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SLO County businesses prepare to operate inside, potentially as soon as Tuesday

Mason Bar and Kitchen

ARROYO GRANDE, Calif. – Some businesses in San Luis Obispo County might be able to reopen a few indoor operations starting Tuesday.

For Mason Bar and Kitchen general manager Daniel Perez, Tuesday could bring the news he's been waiting for.

“For us, waiting to see exactly what are the specifics going to be,” said Perez.  

As of Monday, only outdoor dining is allowed because of San Luis Obispo County's infection rate, but that may soon change.

Restaurants are grateful for their patrons.

“The support, the patience, the understanding, appreciation, gratitude,” said Perez. “I can go on and on on how it has been.”

Tomorrow the state will announce if San Luis Obispo County can move into the second tier of the reopening plan. It will only happen if they meet the two-week metric requirements.

“We're excited about it,” said Perez, “but first and foremost, making sure that the staff are safe as well as the guests."

If the county gets approval, gyms, restaurants, nail salons and more could reopen indoors with limited capacity and distancing.

Businessess are preparing for it.

"Making sure that we're compliant with the health department, SLO County Public Health, our health inspector,” said Perez. “Making sure all those things are taken care of before we start really looking at all the logistics and challenges of operating outside as well as inside.”

San Luis Obispo County has the opportunity to potentially go from outdoor to indoor dining and residents are thrilled for this transition.

“I think it’s great,” said Arroyo Grande resident Erika Mohr. “I think people are ready to go back to some normalcy.”

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