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SLO Co. lifts order limiting lodging occupancy

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Posted at 8:42 PM, Jun 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-05 23:42:22-04

San Luis Obispo County Health Officer Dr. Penny Borenstein announced at a news conference on Friday that the county is lifting its order that limited lodging occupancy at hotels, motels, campgrounds, RV parks, and vacation rentals.

The order was put into place on May 17 in anticipation of a busy Memorial Day weekend.

Dr. Borenstein said the goal was to keep the county's rate of coronavirus infection low by limiting out-of-town visitors.

However, Dr. Borenstein said the order fell short of its intent and a large number of people visited the county over a few busy weekends.

After waiting to see what the impact was on the county's COVID-19 case count, she said there was no surge in cases, so the order was rescinded.

The county also lifted an order restricting visitors and non-essential personnel from hospitals and certain types of licensed residential facilities. A new order was issued that continues visitation restrictions at skilled nursing facilities.

"COVID-19 is also known to be especially dangerous at skilled nursing facilities, causing high rates of serious illness and fatalities," said County Health Officer Dr. Penny Borenstein in a statement released Friday afternoon. "For this reason, we continue to restrict visitors to skilled nursing facilities."

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