Open & Safe: Information & Resources for visiting San Luis Obispo. Learn more.

The City of San Luis Obispo considers the health and safety of our residents and visitors our highest priority, especially during these times. San Luis Obispo is committed to providing our visitors with timely and accurate information as we navigate through the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. We are working closely with local, state, and government agencies to provide the most up-to-date information.

State and Local Status of COVID-19

As of September 22, 2020 the County of San Luis Obispo has moved into the State of California’s Tier 2 (Red) blueprint criteria, meaning that the City of San Luis Obispo can move further into re-opening some non-essential indoor business operations at specific maximum capacities. To view a full list of various sectors status, click here.

Updated indoor operations that must remain closed:

  • Bars, distilleries, and breweries where no meals are provided
  • Concert venues, convention centers, live theaters, and nightclubs

San Luis Obispo and many tourism amenities including hotels and lodging businesses continue to remain open. After fully implementing strict guidelines to ensure the health and wellbeing of visitors, lodging establishments continue to ensure that safety measures including physical distancing, wearing face coverings, and enhanced sanitation practices remain a top priority for residents and visitors to ensure an open and safe experience for everyone in San Luis Obispo.

San Luis Obispo has been preparing for your arrival to ensure you have a memorable and safe experience. When you feel comfortable to make your visit, we will be ready to safely welcome you here.

What’s Open

  • Lodging Properties including hotels, motels, and homestays
  • Restaurants who offer take-out and outdoor seating with modifications
  • Dine-in restaurants with indoor modifications and capacity limitations
  • Sunset Drive-In
  • Indoor movie theaters with modifications and capacity limitations
  • Hair and beauty salons with modifications and capacity limitations
  • Museums with indoor modifications and capacity limitations
  • Many retail & clothing stores
  • Hiking & biking trails
  • Nearby beaches
  • San Luis Obispo Visitors Center
  • And more!

For those ready to travel, Visit California continues to encourage that they do so safely and responsibly – plan ahead, physically distance, wash hands and wear face coverings. San Luis Obispo has embraced California’s Responsible Travel Code and we hope you do too! #RespectCalifornia because we are all #SLOtogether.

Health & Safety

Our commitment to the health of our visitors and community never wavers. Our lodging properties and local businesses are dedicated to following the Open & Safe guidelines. When visiting San Luis Obispo, you many notice that businesses are adding additional safety measures to protect their staff and their customers. We know these simple precautions help keep us all safe and healthy. Please be mindful and compliant with their specific safety guidelines. Examples may include:

  • Request the use of hand sanitizer
  • Limited number of guests or customers admitted
  • People in California must wear face coverings in most settings outside the home. For details on the California Public Health Official’s guidance please click here.

And remember, please stay home if you are sick. We promise to still be here when you are healthy again.

If you have any questions or need assistance in planning your visit, please call us at 1-877-SLO-TOWN.

Shopping & Dining Options

Things are a little different than usual in San Luis Obispo, as you might imagine. Click on the icons below to see what shops and restaurants are open.

SLO Shopping

SLO take out map


To learn more about the impact of COVID-19 across San Luis Obispo County, you can visit for current updates.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
U.S. Travel Association:
California Department of Public Health:
San Luis Obispo County Health Agency:

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