SLO County to continue mask mandate, back in tier system

October 20, 2021

County Health Officer Penny Borenstein

By KAREN VELIE

San Luis Obispo County will continue to require people wear masks in public places until two benchmarks are met, the county health department announced Wednesday.

The health department will not lift the mask mandate until the county remains in the yellow tier or lower for at least 10 days, as determined by the CDC. And while the health department is reporting the county is currently in the substantial orange tier, the CDC places the county in the high red tier.

In addition, county COVID-19 hospitalizations need to be “low and stable and total hospital capacity sufficient to meet the needs of all patients, in the judgment of the County Health Officer Penny Borenstein.”

While requiring county residents meet the new requirements in order to end the mask mandate, Borenstein did not provide the required case counts and hospitalizations to get there.

“The COVID-19 case rate in SLO County is moving in the right direction and for that I thank the many residents and business owners who are actively complying with the indoor mask requirement and those who are making the decision to get vaccinated,” Borenstein said. “As this current surge begins to recede, now is the time to establish criteria we can collectively work toward to lift indoor masking requirements for many people in many settings.”


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Adam Trask

Mask up in public places where people congregate, use hand sanitizer afterward. It’s an incredibly effective regimen. I dropped my guard right after the mask mandate was pulled this summer and caught a cold. Not again. I’m a confirmed masker now.


JordanJ

I have also changed my habits, but because of asthma the masks cause attacks. While I am vaccinated, I wear a mask at the store, and I try to limit shopping.


Even after COVID is under control, I plan on limiting indoor dining and events during the cold and flu season. Also, I now pop vitamin D like candy and I have not had a cold since COVID started. But I will not wear a mask after this is over.


mazin

Get vaxxed, wear a mask indoors, OBEY THE LAW, simple.


mazin

Posters on this site are all about law enforcement, until it’s an inconvenience to them, then they become law breakers.


derasmus

No, don’t think that’s it.


Instead, I believe it has more to do with the righteous indignation of self proclaimed social media hall-monitors and a government that appears to moving the gold posts as it suits them. People are tired, and plumb worn out.


Zoiebowie

Good. The anti-maskers can continue to fume and believe their freedoms are being taken away while us reasonable folks will just continue to wear a mask and go wherever we want.


bjsbizniz

Don’t forget Reasonable folks , wearing masks in their car driving alone windows up etc… and they think they are free?


mazin

Perhaps they just decided to leave the mask on when running errands.