County officials announced today that two local executive orders are being lifted related to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), and another is being issued.

The County today lifted an Executive Order limiting occupancy rates of short-term lodging facilities. The County also lifted a Public Health Officer Order restricting visitors and non- essential personnel from hospitals and certain types of licensed residential facilities, and replaced it with another Public Health Officer Order to continue 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. “For this reason, we continue to restrict visitors to skilled nursing facilities.”

The short-term lodging order was intended to reduce the risk of transmission from out-of-area travelers and the original visitation order was put in place to protect medically vulnerable individuals. Now that the State has issued guidance and best practices for both hotels and for hospitals and residential facilities, the County is lifting the related local orders.

“We continue to emphasize that now is not the time for leisure travel and to remind potential visitors that the statewide order restricting non-essential travel remains in effect,” Dr.

Borenstein said. “The greatest public health vulnerability in our county is the spread of COVID- 19 from other areas experiencing high rates of infection. We ask everyone in SLO County and in our neighboring counties to respect the statewide order.”

For updates on COVID-19 in SLO County and to see the full text of these orders, visit ReadySLO.org. A staffed phone assistance center at (805) 543-2444 is available Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to assist with questions related to COVID-19.