Coronavirus Series: Local impact and reaction to COVID-19 on the Central Coast

Coronavirus Series: Local impact and reaction to COVID-19 on the Central Coast

From the April 10 recap: Lompoc news you may have missed this week series

We are working hard to get answers about the impact and reaction to the coronavirus in Santa Barbara County, this is a collection of those stories. Do you have a question about coronavirus in Santa Barbara County? The Santa Maria Times news staff will work to answer your questions. Post them to our Facebook page, or email MCooley@SantaMariaTimes.com.  You can support the work of local journalists working hard in your hometown by signing up for a News+ Membership online

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Along with declaring a local emergency, which made the city eligible for potential reimbursements from FEMA, the City Council voted unanimously to waive late fees and nonpayment shut-offs for utility customers, to close City Hall to the public beginning Wednesday, and to cancel all future committee and commission meetings — except for those of the City Council and Planning Commission — through April.

Multiple Lompoc dispensaries have reported increased business amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but the news hasn’t all been positive. Some shops have had to lay off employees and/or reduce staff hours, and some ancillary workers are losing out on opportunities due to the outbreak, but many of those within the industry have remained optimistic that the negative impacts won’t be long-term.

OUR VIEW Somehow, the jokes we saw online on April Fool's Day weren’t as funny as they should have been — but they did offer some badly-needed relief from the unrelenting barrage of bad news about the coronavirus, which continues to climb the threat mountain.