Laura Place

Santa Maria City Reporter

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Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Laura Place covers city government, policy and elections in Santa Maria and Santa Barbara County. Follow her on Twitter @itslaurasplace

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"As we were doing the cleanup here and getting everything ready [Tuesday], I got a call from my attorney that, 'Yes, we’re reopening,'" Old Orcutt Barber Shop's Albert Licerio said. "That was at noon, and I started getting calls at 2:10. There were 60 messages from people." 

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Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties both received approval from the state Wednesday to reopen dine-in services at restaurants and in-store retail after pushing for the ability to move ahead in the state's COVID-19 reopening process. 

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Leaders from Santa Maria, Lompoc, Guadalupe and communities in the Santa Ynez Valley have launched a campaign urging residents to wear masks in order to protect their neighbors as businesses slowly reopen in Santa Barbara County.

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