PASO ROBLES — On Tuesday, Mar. 17 the City of Paso Robles held a meeting via teleconference as it ratified a state of emergency for the City that was declared by City Manager Tom Frutchey on Mar. 18 in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Both the City Council and the Disaster Council unanimously voted to approve the declaration.

“In speaking with the Mayor of Morro Bay who is involved in the medical industry, he says, ‘We’ve all been exposed, we just don’t know it yet,’” Mayor Steve Martin said. “So it’s important that we maintain the proper precautions to make sure that we can help blunt the spread of this virus.”

The declaration opens funds from the state and federal government and increases the City’s chances of getting reimbursed by the governments. The ratification also opens the Emergency Operation Center and designates all City Staff as emergency workers.