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Businesses serving customers outdoors modify operations again due to wildfire smoke

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Posted at 6:11 PM, Aug 20, 2020

Smoke-filled skies are prompting some businesses on the Central Coast to close their doors or modify operations.

This is the first time popular downtown San Luis Obispo restaurant Novo has ever closed due to smoke.

"For 50 years I've lived in San Luis County and I've never experienced the smoke like this," said owner Robin Covey.

Covey says the health of his employees primarily went into the decision to keep doors closed on Thursday.

"We have large patios and the employees have to set up the umbrellas and move tables and everything so I just thought it was not a good idea," Covey explained.

Meantime, the air quality is also putting a damper on workouts.

CYB Studios in Arroyo Grande was forced to cancel its outdoor barre class on Thursday.

"Definitely disappointing and frustrating but you can't know what to expect in 2020," said Stephanie Moran, CYB Studios CEO and Founder.

They've also made further adjustments to outdoor classes through Monday due to the smoke by switching to pre-recorded and livestreamed classes only.

"We are definitely learning to roll with the punches," Moran explained.

In Paso Robles, Marv's Pizza is also being hit with curveballs.

From heat and now the smoke, they've removed outdoor seating in their parklet area, leaving just a few tables on the sidewalk.

"I would say in the last two days we've probably experienced maybe 3 to 5 customers outside but our takeout has been busy," said manager Donald Syracuse.

Also due to the poor air quality, Dining in the Park will not be happening in Paso Robles on Thursday night.

Sensorio Field of Light announced it'll be closed, too.

Luna Red and Mint and Craft restaurants in San Luis Obispo decided to close on Thursday as well.