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No citations issued in Paso Robles for failure to comply with shelter at home orders 

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–The City of Paso Robles is prepared to enforce provisions of California and San Luis Obispo County Shelter at Home orders,” but to date, hasn’t issued any citations, according to Paso Robles Police Chief Ty Lewis.

“However, we have contacted numerous businesses and worked to educate owners regarding their ability to stay open during this crisis,” said Lewis. “We also continue to work with the County of San Luis Obispo to disseminate information regarding the orders as changes are made. Our goal is to evoke a sense of civic pride and social responsibility through our educational efforts. However, if willful compliance is not obtained, the city is prepared to protect the community through enforcement action. However, such action would only be as a last result.”

The city can use its Administrative Citation ability to fine those that don’t comply, Lewis says. Fines start at $100 for the first citation and double for each subsequent violation, up to a maximum of $1,000 per citation. The city can also take action against business licenses through suspension or revocation.

“Again, we are hopeful that such drastic action won’t be required in our community,” Lewis says.


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