area

  • Paso Robles – 3,859
  • San Luis Obispo – 3,660
  • California Men’s Colony (inmates) – 2,377
  • Atascadero – 1,817
  • Nipomo – 1,467
  • Arroyo Grande – 1,375
  • Grover Beach – 803
  • Oceano – 669
  • Templeton – 589
  • San Miguel – 481
  • Los Osos – 446
  • Morro Bay – 400
  • Cal Poly (campus residents) – 341
  • Pismo Beach – 309
  • Atascadero State Hospital (patients) – 206
  • Cambria – 174
  • Shandon – 138
  • Santa Margarita – 128
  • Creston – 80
  • Cayucos – 68
  • Avila Beach – 27
  • San Simeon – 21
  • Bradley – 7

In Santa Barbara County, there have been 31,630 confirmed coronavirus cases and 398 deaths, according to the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department.

Cases by area:

    • Santa Maria — 10,681
    • Santa Barbara — 5,850
    • Lompoc — 3,302
    • Orcutt — 1,661
    • Lompoc Federal Prison — 1,086

As of Wednesday afternoon, there have been 3,530,294 positive cases, and 49,925 deaths in California.

More than 28,961,905 U.S. residents have tested positive for the virus, and 517,129 have died.

In addition, the number of people infected with the virus worldwide continues to increase: 113,049,505 cases with 2,505,899 dead.

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Hey, that’s great. Of course this will be for the small businesses who haven’t already closed.

An article on the time frame for when society and business “might” be back to normal.


Hooray! Now we can start ripping out those dangerous “parklets”, and resume using the streets for what SLO taxpayers paid to use them for.

BTW, with all this downtime, did Monterey St or the bottom of Higuera ever get repaired? No? Huh. Could have sworn Heidi told us all the infrastructure is a priority…

…or was it massive housing expansion with no extra water, sewage, or power?

I get those confused, as I often do whilst bouncing in and out of potholes.