SLO County Provides New Mask Guidelines for Youth Activities, Large Gatherings and Performing Arts

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY, Calif. — The San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department has new guidelines for residents to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 Friday afternoon.

County Public Health has new guidelines for youth sports and activities, large gatherings and the performing arts.

The new guidelines aim to combat the spread of the delta variant of COVID-19.

The guidelines include requiring masks indoors in public places.

The guide also adds recommendations and best practices regarding face coverings, vaccination, COVID-19 testing, transport and hygiene.

In that order, anyone who does not follow these guidelines could face a citation, a reduction, or both.

The guidelines apply to school, public and private activities, as well as activities outside of schools such as community leagues or lessons, including performing arts.

“These tips help clarify expectations to protect our community, especially our youth, from COVID-19. It also provides ways to go beyond requirements and apply additional levels of protection to make activities as safe as possible,” said county health officer Dr. Penny Borenstein.

According to county public health, despite the increased number of vaccines, the county is still experiencing high levels of community transmission. They say most cases involve unvaccinated community members, but the proportion of decisive cases is increasing.

“Following these requirements and best practices is critical to keeping our community safe and open during this wave,” Dr. Borenstein said. “Vaccination continues to be our best path out of the pandemic. Until we get there, masking, testing, and other common-sense precautions allow us to safely continue with the activities we love, like sports and the performing arts.

To read the full guide, click here.

The county continues to encourage residents to get the COVID-19 vaccine, to schedule an appointment click here or call 833-422-4255.

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