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SLO County unveils enforcement line to report violations of shelter-at-home order

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Posted at 3:38 PM, Mar 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-24 18:40:25-04

San Luis Obispo County on Tuesday launched an Enforcement Line for residents to report violations of the county's shelter-at-home orders.

Residents may call (805) 788-2222, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

At a press conference Tuesday afternoon, County Administrative Officer Wade Horton said the county is asking for voluntary compliance from businesses that have not been deemed essential services but added that if a business refuses, the county may take administrative or civil action.

The county says businesses refusing to comply with the shelter-at-home order may face a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 or six months in jail or both.

Horton added that all court operations have been suspended, except for what are considered the most critical matters, and no jurors will be called for the next 60 days.

The county has also begun delivering food to home-bound seniors. To sign up for delivery, residents may call (805) 543-2444 or visit readyslo.org.

San Luis Obispo County has 42 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Six of those patients have recovered, according to health officials. Two patients who have been hospitalized are reportedly stable.