Music Matters

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There is a  directive in SLO County to prohibit the performance of live music, even when performed outside with established health precautions, that severely limits local musicians from earning a sustainable living. It hurts the profitable operation of businesses that are able to safely host live music entertainment according to the established precautions and that also prohibits the citizens of the San Luis Obispo County from participating in a safe and mentally and physically healthy outdoor recreation.

We recognize Covid-19 as a serious and legitimate community health issue that requires comprehensive action. At the same time we are in opposition to the San Luis Obispo County Directive that prohibits all forms of live music entertainment in the county, even if performed outside and with established precautions being followed.  We maintain that with proper and established mitigations, live music can be performed safely and enjoyed by the citizens of San Luis Obispo County; much the same as outdoor dining is permissible. Therefore, we request that the county change this directive to allow for live music to be performed outside when proper distancing, masking precautions and venue compliance and enforcement of the agreed regulations are in place.

We request guidelines for the safe operation in SLO County of outside music performance as soon as possible.