While we have come a long way since the first shutdown order, there is still work to be done. Along with local businesses, you are key to our community’s economic recovery. 

Due to an increase in local cases, SLO County is expected to be placed on the state’s watch list which will have an enormous impact on bars and indoor dining. 

Here’s what we know — the top three activities associated with spikes in cases are going to bars, hanging out with friends and family gatherings. Even though you may have good intentions when going to that family BBQ or neighborhood block party, science has shown us that it’s just not a good idea — and can actually hurt your loved ones and our economy. We can all play a part in making it more likely that schools will be able to have in person classes in the fall, that community events can start up again, and that businesses will be able to stay open. 

Economic development and recovery aren’t abstract phrases or concepts, it is something that each and every one of us has the power to accelerate. An economy can’t exist without people and — as we’ve all seen — the health of customers, employees and our broader community is key to a healthy economy. 

Here’s what you can do as an individual to aid the health of your family and friends, neighbors and strangers, local businesses and our economy as a whole.

  • Stay home if you are feeling sick
  • If you must go out, remember to avoid the three c’s (closed spaces, crowds, close contact) and stay 6 ft. apart from other people and keep any gatherings outdoors as much as possible
  • Wear a face covering whenever you are in public or near people outside of your shelter group
  • Wash your hands
  • Limit the time you are in contact with others — even friends and family that you have missed so much! 
  • Avoid traveling out of the area
  • Work from home if possible

You can hear reminders about social bubbles and safe ways to interact around the 27 minute mark of the County’s public health briefing July 1st.

We know you’ve heard this a lot, but we’re all in this together and our community can get through this together, but only by working together. It’s been an unprecedented challenging time and we have a long road ahead of us, but we have the power to keep our community safe and begin to rebuild our economy. We can ensure the health of each other and the health of our business community by being diligent with these simple measures.