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COVID-19: Third case reported, authorities prohibit on-site alcohol sales for St. Patrick’s Day 

Order restricts on-site alcohol sales from Mon. at 5 p.m. to Wed. at 12 p.m.

–The County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Department reports today that a third individual in San Luis Obispo County has tested positive for novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This individual is a household member of the second SLO County resident confirmed to have the illness. The individual is recovering in isolation at home and is fully cooperating with the Public Health Department’s investigation.

Following this confirmation and Gov. Newsom’s direction on March 15 regarding protective actions for bars and restaurants, County Administrative Officer and Emergency Services Director Wade Horton issued an executive order Monday at 2:30 p.m. to protect the public’s health by temporarily prohibiting alcohol sales at onsite alcohol-serving establishments, including all bars, restaurants, and all locations that serve alcohol on site. The order is in effect from Monday, March 16, 2020, at 5 p.m. to Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at 12:01 p.m.

“We need 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,” said Horton.

The health department will provide additional direction to inform local businesses in implementing the governor’s guidance upon receipt of the guidance document from the Governor’s office.


City implores businesses to follow alcohol prohibition for Saint Patrick’s Day

–The County of San Luis Obispo issued an executive order today to protect the public’s health during the upcoming Saint Patrick’s Day holiday period by temporarily limiting alcohol sales at onsite alcohol-serving establishments from Monday, March 16th, 2020, at 5 p.m. to Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at 12:01 p.m.. the City of Paso Robles announced in a statement.

The Paso Robles Police Department is imploring all City of Paso Robles businesses serving alcohol onsite to comply with the county’s order.

Paso Robles Police Chief Ty Lewis said, “Our local drinking establishments should recognize their social responsibilities regarding this important public health crisis. Even though Saint Patrick’s Day is typically a time to gather and celebrate, this year we are imploring our local alcohol-serving establishments to honor the county and governor’s directives regarding social distancing and community gatherings.”

Chief Lewis discussed the County’s order during a conference call with the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce, Main Street Association, Wine Country Alliance, and Travel Paso today. Chief Lewis said, “All of our city leadership groups committed to socially responsible health practices and to honor government directives regarding social distancing and community gatherings.”


Pappy McGregor’s had already canceled its St. Patrick’s Day festivities

The popular downtown restaurant and bar Pappy McGregors issued a statement Sunday canceling St. Patricks’ Day festivities, “Due to the COVID-19 virus we are canceling our traditional 6 a.m. opening and festivities on St. Patrick’s Day. We typically have crowds in the 100s here to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day,” the statement said.

“Although we are disappointed in making this decision it is the safety and well-being of our staff, our customers and our community that is about most priority. That being said, we will limit the amount of guests inside Pappy McGregor’s on St. Patrick’s Day and will only be offering table and barstools service for lunch and dinner, with no standing room allowed to keep crowd size to a minimum. We will open for normal business starting at 11 a.m. Our kitchen will be offering our full menu along with a corned beef and cabbage taco special for both lunch and dinner.”

“We ask if you were not feeling well to please stay home to keep our community as safe as possible. Thank you for your continued support and understanding!”


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