SLO Co. gets state approval to further reopen restaurants, retail

Two new coronavirus cases reported Wednesday
Posted at 1:26 PM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 23:52:48-04

San Luis Obispo County has received approval from the State of California to move further into Stage 2 of the governor's Resilience Roadmap.

That means restaurants will be allowed to offer dine-in service and retail businesses can open for in-store shopping.

On Tuesday, county officials submitted a revised attestation form to the California Department of Public Health, requesting the ability to further reopen the economy. This came after Governor Gavin Newsom relaxed the criteria counties would need to meet in order to be approved for the next step of reopening.

San Luis Obispo County reported two new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the county's total to 249 as of May 20.

Three people are hospitalized, including two patients who are in the ICU.

Health officials say 23 people are recovering at home and 222 people have recovered.

San Luis Obispo County has had one death attributed to COVID-19.

The health department reports that a total of 7,766 coronavirus tests have been conducted at both the public health lab and at private labs to date.

Two free coronavirus testing clinics are open in San Luis Obispo County -- in Grover Beach and Paso Robles. Appointments are required. To make an appointment, visit or call 1-888-634-1123.

For more information on the county's COVID-19 response, visit