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Coronavirus impact on business, testing, and face masks are focus of May's Good Morning SLO

Posted at 7:51 AM, May 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-28 10:51:18-04

After back to back cancellations in March and April due to the coronavirus restrictions, the May edition of Good Morning SLO is taking place this morning in a different way than usual.

Thursday's installment of Good Morning SLO, a monthly breakfast program where ideas are shared, will engage participants virtually and this month's topic is none other than the virus.

Unlike events past, participants are invited to ask questions of the 5-person panel of guest speakers.

One panelist, Creative Meditation's Samantha Watkins, will discuss the controversial topic of face coverings and how to find common ground between mask wearers and mask opponents.

"How can you express yourself to say I really need you to wear a mask because without it being a political message or an attack and you feeling like you need to be defensive," San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce Pres. and CEO Jim Dantona said. "And potentially there are people out there who can't wear masks and we need to be OK with that and say I'm going to wear a mask because they can't. I'm hoping the conversation is how to do we interact as people without it turning into a conflict."

Dr. Aydin Nazmi, the chair of the medical panel behind San Luis Obispo County's reopening plan, will share what we've learned about COVID-19 and what may lay ahead.

Jessi Norris, the French Hospital nurse who shared her story on KSBY last month, will share her experience working the front lines in New York City.

Dr. Kevin Ferguson, a member of SLO and Santa Barbara Counties medical boards, will share insights on testing.

And finally, Gymanzo Co-owner Paden Hughes will offer exercises on creating a healthy mindset to navigate this health crisis.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased on the San Luis Obispo Chamber website. Coastal Peaks Coffee and SLO Provisions are offering coffee and pastry deals to virtual attendees.

The event was slated to begin at 8 a.m.