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Posted on: March 16, 2020

City Continues to Provide Essential Services, while following County Social Distancing Requirements

Morro Bay, CA – The City of Morro Bay has been closely monitoring the emerging and rapidly evolving Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation and working with our partners at the county and state level to remain current on the most up-to-date information and guidance as it becomes available. Today, San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department reported a third individual in the County has tested positive for COVID-19.

Social Distancing 

Given this, and in line with Gov. Newsom’s direction on March 15th regarding protective actions for bars and restaurants, SLO County Administrative Officer and Emergency Services Director Wade Horton has issued an executive order to protect the public’s health by temporarily prohibiting alcohol sales at onsite alcohol-serving establishments (including restaurants) from Monday, March 16, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. to Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 12:01 p.m. This action was carefully considered and determined that it is necessary, according to CAO Wade Horton, "to take immediate action to slow the spread of the virus over the St. Patrick’s Day Holiday and to limit large gatherings in public serving spaces."

The City of Morro Bay adheres to the directives from the County, including the temporary prohibition of alcohol sales at onsite alcohol-serving establishments (restaurants included) beginning tonight at 5:00 pm tonight through 12:01 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18. Recognizing the impact that this order, and the entire pandemic, will have on the local economy and local businesses, City staff is actively engaged with the local Chamber of Commerce to help mitigate the impacts. 

City Meetings and Public Events 

The City has cancelled the Planning Commission and Tourism Board meetings scheduled for this week.  City Council will hold a special meeting on Thursday, March 19, 2020 to review the recommendation to ratify the local emergency declaration issued by the City Manager. More details will be provided about this meeting on the City’s website by Wednesday, March 18, 2020.   

The Annual Garage Sale event has been postponed to the last weekend in May 2020.  The City will soon review other large public events planned for April and early May to determine if those should be cancelled or postponement due to concerns related to COVID-19.  More information to come on that.    

City Continues to Provide Essential Services 

During this emergency, the City of Morro Bay is committed to continue to provide essential services to our community, in a safe manner. We are strong and resilient, and collectively, as a community, region and country we will traverse the ever-changing landscape of this situation and get through this pandemic. Currently, public counters at City facilities except for City Hall and the Fire Department, are closed. City employees are working and able to respond to customers via phone or e-mail at this time. In addition, City Hall and the Fire Department are still open to community members who need assistance or have questions. The City is working with partners to ensure that senior food programs continue during the pandemic and is reviewing opportunities to expand those programs.  More information to come soon. 

While the City is open for business, our primary goal and objective is to provide safe environment for our community, our employee community, our residents, and our businesses with an emphasis on supporting core public safety services.

This is a shared experience that we are all navigating together, please know that your City is here to assist you. The City is working on developing a COVID-19 information webpage for updates, press releases, helpful links and frequently asked questions.  However, in the meantime please feel free to contact City Hall with any questions, 805-772-6222, the County Public Health Office at 805-543-2444 or visit Please remember, it is important to remain calm and for us each to do our part in slowing the spread of the illness in our community so that we don’t overwhelm our local healthcare system.



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