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Emergency order by San Luis Obispo County limits tourism ahead of Memorial Day weekend

Posted at 7:35 PM, May 17, 2020

An emergency order that limits hotel and short-term lodging occupancy rates to no more than 50% is now in effect in San Luis Obispo County.

As part of the order, the rooms are to be used only for "essential travel."

One tourist from San Diego visiting Ragged Point Inn said she disagrees with a need for the order.

“The numbers are coming down and they’re getting more restrictive. It doesn’t seem right, people are wearing masks, they are physical distancing. Why are we going backwards?" said Michelle Baca.

Another guest visiting from Texas said he has not ran into any sanitation issues while paying the Central Coast a visit.

“I think there are doing an exceptional job here, better than I saw in Northern California, better than I saw in Dallas, better than I saw in Colorado of keeping rooms clean and probably even better than some of our houses,” said Greg Pfaff.

According to the San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department, however, the order is being put in place as an effort to prevent people in other communities from spreading the virus in the county.

Included in the order, campgrounds such as Lopez Lake, Oceano Memorial Park and Santa Margarita Lake will be limited to only San Luis Obispo County residents starting Monday.

The emergency order will be reviewed every 14 days.