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SLO Very Thankful for Face Coverings

Posted June 30, 2020

Face coverings have become a regular part of San Luis Obispo’s style especially since wearing one in public became a California State executive order in June. Great news is many local stores have started making and/or selling face masks that range from cool bandana styles to using creative patterns and everything in between. We suggest stopping by some of the local stores listed below to pick up one or two face coverings. You can even be a trendsetter prior to your arrival by ordering by preordering online.

Hands Gallery: There adorable patterns make you feel like you are on vacation but be careful, these masks have been known to sell out quickly.

HumanKind Fair Trade: They have an array of face masks for different age groups and we are especially loving their CDC approved linen mask that also helps support underserved and vulnerable communities receiving a mask with every purchase.

Cal Poly Downtown Store: A great way to show off that Mustang pride! Go with a classic green and white version or rock the “CP” around town.

Granada Grocery: Check out their carefully crafted kits including a “Bandits” mask, gloves, sanitizer, and a roll of tp! These kits are pure gold right now.

Blackwater: The Shark Mouth design by Ninja Mask…enough said. These masks also support The Los Angeles Fashion Industry Workers.

Madonna Inn Gift Shop: Fashionable and flexible tube scarf masks from cheetah, snake, paisley, or camo print that also double up as a headband!

Cut and Run Fabrics: An array of carefully selected fabrics which all have easily adjusted elastic ties to help keep your mask as secure as you need it.

Mannikins Tailoring: If you have not found the face covering of your dreams, then there’s also the option of a custom face mask while cruising downtown. Make sure to bring your own or use of the Visitor Center’s free and temporary masks located across the street while you wait for your new custom creation.

And don’t worry, if you forgot your mask or can’t find the right one that fits your style, the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce’s Visitor Center is currently handing out free temporary masks to get you through the day.  They are centrally located downtown on the corner at 895 Monterey Street.

After you have your new stylish face covering, it’s important to note when and where they are required by the State of California. Also remember that cloth face coverings are not a substitute for physical distancing, washing hands, and staying home when ill, but they may be helpful when combined with these primary interventions.

  • Facial covering must be worn when indoors any public building or space including restaurants, retail shops, churches, hair and nail salons, fitness centers, museums, parks, etc.
  • Facial coverings are required when waiting in a line, whether indoors or outdoors.
  • Facial coverings do not need to be worn when in private homes.
  • If you are outside recreating and can maintain at least 6 ft. of distance, you do not need to wear a facial covering.