The first week of November marked the beginning of a new cleaning program across the downtown area of San Luis Obispo.
Greg Cruce, the maintenance operations manager for the city said a program that was developed before COVID-19 is now officially underway.
"What we're going to see is increased cleanliness of downtown," Cruce said. "The downtown vitality has always been an important city goal and with the onset of the pandemic that's even more important. we want visitors to feel safe when they come down here."
So, what can businesses, locals, and visitors expect? Cruce says sweeper and scrubber machines will be operated by city employees from 3 a.m. to around 8 a.m. five days a week mostly on areas of high pedestrian traffic along Monterey, Higuera, and Marsh Streets.
"In addition to the sidewalk sweeping and scrubbing, we have downtown disinfection and that's seven days a week and what that is between the downtown SLO and city streets department, we're going around and we're disinfecting city benches, pedestrian call signs, and news racks," Cruce said.
According to Cruce, the sidewalk sweeping and scrubbing is a permanent operation while the disinfecting efforts will be implemented as long as it's needed. In addition, signs promoting face coverings will also be posted throughout the downtown area.